November 9, 2010
Brampton - Today Peel Children’s Centre welcomed funders, donors, and elected officials to an event celebrating the renovation of a residence that will house the Centre’s Residential Treatment Program for children ages 7 to 11 who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
The project, located on Queen St. West in Brampton, is renovating an existing home and adding a 6-bedroom wing for the children who receive mental health treatment in this program.
“This larger facility will enable us to better meet the needs of children who are currently being treated at a smaller residence in Brampton,” said Humphrey Mitchell, the Centre’s Executive Director. “Thanks to the support of our generous funders and donors, construction is well under way, with an anticipated move-in date of next summer.”
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services for a major capital grant of $450,000 towards the renovations,” said Roman Boychuk, President of PCC’s Board of Directors. “The Ministry’s lead funding is also providing the impetus to bring other donors to the table.”
The Honourable Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services, joined the celebration. “Our investment of $450,000 towards building this new residential facility is an example of our commitment to improving children’s mental health services - here in Peel Region, and across our province.” said Minister Broten.
Brampton West MPP Vic Dhillon welcomed the new facility to his riding. “PCC’s residential treatment programs help children with mental health difficulties learn how to cope with life’s challenges so they will have greater success at home, at school, and in our community.”
In the words of a parent whose child was treated at PCC’s current residence for children ages 7 to 11, “…We had a great experience at the residential treatment program. All staff were amazing. Big difference in my son after treatment.”
Boychuk also thanked the donors who have provided grants to furnish and equip the new residence. “We are grateful to the TD Bank, CIBC, and BMO for their generous support,” Boychuk said.
TD Bank announced a $25,000 donation to the project at the event. CIBC has contributed $10,000 and the BMO Employees Charitable Foundation has donated $1,000.
“We continue to seek donations to complete this project,” Mitchell said. Community groups or individuals who would like to contribute can contact the Centre’s Development Department at 905-795-3500 ext. 2298, or contribute online at www.peelcc.org/donate.
“On behalf of the children and families who will benefit from this new residential treatment facility, our sincere thanks to all of the project’s funders and donors,” Mitchell said.
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Media enquiries: Mora Thompson, Peel Children’s Centre 905-795-3507