*|MC:SUBJECT|*

The George 
Helping kids. Strengthening families. Changing lives.
Issue #12: October 2, 2019
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
October means that we are in the final eight months of our 3-year strategic plan and I am pleased to report that we have already accomplished much of what we set out to do. In 2017, we identified four priorities that would help us grow and thrive as a centre of clinical excellence and bring us closer to achieving our vision of mental wellness from infancy to adulthood. Continue
Susan Chamberlain, MSW, RSW
Executive Director
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Teen Talk
Our aim is to deliver programs that are clinically effective, evidenced based and meet the needs of the children and families we serve. We pay close attention to the kinds of problems that children and youth are experiencing when they come to the Centre and adjust our clinical programming to meet their needs.
For example, suicide rates among youth are rising and the visits to emergency departments have nearly doubled in the last 10 years for urgent mental health concerns related to self-harm and suicidal ideation. Indeed, 10% of the youth who present for service at the Community Clinic struggle with suicidal ideation and self-harm. In response, since 2017, we have worked to train a number of our clinicians to deliver Teen Talk, an evidence-informed therapy group for adolescents aged 15-17 who are overwhelmed by their difficult emotions and who struggle with symptoms such as these. Continue
CHARITY INTELLIGENCE RATING
George Hull Centre is an A+ Charity!
Charity Intelligence Canada continues to rate the George Hull Centre as one of the top 100 charities in Canada and recently gave us an overall four star rating and a score of A+ for reporting of the work we do and the results we achieve. We are very proud of this recognition of the Centre’s excellence. Give with confidence knowing your gift makes a difference!
COMMUNITY SUPPORT
We greatly appreciate the support of these special donors who believe in us and have helped us change the lives of children suffering from mental illness. Thank you!

Friend of the Centre:  A heartfelt thank you to a loyal foundation for their renewed annual gift of $50,000 in support of the Centre’s group programs. Group treatment programs form an essential part of our mental health services offering opportunities for peer modeling, social interaction and normalization of behavior, while reducing social isolation and stigma.

The Harold E. Ballard Foundation:  The continued support of The Ballard Foundation to our I Love This Place Capital Campaign has helped us move in to Phase 3 of the Centre’s expansion at 81 The East Mall.  The enlarged space enables us to better serve the vulnerable children and families in our community. This brings their total gifts to GHC to an outstanding $150,000.
Arthur Gallant: Arthur is a very special past client of the George Hull Centre and a recognized mental health advocate. In memory of his mother, he has donated $5,000 to the Centre to set up the Marilyn Gallant Fund enabling GHC clients to go to a Blue Jays game starting in Spring 2020. Go Arthur!
Intact Better Communities Foundation:  A $5,000 gift from the Foundation will go towards our Teen Talk program and the great work we do with teens and families having difficulties with emotional regulation. Thank you to Cade Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. for nominating us for this grant from Intact Foundation.
Abbey's Goal: Abbey Tran was an incredible child who died in 2018 at the age of nine due to a rare and aggressive auto-immune disease.  Her family started a charity, Abbey’s Goal, with a simple mission – to spread love.  Their first initiative was to raise enough money to donate a total of 50 sets of 10 books to places where children read, learn and grow.  The books are tied to Abbey’s story and passions, from hockey and inclusion to humour and loss.  The George Hull Centre was delighted to benefit from Abbey’s legacy with the gift of two sets of 10 books.
Kilimanjaro Climb: Thank you so much to high school students Matthew Urbanky, Ethan Urbanky and Aaron Ratnavel for deciding to make a fundraising challenge out of their climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro and raising $6,500 for the George Hull Centre. Just like mental health, by taking one step at a time, they reached their goal and summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Anonymous gift: We were very excited to receive a $10,000 donation online from an anonymous bighearted supporter! This gift will go towards our greatest need to help reduce the waitlist.

EP Canada: We were delighted to receive a $3,000 donation from EP Canada’s Community Giving Fund to continue the important work we do with children and families impacted by mental illness.
FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH GEORGE
We'd like to give a big THANK YOU to the We Are George Young Leaders Group for hosting another successful event, Flashback Friday with George. It was an evening filled with throwback hits by the Diamond Dogs, delicious food, amazing raffle prizes and lots of fun and dancing had by all. We'd like to thank the three Gold Sponsors, Blakes, McCarthy Tetrault and CentreCorp for their generous support and all the other sponsors who helped make it such a wonderful event and for helping to raise critical funds for the Centre and children's mental health. Way to go We Are George!
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.