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The George 
Helping kids. Strengthening families. Changing lives.
Issue #11: June 19, 2019
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Our mission statement begins with the words – through clinical excellence.  These three words guide us in all our endeavours.  We truly believe that the children and families we serve deserve the best mental health treatment possible.  And that can only be achieved through a real pursuit of clinical excellence. 
At The George Hull Centre, we place an emphasis on knowledge, clinical effectiveness and a healthy work environment.  We believe that providing training in the most current and innovative treatment modalities gives our staff the tools they need to provide the most clinically effective treatment possible.  In so doing, we create the conditions for a motivated, skilled and experienced staff team.   The positive impact on our clients is measurable and significant.  We truly help children and families heal.
Susan Chamberlain, MSW, RSW
Executive Director
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: The Day Treatment Program

 

Finding Success

 

Written by: Meg Doherty
Manager, Day Treatment Programs

As the school year winds down, I find myself reflecting on the past 10 months and my thoughts are dominated by the many outstanding moments of success that I have had the joy of witnessing this year. The George Hull Centre’s Day Treatment Program hosts a maximum of 32 students ranging from Grades 6 through 12 who present with a broad range of complex social, emotional, academic and behavioural needs. Our classes are staffed by a team of teachers and Child and Youth Workers and our broader team also includes clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and guidance counsellors. Despite the wide range of students in our school population, we have managed to create an atmosphere that allows students to arrive at school and drop their emotional armour. They trust the staff and feel safe to be themselves, and within this environment, they flourish. Continued.
LAUGH OUT LOUD 2019
What a night! Our 12th annual Laugh Out Loud on May 8th at The Carlu was a hugely successful event raising $225,000 net in support of children’s mental health and The George Hull Centre.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Pollock
A sold-out crowd enjoyed an evening of fun and laughter with a star-studded lineup of comedic talent including Hosts Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath, Headliner Gavin Crawford, Opening Comedian Nour Hadidi, along with a special musical performance by singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk. The bidding was fast and furious with the philanthro-tainer, Layne The Auctionista and a moving speech by past client Giorgia Campanella-Ivey together with her mother Joanna Ivey, helped us all to better understand what children’s mental illness looks like and its impact on kids and families.

A round of thunderous applause to all our sponsors, with a special shout-out to our Centre Stage Sponsor CIBC, and Spotlight Sponsor Tangerine Bank, as well as to our guests and the caring community who helped us raise funds to expand our Day Treatment School Program for Grades 6-8. With your generosity, you are bringing laughter back into the lives of children and families struggling with mental health issues.
 
Together we are standing up for children’s mental health!
See all the fun here.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT

GHC is Climbing to Great Heights!

This summer, GHC Board member Darie Urbanky's family, along with their friends, are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in support of GHC! When the two families decided to do this challenging 8-day trek, their boys, Matthew (16) and Ethan (14) Urbanky, and Aaron Ratnavel (14) announced that they would like to use it as an opportunity to support a cause that was important to them, and they selected GHC! Their goal is to raise $15,000 for the Centre, and they have set up an online fundraising page on Canada Helps to do that.  
If you would like to support Matthew, Aaron and Ethan as they climb for children's mental health, please click here or you can follow their journey on Instagram @OneStepKilimanjaro.  All donations go directly to GHC and you will receive a tax receipt for the full amount ($20+).  Good luck boys!  We look forward to hearing all about it on your return.
INNOVATION INITIATIVES GRANT

GHC is Successful Recipient of Innovation Initiatives Grant 2019-20

Since 2017, The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has been providing Innovation Initiative grants to explore and test ideas that improve service delivery and practices for children and youth with mental health issues. We are thrilled to announce that The George Hull Centre is one of 7 successful recipients of a 2019-20 Innovation Initiatives grant.
We have been selected to lead and test a pilot prevention and early intervention program that helps build emotional resilience in classrooms. We are proud to be leading this initiative in partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Learn more.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, June 25th from 4:00 - 5:30pm
81 The East Mall, 3rd Floor

Special Guest Speaker, Jeremy Dias, Co-Founder, The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity

Everyone is welcome! RSVP at reachus@georgehullcentre.on.ca

 
Flashback Friday with George
Looking for a blast from the past?  On September 27th at Longboat Hall in Toronto, The George Hull Centre’s Young Leaders Group, We Are George, is proud to host Flashback Friday with George, their 5th annual FUNdraiser in support of children's mental health! Turn back the clock and party like it's 1999 with a live band, dancing, show-stopping appetizers, games and tons of awesome raffle prizes. All proceeds raised support GHC. Stay tuned for ticket details on our website and Facebook page!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Just in time for camp! When you order clothing and personal item labels from Mabel's Labels, 20% of the total purchase will go to GHC. A fun and easy way to support children’s mental health!
 
Donate to GHC today!
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.