MORGAN HOUSE GRAND OPENING
We officially opened PCC’s new treatment residence in Brampton on June 24, 2011 and named it Morgan House after Brampton resident Joe Morgan, PCC’s founding Board President.
Roman Boychuk, current Board President, hosted a naming ceremony with Mr. Morgan and his family and friends, including former Ontario Premier Bill Davis, for whom Mr. Morgan served as a political advisor. Representatives attended from our primary funder, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; the project funders, CIBC and TD Bank; MPPs Linda Jeffrey, Vic Dhillon and Sylvia Jones; Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell; and Regional Councillor Paul Palleschi.
Children moved from our former Tullamore residence into Morgan House over the summer.
PCC provides internships for students in Social Work and Child and Youth Work. Humber College’s School of Social and Community Services has recognized PCC as a Field Placement Agency of Distinction. We have 16 interns at PCC this year while our sister agency, Nexus Youth Services, has four interns. The social work interns hail from Ryerson, Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier and York universities, while the CYW interns come from George Brown, Humber, Niagara and Sheridan colleges. University students also support PCC’s clinical research projects, often in partnership with their university. Our staff welcomed the interns with a party on September 21st, followed by an orientation tour of our program sites on October 19th.
At our annual Celebration Day on October 12th, PCC and Nexus recognized one of the largest groups of long-serving staff in our agencies’ histories. We presented one 25-year, two 20-year, five 15-year, 12 10-year, 14 five-year, and 11 one-year service awards. We are honoured that many of our staff dedicate long periods in their careers to our agencies. As a result, we have a world-class workforce that is deeply engaged in providing high-quality mental health services.
We were delighted that Ron Lenyk, CEO of the Living Arts Centre, was able to join us to present our Ron Lenyk Volunteer of the Year Award. This year’s award went to Matthew Ribeiro in recognition of his commitment to our Mentor Program.
PCC and Nexus staff also held a successful fundraising drive for the United Way of Peel Region, with proceeds from payroll pledges and a bake sale, candygram sale, silent auction, gift-basket challenge, 50/50 draw and “Dollars for Denim” exceeding $10,000.
INFORMATION SESSION ON EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE IN SCHOOL SETTINGS
On November 9th, 200 professionals from the education, health and social service sectors attended PCC’s information session on “Coping Power,” an evidence-based group program delivered in school settings for children 8 – 12 years of age who have emotional/behavioural difficulties.
The program’s developer, John Lochman, PhD from the University of Alabama, presented on the program. Staff from PCC and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) also presented the results/findings of our implementation and evaluation of Coping Power within the Connect and Day Treatment programs at PCC. This work was made possible with support and funding from the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.