You might have heard about the grand opening of PenFinancial’s new branch on Fourth Avenue earlier this month. As part of their “truly local commitment to helping improve lives and strengthen communities in Niagara,” CMHA Niagara was selected as one of its 12 community partners! What does this mean, you ask? The branch has committed to thanking new members by giving them the opportunity to choose where they’d like PenFinancial to invest their “new member truly local community investment.” When new members choose CMHA Niagara, they support the investment of a one-on-one session with a mental health counsellor at our [...]
On Saturday, June 2nd the sun was shining for enthusiastic golfers ready to bring mental health into the spotlight while raising funds to support local programs and services through the 3rd annual Paul Everest Memorial Golf Tournament. This year, 48 golfers came together to play a round of 18 holes and were joined by an additional 16 people for steak dinner afterwards at the Innerkip Highlands Golf Course. In its third year, the Paul Everest Memorial Golf Tournament raised a record-breaking $6,500 for local mental health programs, bringing the collective total raised from this event to approximately $13,500 to-date! The [...]
This month we were grateful to receive a generous donation of essential toiletries from Wishlist Niagara in support of our Safe Beds program. Safe Beds provides short term crisis support (3-5 days) in a safe, therapeutic environment as an alternative to hospitalization. During their stay, clients work with staff members to develop short terms goals, coping strategies, and an individualized recovery plan to work towards during and after their stay at Safe Beds. Each client receives a “welcome kit” with essential toiletries and is provided with 3 healthy meals per day. Thank you to all the friends and family of [...]
On November 8th, members of our Fund Development Committee met with representatives from the Omega Sigma Chi of Brock University to celebrate their noteworthy fundraising efforts. They have been supporting mental health through our agency since 2015, and raised an incredible $2,263.15 this year! With over 7000 hours dedicated to various philanthropic efforts over the years, we're grateful to have their support! To the wonderful students of Omega Sigma Chi: we simply cannot thank you enough for your generosity.
This past May, Associate-Owners of the Shoppers Drug Marts in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, and Welland hosted their Spring Beauty Gala in support of women's mental health. Thanks to their dedication to the campaign, and their customers' generosity, they were able to collectively raise $22,125 for CMHA Niagara's Women and Wellness! To all participating stores and individuals who supported the campaign, we cannot thank you enough. It's inspiring to see what incredible things can be accomplished when we work together. The funds raised by CMHA Niagara's Women and Wellness event help support our Walk-In Counselling [...]
On September 9th our Board member Alex Pedersen married her husband Frank Riddle. In lieu of wedding favours, the newlyweds decided to make a donation on their guests' behalf to CMHA Niagara. Their heartwarming gesture will help support much needed local mental health initiatives. Thank you, Alex and Frank, for your generous and selfless contribution to our agency. We are so grateful to have support from individuals like you who make the work we do possible. We couldn’t do it without you. Please join us in congratulating Alex and Frank! We wish you both a lifetime of happiness together.
On June 3, 2017 the Paul Everest Memorial Golf Tournament set out to make a difference for the second year in a row, raising an incredible $4165 in donations for mental health. In honour of their son's memory, this tournament helps raise essential funds that directly support the services we offer to residents of the Niagara Region. We'd like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Everest family, and everyone else involved in this endeavor, for supporting the work we do and the cause we stand for. Because of your support we are better able to serve Niagara and connect [...]
On May 5, 2017, Brock University hosted a BBQ fundraiser benefiting our branch as part of their Mental Health Week event lineup. Thanks to the leadership of Health Management Consultant, Bailey Seward, the BBQ was a great success raising $352 in support of local mental health initiatives! A big thank you goes out to Brock for their continued support of our agency, and to everyone else who was involved in this initiative. We look forward to seeing what the University continues to do in support of raising mental health awareness in the future! You can read more about the BBQ here: https://brocku.ca/…/mental-health-week-yields-donation-to-…/
On Wednesday, May 10th our Executive Director George Kurzawa attended Ontario's Water Conference and Trade Show. We'd like to thank the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA), Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA), and Ontario Water Works Equipment Association (OWMEA) for their generous donation of $900 to CMHA Niagara! As you can tell by the picture below, our staff and volunteers were very excited to hear this announcement at our branch meeting on May 17. From Left to Right: Marcus Firman, OWWA President; George Kurzawa, Executive Director CMHA Niagara; Bill Garibaldi, OWWA Past-President
Barbara Collins, a Registered Art Psychotherapist with Kinark Child and Family Services, curates an art show entitled "Touched by Fire" every summer. This year, a youth participating in the art show created a painting and requested that the funds from the sale of the painting be anonymously donated to our agency in gratitude for the support they received from us. Attached with the donation was the following note: "Dear CMHA Niagara, I am a youth who has been touched by mental health, not only through my own struggles, but those of friends and family. I wanted to donate this money [...]