November 26, 2011
For Immediate Release
Mississauga – Over 200 children and youth at risk of family breakdown or displacement from school in Peel Region will benefit from counselling and support services in the home, school and community this year, thanks to a $25,000 donation to Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) from CIBC.
PCC is a fully accredited children’s mental health agency serving Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. The donation will help fund the Intensive Child and Family Program (ICF), providing outreach service for children and youth ages 7 to 17 experiencing serious difficulties with their feelings, behaviour or relationships.
The donation will be presented at today’s grand opening of the CIBC Winston Churchill and Argentina Banking Centre in Mississauga, ON.
“At CIBC, we care about nurturing and educating Canada’s kids and young adults so they can build a better future," said Larry Tomei, CIBC's Senior Vice-President of Retail Distribution for Central Canada. "We are pleased to continue our investment in this program, a critical service of Peel Children's Centre."
Over the past six years, CIBC has donated more than $80,000 to Peel Children's Centre, including contributions from the CIBC Children's Foundation, through funds raised on CIBC Miracle Day, the first Wednesday of December each year since 1984. This year, CIBC Miracle Day will be on December 7, when CIBC’s wholesale banking and participating Wood Gundy employees will again be donating their fees and commissions to children’s charities, like Peel Children’s Centre, across Canada.
"Peel Children's Centre is grateful to CIBC for supporting services that bring hope to children, youth and their families who are experiencing serious mental health difficulties," said Humphrey Mitchell, the Centre's Executive Director.
"This leadership gift builds on CIBC’s $25,000 donation to the ICF program last year,” Mitchell added. “CIBC also donated $10,000 towards furnishings and equipment for Morgan House, our newest residential treatment facility which opened in Brampton earlier this year.”
From 2008 to 2010, 90 per cent of children or youth who completed treatment in the ICF program experienced clinically significant improvement functioning in daily life. ICF parent ratings of overall quality ranged from 92 to 94 per cent.
Peel Children’s Centre is a community based, not-for-profit, charitable organization that has provided a continuum of high quality mental health services for children, youth and their families since 1985. The Centre serves 3,700 children/youth annually with a budget exceeding $18 million. Information about the Centre and its services is available at www.peelcc.org.
Mora Thompson, Peel Children’s Centre