Boys House canoe trip, Kleinburg fundraiser, Millennial breakfast!
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The George

Issue 6 September 29, 2017
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Boys House Canoe Trip
A freshly caught fish fillet is sizzling in a frying pan on an open campfire on the shores of Georgian Bay. Ethan looks at the upcoming meal and smiles as he reflects on how being patient and focused brings success, how he can achieve things if he just gives it a try, and how good it feels to be out in nature.

Ethan lives at The Boys House, one of two residences that are a vital component of GHC's programming for youth with complex, long-standing difficulties. For many years now, the boys have ventured out on canoe trips in Ontario’s wilderness as part of the residential program.
In fact, these boys have participated in all kinds of experiential adventures including multi-day bicycle journeys to Niagara Falls, winter camping in Lake Huron and white water rafting on the Ottawa River. All these trips have two things in common. First, for most of our boys, it is the first time they’ve ever participated in real adventure outside of the city; second, all the trips involve experiences and successes that are genuine and transferable to their daily lives back in the city... continue reading
Community Events
Markland Woods Ladies Golf Fundraiser
On a beautiful day in August, the women of Markland Woods Golf Club hosted their annual fundraiser with GHC selected as the beneficiary. Not only did the ladies raise funds to support our programming but they also packaged together 50 backpacks full of brand new school supplies. The backpacks were given to vulnerable children and families who attend our Highfield Community Enrichment Programs.
The ladies of Markland Woods Golf Club at their annual fundraiser.
An Evening of Fashion, Cocktails and Music
The 2nd annual An Evening of Fashion, Cocktails and Music hosted by Desirée Sardo on September 25th was a smashing success! A gathering of 200 women filled Kleinburg’s Avenue Cibi e Vini restaurant as they enjoyed five star food and drink, browsed vendors’ wares and shopped at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale’s mini pop-up with proceeds benefiting The George Hull Centre. Special thanks to Desirée, Avenue Cibi e Vini, Arti & Mestieri and Holt Renfrew, and to Premier Sponsors Downsview Kitchens and Bomanite, for making this unique evening the talk of the town in support of children’s mental health.
We Are George
3rd Annual
Yoga in the Park
Millennial Resilience Breakfast Seminar
On September 16th, 30 active yogis, young and old, came together to sweat, stretch and breathe in support of children’s mental health. We Are George Young Leadership group worked with incredible Power Yoga Canada Etobicoke Instructor Josie Di Pietro to host a morning yoga class under the sun in Trinity Bellwoods Park. Donated water and healthy treats were offered to yogis once they finished their inspiring class.

The day was a huge success as we not only raised funds for the anxiety programs at GHC, but also awareness for the cause. Stay tuned for more great events coming from the We Are George Leadership Group this fall and in 2018. Namaste.
Why do some people bounce back from adversity while others really struggle to move past it? It’s often to do with their level of resilience: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or setbacks.

With so much evidence showing that resiliency is the “it” skill for Millennials, We Are George is proud to announce the launch of the Millennials Building Resiliency Breakfast Seminar on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. Led by experts at Morneau Shepell, guests will learn about factors that create resilient people and how to implement strategies to thrive under pressure both at work and at home. For more information and to register, please click here.
Giving Back
Family Gift Match Program
Second Harvest
Food Drive
Many families who access the Centre's mental health services have an added obstacle of extreme poverty that impedes their journey to health. Research tells us that socioeconomically disadvantaged children and youth have the highest rates of suicide, ER visits for deliberate self-harm, and acute care mental health service usage.

The holidays present a further challenge. Society’s expectation of abundant food and gifts is not realistic for these families, often leading to increased distress in the children and parents.

To help bring some joy, we have established a Family Gift Match Program, matching vulnerable families with people in the community to provide some of the desperately needed items. To date, we have matched over 100 families! One parent had never before been able to give her daughter a Christmas gift; last year she was able to because of this program.

If you would like to be matched with a family and to spread some joy this holiday season, please contact us at
For over ten years, The George Hull Centre has partnered with Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization. Second Harvest works across the country to capture surplus food before it ends up in landfill. Here at home, they have helped bring food stability to the economically disadvantaged families who attend our Highfield Community Enrichment Program. Many families in the community depend on the weekly delivery from Second Harvest because they don’t always have enough money to fill their personal food needs.

A community with rich diversity, the Highfield families who attend our programming are thankful for the donated items. Last year, Second Harvest delivered 16,780 pounds of food, valued at $41,950 to GHC. That’s the same weight as five adult giraffes!

The Highfield Community Enrichment Program is always in need of food donations. If you would like to support these families, please click here for a list of needed items.

Mental Health Tips
Upcoming Events
Praise vs. Encouragement
As parents, we want our kids to have good self-esteem. Sometimes, however, we overdo it with the praise and are actually counterproductive. Praise:
  • Creates expectations, pressure
  • Is judgmental
  • Is all about how the parent feels
  • Can seem empty and insincere
Instead of praising, parents can enhance self-esteem. Here are some encouragement alternatives to praise:
  • (It is a good job because) you showed initiative, responsibility, kindness…
  • Look at all the colours in that painting – tell me about it
  • You got an “A” – you must have worked really hard!
Encouragement is more respectful and leads your child to come to his own conclusions about his performance.

Excerpted from Rosedale Magazine – August 2017. Read the full article by parenting expert Doone Estey.
Millennial Resilience Breakfast Seminar
Hosted by We Are George
October 4, 2017 at CI Financial Offices
Registration required

Giving Tuesday
Tuesday November 28, 2017

OEYC Fall Programs
View the calendar

Laugh Out Loud 2018
May 9, 2018 at The Carlu
Stay tuned for exciting details!

GHC's Client Artists
Clear Directions Art Show
Client Poetry
On June 6, 2017, The Travelers Conference Room was transformed into a vibrant art gallery filled with creations by the youth in our Clear Directions Program. In their art class taught by Martine Landry they learn techniques of painting as well as how to use art as a form of self expression and therapy. Friends, family and staff had the opportunity to view the art, meet the artists and purchase a piece to take home. Below are photos of their talents from the annual show.
Over the past year, one of the students in our Clear Directions (CD) program started using poetry to express herself as she navigates her way through treatment. By using the written word she has been able to sort through some of her feelings and thoughts, and then share them with others. This student recently won the Janet Arnoldi Literacy Award for her poem "i'm fine". My hope for this student is that one day the 'i' in her writing can become an 'I'. - Martine Landry, CD Teacher
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