Thanking our strong community

Evening of Hope Gala
PCC celebrated our 30th anniversary with an inaugural Evening of Hope Gala, which raised more than $66,000 to support PCC’s services. The sold-out, 1930s-themed event welcomed over 200 guests and included live and silent auctions, live musical entertainment, and a much loved Charlie Chaplin impersonator.

Many thanks to Credit Valley Golf & Country Club for hosting the event and to our generous sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor, Bell Canada and Platinum Matching Sponsor, Scotiabank, whose contributions each exceeded $5,000
  • Bronze Sponsors: Christie Digital, Meridian Credit Union, Royal LePage Mississauga Lakeshore, and The Newland Group
  • Cocktail Sponsor: King Masonry Yard
  • Heads or Tails Sponsor: Erin Mills Town Centre
  • Raffle Sponsor: WestJet
  • Event Supporters: Ascona Foods Group Ltd., Engineering Harmonics, RP Dynamics Video Production Services, Logograph, Rogers TV Peel, Binswanger Hectare, Thomas Blake, City of Brampton, Amrit Khaper, Mississauga Convention Centre, Brian Moses, PCC Board of Directors, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP

Thanks to everyone who donated auction items, purchased tickets and bid on the auctions. Special thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, CTV Toronto’s Tom Brown, and live auctioneer, former CBC Radio broadcaster Fred Walker. Thank you to former PCC client Josh Copperthwaite for sharing his story with our guests. Thanks as well to the volunteers who helped to organize and run the event. You all contributed to making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and their families who are struggling with mental health challenges. To see photos from PCC’s Evening of Hope Gala, visit our Facebook page.

Leadership Gifts
We are extremely grateful for the following gifts valued at $5,000 or more:
  • RBC provided a $30,000 grant for PCC’s Group Services, as well as our RBC Career Launch Program intern, Samantha Tibshirani
  • Community Foundation of Mississauga donated $22,000 in support of PCC’s summer camp and Connect programs
  • Hydro One Brampton donated $15,000 from the proceeds of its golf tournament, raising its cumulative support over the past five years to $73,500
  • Peel Regional Police donated $11,500 raised from their annual Mother’s Day Brunch in support of PCC’s Child Witness program
  • CIBC provided a $10,000 donation in support of PCC’s Intensive Child and Family Services for children/youth ages 7 to 17.
  • Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund provided $7,000 for our summer camp, raising the fund’s cumulative support to $95,000.

Cosmic Bowl
Thanks to everyone who sponsored, bowled, pledged or provided donations to PCC’s 11th Annual Cosmic Bowl. PCC welcomed 280 bowlers and volunteers who came together to #StrikeOutStigma and raise over $42,000 for PCC and children's mental health. These funds will assist us in providing mental health treatment, support, and hope to more than 4,200 children, youth, and their families in our community in the coming year. Cumulatively, Cosmic Bowl has raised over $390,000 for PCC’s programs. Mark your calendars now for our 12th Annual Cosmic Bowl, taking place on May 26, 2016! Visit for more information.

Staples Back to School Drive
Thanks as well to Staples Business Depot’s Argentia Road store for again donating funds from its Back to School Drive to Peel Children’s Centre. Now in its 10th year, the Staples Back to School Drive is an annual campaign that raises funds to purchase school supplies for PCC children and youth in need, and resulted in an incredible $5,900 raised. Thanks to the generosity of Staples staff and customers, over 100 high-needs children and youth returned to school with everything they needed for another successful school year. Visit our YouTube channel to view a special "thank you" video we created for Staples customers and staff!

Holiday Gift Donations
Warm thanks to the following organizations that generously donated items or sponsored client families to enable them to enjoy the Christmas holidays:
  • Academy of Martial Arts
  • Adessa Toronto
  • Annalisa Medina
  • Antontella Repole
  • Caring & Sharing
  • Dealer Tire Canada
  • FedEx Ground
  • Ferno Canada
  • Fogh Boat Supplies
  • Ikea
  • Isaac and Sandra Raposo
  • Jessica Roselli
  • King Masonry Yard
  • Millennium 1 Solutions
  • Mississauga Firefighters Benevolent Fund
  • Mississauga Women’s Slo Pitch League
  • Momentum
  • National Bank Brampton
  • Pat Grady
  • Peel community members
  • Peel Paramedic Association
  • Peel Regional Police
  • Region of Peel (RPAM, SPPI & ICS)
  • Roman Boychuk
  • RR Donnelly Company
  • Ryan
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Tammi Lisson

Thanks as well to all the PCC employees, their families and friends who sponsored client families this holiday season.

United Way Campaign
Special thanks to our generous employees who raised more than $11,000 for the United Way this fall. Thank you to the members of our United Way committee for leading the way and making fundraising fun for everyone: co-chairs John Choi and Andrea Duncan, and members Colleen Bennett, Teri Gordon, Alexandra Healey, Stephanie Hiebert, Nancy Hood, Susan Lloyd, Philip Nicho, Meena Radhakrishnan, Mirella Santarossa, and Trish Soltysiak.

We greatly value the support we have received from all our community partners. Please visit our website for a comprehensive list of our donors.

Marell Tomeh, PCC’s Volunteer of the Year
The 2015 recipient of the Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award was Marell Tomeh. Marell, who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, became a volunteer in PCC’s mentor program at the encouragement of friends and family, who hoped that giving back to others would lift Marell’s spirits, too. In time, Marell became an outstanding role model to her young mentee, exemplifying PCC’s motto, “It’s About Hope.” After honouring Marell, PCC paid tribute to the award’s namesake, Ron Lenyk, a well-known, much loved resident of Mississauga and long-time PCC supporter who passed away in September.

PCC extends its heartfelt thanks to the more than 100 volunteers who supported PCC families this past year as childcare providers, drivers, mentors, tutors, respite providers and fundraising assistants. Your dedication has made a positive difference in the lives of high-needs children and youth.

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