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Toronto Area Youth Mental Health Programs A Runaway Success Thanks To OTF Grants

CameronHelps  completed a successful year of programming in Toronto area schools and in local communities, thanks to generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). A special event to celebrate the year was held on Sunday June 2 in Port Credit where local MPP Charles Sousa and Monty Fidda, an OTF Grant Review Team member, were on hand to congratulate the charity on the work it has been doing since receiving OTF grants in 2015 and 2016.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation has provided annual funding to more than 50 schools, community, and health centres across Toronto, Halton and Peel, delivering much-needed youth programs that focus on mental health,” says Charles Sousa, MPP for Mississauga South.

In 2016, CameronHelps received a $225,000 grant over two years from OTF to develop a Team Unbreakable mental health wellness run program in Toronto in partnership with area schools. This was followed by a $138,900 grant over a two-year period to develop community programs in Halton and Peel. MPP Sousa personally congratulated one of the charity’s board members, Bob Wordham, on raising more than $100,000 for CameronHelps by running a half-marathon in May for his 80th birthday.

“The support we have received from the OTF has enabled CameronHelps to reach more “at-risk” youth who are suffering from anxiety, depression and mental illness,” said Executive Director Carl Worrell.

The charity is helping them to understand the positive benefits of physical health on mental health through our “Team Unbreakable” run-wellness programs, he said.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca

[ Individuals in photo: (l to r) MPP Charles Sousa, CameronHelps Board Member Bob Wordham, Executive Director Carl Worrell and OTF Team Member Monty Fidda]

OFT Grant for community-based programs in Halton-Peel

Coming on the heels of a successful Father’s Day 5km run in Port Credit recently, CameronHelps announced that thanks to a two-year, $138,900 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, it can now expand Team Unbreakable community programs into Halton and Peel.

“Team Unbreakable is an important initiative that supports many young teens with their physical, emotional and mental health. This tremendous program provided by CameronHelps offers our youth greater opportunities to set themselves on a path to lifelong wellbeing. I am delighted that the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will help expand this community program in the Halton-Peel Region and I thank the organizers for servicing our young people with care”, said The Hon. Charles Sousa, MPP Mississauga South.

Amanda Overhold has joined CameronHelps as the new Team Unbreakable Halton-Peel Community Coordinator and can be contacted at Amanda@cameronhelps.ca

The Team Unbreakable program includes a professional curriculum dealing with mindfulness, motivation, coping strategies, goal setting, stretching, nutrition, biomechanics and more, extending the benefit significantly.

Based on the popular and growing high school initiative run by CameronHelps, Team Unbreakable is directed at community-based organizations such as service clubs, non-profits, church groups and summer camp programs. Funds from the Foundation’s grant will be used to help with staffing and program costs.

“This programming will allow the charity to reach youth in summer when school is out and reach youth that are not in high school, such as those who might be working full-time or who are at university,” said CameronHelps CEO David Harris. “We see a lot of opportunity to partner with other organizations that cater to youth and to further demonstrate that physical health for mental health can make a difference in the lives of our young adults,” added Harris.

One of the leading grantmaking foundations in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca.