PCC is fortunate to have competent, engaged staff and volunteers who enable us to fulfill our mission. At our annual Celebration Day, we recognized long-term staff service, including four 25-year staff members, and awarded PCC’s Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award to Angeline Edralin.
This article also features two clinical research collaborations that demonstrate PCC’s commitment to ensuring that our services are clinically effective and meet the expectations of the children, youth and families who count on us.
25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DAY
On October 13th, PCC and our partner agency, Nexus Youth Services (NYS), held a special 25th anniversary Celebration Day to recognize long-term staff service and honour our volunteer of the year. The day’s theme was “Come Together,” celebrating the power of teamwork.
Our four longest-serving staff – Doug Clattenburg, Frank Inglese, Sheila Lavallee and Humphrey Mitchell – were congratulated on 25 years of service to the children and youth of Peel Region. Staff also paid tribute to colleagues with 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service.
PCC’s Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Angeline Edralin, our longest-serving volunteer. Angeline has helped PCC fundraise more than $450,000 over the past eight years. Congratulations, Angeline, and thank you! PCC counts on more than 100 volunteers like Angeline annually, and is fortunate to have a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to support the coordination of our volunteer services.
PCC and NYS staff also held live and silent auctions and made payroll pledges in support of the United Way. This year’s campaign raised close to $12,000 for the United Way of Peel Region. Many thanks to PCC and NYS staff for their generous support of the United Way.
In the photo: Ron Lenyk, PCC Development Coordinator Marla Bloomfield, PCC Volunteer Coordinator Linda Buchanan, Angeline Edralin.
RESEARCH GRANTS ADVANCE EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE AND REDUCE STIGMA
PCC is a partner in several clinical research projects, thanks to our staff’s success in building partnerships and securing research grants. Two of our recent projects are featured here.
Staff have secured a program evaluation research grant from the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health to continue implementing and evaluating Coping Power, an evidence-based treatment that works with parents and latency-aged (7-11) children who display aggressive behaviours. This intervention has been successful in our Connect Program and is now being implemented in two PCC Day Treatment classrooms.
We are also pleased to partner with Maria Liegghio, a doctoral student in social work at Wilfrid Laurier University, on Working with Youth with Mental Health Issues as Collaborators In Research about Self and Family Stigma. Many thanks to the Mental Health Commission of Canada for funding this project. PCC is grateful for this opportunity to contribute to the mental health field’s understanding of how to reduce stigma associated with a mental health diagnosis.