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Celebrating Volunteers

In their role as tutor, mentor, special friend, board member, driver and more, volunteers make a significant difference to the lives of the children, youth and families in communities across the province. The Halton Children’s Aid Society (Halton CAS) supports National Volunteer Week—April 21-27, 2013—as a time to recognize the important role of volunteers in our society and the great work they do!

According to the 2011 United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, “. . . volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.”

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Quilters spread the warmth

An old-fashioned art form is bringing newfound comfort to those in need in our community.

the Halton Quilters Guild (HQG) has been providing their quilts to local charities as part of the group’s Comfort Quilt outreach program.

The HQG was established in 1977 and has a mandate for community outreach projects.

The guild distributes approximately 100 quilts per year to various local charities including the Children’s Aid Society, the Salvation Army, The Compassion Society, nursing homes and hospices.

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Children’s Mental Health Week

Raise awareness, decrease stigma and know that help is available!

Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children's Mental Health Week . 1 in 5 Ontario children and youth under the age of 19 has a mental health problem - that's about 500,000 kids.

Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, and even suicide.

For more information, visit the website of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) at www.kidsmentalhealth.ca

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Celebrate Children and Youth in Care Day ~ May 14, 2013

There are over 8,000 children and youth living in the care of children’s aid societies across Ontario. In 2011, they were given a voice through the “Our Voice, Our Turn: Youth Leaving Care Hearings.” These hearings shed light on the challenges faced by children and youth living in care and made it clear that more must be done to support these young people.

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