Charities

All pledge money raised will go towards either Vanier Children’s ServicesOxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre and/or KidSport™ London.

Read below for more information about each charity and start collecting pledges! 


 

Vanier Children’s Services

Celebrating 50 Years of Children’s Mental Health Service Delivery 1965 – 2015

Vanier Children’s Services is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015!! In 1965, a dedicated group of community individuals and funders founded Madame Vanier Children’s Services, established as the first licensed children’s treatment facility in the province of Ontario. We now serve over 1,000 children and their families, each year!

Since 1965, Vanier Children’s Services has provided innovative and successful clinical support for thousands of children with mental health and behavioural challenges. We know, supported by research, that early identification of mental health difficulties, combined with timely and appropriate intervention, WORKS.

  • 1 in 5 kids in Ontario struggles with their mental health. You probably know one.
  • 1.2 million Canadian young people are currently affected by a mental health concern.
  • Only 1 in 6 kids in Ontario with mental health problems, gets treatment.

This “Story of Hope” is representative of the impact Vanier made, in one family’s life:

“Our daughter’s struggle with staying seated at her desk for hours at a time turned into the gift of having energy to always be active. She is a member of her school’s swim team and has the endurance to gain speed when others tire. She developed the confidence to become a lifeguard.

Her struggle with coping in large social situations, such as recess, led her to spend time in the library…her love of books opened many doors for her, and now she has a job in a public library. Her sensitivity to sound, which made it difficult for her to remain calm when things became loud, is now managed through listening to music. She plays the violin and guitar, and our home is filled with music. She is determined to overcome her fear of singing in front of people…she amazes me. In order to spend more quality time with her, my husband also took up the guitar. Her coping mechanism to remain focused in school, by doodling, was often seen as a way of her avoiding her work…her creative abilities have resulted in amazing pieces of visual art. She is either writing, drawing or reading whenever she can. Her dream careers are architecture or psychology.

ADHD is a gift, not something to be feared or be ashamed by…things that people view as negative can be turned into something truly beautiful if you have the courage to be an individual and stay proud of who you are. I always said “if we can get her through being a child, keeping all of the characteristics that make her who she is, she will become an amazing adult.” We hope that her success is an inspiration to you – we are so grateful that our paths crossed with Vanier – working together towards her success was well worth it.”

We offer:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Early years (0-6yr) specialty assessment and therapy
  • Family counselling
  • Community outreach
  • Day and overnight respite
  • In-home counselling
  • Treatment Classrooms
  • Residential Treatment

We are active and willing partners in community collaborations, designing improved service pathways and the reduction of barriers, including the stigma associated with mental health care.

Vanier is recognized throughout the city of London and the province of Ontario as a leader in children’s mental health services. Vanier is an accredited member of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services.


 

Oxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre

Oxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre is an outpatient community mental health centre for children/youth (0-18) and their families, serving residents of Oxford and Elgin Counties. OECYC is governed by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors and is an accredited member centre of Children’s Mental Health Ontario. It is a free service for children and their families.   The Centre offers walk-in counseling services to young people and their families. Reasons clients may wish to come to counseling are many and vary and include such things as: bereavement, depression, family violence, behavioural concerns, school or social difficulties, parent/child conflicts, substance abuse, sexuality concerns and awareness, crisis response and urgent care and more.   The therapists at Oxford-Elgin Child & Youth Centre are trained professionals. They provide support in a caring and professional manner. They believe that every child or youth is a unique individual whose needs are best met by:

Providing a broad range of efficient and effective services that focus on strength.
Being responsive to the changing needs of families and community.
Working collaboratively with other community resources in order to provide optimal services emphasizing continuity of care.

Our mission is to improve the mental health and quality of life for children, youth, and families by delivering a continuum of effective services in Oxford and Elgin Counties.


 

KidSport™ London

KidSport™ is a grass roots Canadian non-profit organization that provides support to under-resourced children and youth 18 years of age and under by removing financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

KidSport believes that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.

KidSport is about Kids…Success is measured by the number of children who have been helped as a result of KidSport’s initiatives and supporters.

KidSport is about Fun…The primary goal of children’s sport programming should be that each child has so much fun that they can’t wait to play again next season!

KidSport is about the Future…All kids should be given the opportunity to develop healthy lifestyles, no matter the financial, physical or language barriers that may exist! Staying physically active helps encourage children to maintain healthy habits throughout their whole lives. The challenges that come with playing sports also teach children valuable life lessons and skills including leadership, practice, hard work, dedication and self confidence.

For more information visit kidsportcanada.ca