The George
Helping kids. Strengthening families. Changing lives.
Issue # 10: February 8, 2019
I am really pleased to be able to report that our waitlist for outpatient mental health services is at an all-time low – hovering around two months. What a great way to start 2019! To put this in context, the waitlist has often been at one year or longer since at least 2001.
The Community Clinic leadership team and clinical staff have focused on addressing this longstanding problem for the past two years, working hard to increase direct hours, expand the clinical group programs to meet the needs of those requesting help, and tighten up administrative processes. Capitalize For Kids, a community of financial professionals supporting children’s mental health, provided a big helping hand by partnering with the Centre and The Boston Consulting Group to analyze the factors contributing to the waitlist and strategize on ways to address them. And the generous donations of our supporters, including a wonderful gift from Frances and Tim Price, enabled us to hire additional clinical staff. Not only does the Centre provide effective, clinically sound and innovative programming, we can now say that we are able to respond to children and families in a timely way.

The George Hull Centre is very grateful to Kevin Doyle who funded the purchase of 24 laptop computers from reBOOT Canada – one for each youth in our secondary school day treatment program. Many of these students have no access to a computer outside of school and this donation will both support their academic progress and further their development as healthy and productive members of our community.

Thank you to all of our donors who give so generously to The George Hull Centre. Your support helps children and youth experience the mental wellness they deserve.
Susan Chamberlain, MSW, RSW
Executive Director
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Family Group Conferencing Toronto
The Family Group Conferencing Program enables at-risk children, youth and families to address safety concerns in a meaningful, empowering and culturally sensitive way. Offered to families with child welfare involvement, or who are seeking services at a children’s mental health agency, FGC Toronto offers an alternative dispute resolution approach to problem-solving.
Why is this so important? Because a plan is much more likely to work if the family has the opportunity to come up with it themselves! Read More
Laughter Goes A Long Way
Laugh Out Loud (LOL) The George Hull Centre’s annual comedy fundraiser for children and families struggling with mental health issues, is returning May 8th 2019 to The Carlu in downtown Toronto.
Please join us for a stellar evening of comedy and entertainment with our Headliner Gavin Crawford, Opening Comedian Nour Hadidi and Hosts Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath, along with a special musical performance by the multiple award-winner, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. It promises to be a memorable night for a great cause.

Big Laughs, Bigger Goals
Help us raise critical funds for children’s mental health and bring the laughter back into the lives of children and families living across the GTA. All proceeds go to programs and treatment services for children and families.
We are fortunate to have so many generous supporters! Frances and Tim Price are changing lives with their incredible $500,000 pledge to support a new clinician at the Centre, allowing us to help more children and to see them sooner.
In addition to the laptop computer donation from reBOOT Canada, Kevin Doyle and his wife Michelle Koerner made a $25,000 contribution to the Centre which was then matched by the Koerner Foundation. Thanks to PurEnergy Studios for hosting a Sound Healing Meditation workshop and raising $500 in support of the Centre. And a huge shout out to everyone who donated to our Holiday Appeal which was a great success raising $45,557 for the Centre. We are so grateful for all the support. These funds will go far in changing children’s lives.
Libby Ridgely was the Centre’s passionate Clinical Director and later Executive Director for over two decades. During that time, meeting the needs of marginalized families was at the core of her work, recognizing Etobicoke’s very diverse population.
Diversity is one of the four priorities in our 2017-2020 Strategic Plan as we continue to better serve and respond to the needs of our community. It seemed perfect then to honour Libby’s years of work with The Libby Ridgely Diversity and Mental Health Fund to ensure marginalized families have access to the Centre’s mental health services. In collaboration with other community organizations we will identify and implement solutions to overcome potential barriers. Thanks to the generosity of Libby’s many friends, family and colleagues, including her own children who kicked off the campaign with a $25,000 pledge, and an incredible $50,000 gift from Margaret McCain, we are well over half way to our $250,000 goal. If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this important fund, please contact Seana Massey, Director of Development.
A conversation with Alice Olsen M.S.W., R.S.W., Manager Community Clinic
Alice Olsen has been a clinician at The George Hull Centre since 2016 but she has worked in the field of children’s mental health for most of her career. She specializes in childhood trauma with a particular focus on sexual abuse, and children and adolescents who sexually harm.

How did you get in to the field of children’s mental health?
It all started because I was a good swimmer! As a young woman I was hired as a life guard at a children’s mental health centre and it was during this time that I discovered my enjoyment and connection working with kids who were struggling. Helping people is what I really like to do and working with children and youth is so hopeful.

I began my career in children’s mental health as a Child and Youth Worker and then continued on to pursue my Masters of Social Work at The University of Toronto. Read More
Through clinical excellence and a continuum of mental health services, our mission is to reduce suffering, provide hope and enhance the quality of life of infants, children, youth and families.