Collette Foundation Donates $10,000 to PCC

Mississauga, ON (January 27, 2014) – Collette Foundation, the charitable arm of worldwide tour operator Collette, announces donations of $10,000 to the Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) and $7,500 to Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI).

“The culture of Collette is deeply rooted in giving essential support to the critical needs of our local communities,” said Brett Walker, general manager of Collette. “Our contribution to Peel Children’s Centre will aid children with behavioural and/or anxiety challenges as well as to their families that would not otherwise be able to benefit from traditional care.”

Established in 1984, Peel Children’s Centre serves the mental health treatment needs of children and youth (from birth to 17 years) living in the Region of Peel. Collette’s funding is earmarked toward the nonprofit’s Strongest Families program, which provides faster access to high quality service by offering family “help at home” using cost-effective, evidence-based interventions delivered by a team of highly trained coaches from a call-centre base.

“We are delighted to receive this generous donation from Collette Foundation,” said Humphrey Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of PCC. “Collette’s support will ensure that Strongest Families can continue to offer local families timely, telephone-based access to mental health services in the comfort of their homes.”

Collette’s funding toward PCYI will help offset the costs for its second annual Peel Youth Leaders Conference. The conference, held during the summer, offers training for young people in Peel that guide them in taking meaningful leadership roles in their community.

“In addition to our financial support of PCYI, our volunteer efforts have shown the Collette Foundation firsthand how meaningful the Peel Youth Leaders Conference is in engaging the region’s young adults,” said Walker. “One of the core values at Collette Foundation is collaboration and PCYI embodies this value through building incredible alliances between children and youth and community members and professionals who work in a wide variety of organizations and agencies.”

PCYI is a back-bone organization that works collaboratively with more than 100 partners and members who work with children, youth and families living in Peel. Its primary goal is to improve the lives of children and youth (0-24) in this region by improving systems, practices and policy changes through authentic community engagement.

“On behalf of the Peel Children and Youth Initiative, and our Youth Advisory Council, we thank the Collette Foundation for recognizing how important it is to support and help build the capacity of the young people in our own neighbourhood,” says Amanda Bordonaro, youth leadership coordinator at the Peel Children and Youth Initiative. “The Peel Youth Leaders Conference is a day dreamed up by youth, and thanks to Collette, we are able to make this a reality for aspiring young leaders in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon.”

Peel Children’s Centre is a fully accredited, charitable, community-based agency that enriches the lives of children and youth who experience social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges by providing a continuum of high quality mental health services.

Peel Children and Youth Initiative is a backbone organization that focuses on collective impact and working collaboratively with community partners to facilitate change. With over 100 member organizations, PCYI aims to ensure all of Peel’s children and youth (ages 0-24) will thrive and are able to reach their full potential.


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