The George

Issue 8: June 7, 2018
A Message from the Executive Director
Children’s mental health is one of the most critical concerns we face as a society today. At The George Hull Centre, we see over 7,000 children each year - children whose lives are impacted by mental health issues, many in very complex ways. We work hard to provide the support children need in order to find fulfillment and happiness in their lives.
But the wait list for children's mental health treatment is long. The need for service is increasingly on the rise and symptoms worsen as children wait for help. Yet year after year, the gap between the resources required to meet the needs of our children and the resources available to help them, has widened. Continue reading
PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Developmental Pediatrician
A Head Start for Bobby
Bobby was almost three when he came with his mom to The George Hull Preschool Speech and Language program. Bobby had not really started talking yet, wasn’t interested in playing with other children and didn’t seem to enjoy playing with adults very much either.
He preferred to play on his own with his trucks and cars. The Speech-Language Pathologist who assessed Bobby was concerned about his limited speech and communication skills. Continue reading
Laugh Out Loud 2018
Image courtesy of Kevin Pollock
A little laughter goes a long way! On May 9th, GHC had a record-breaking night raising $240,000 net for children’s mental health! A sold out crowd at The Carlu enjoyed hilarious comedy along with Oliver & Bonacini catering, a silent auction and live band. Guests doubled over thanks to Steve Patterson, Elvira Kurt, Colin Mochrie, Darryl Hinds, and philanthro-tainer, Layne The Auctionista. The evening was capped off by Canadian music legend Jim Cuddy and a moving speech by past client Miriam Price.

We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Orlando Corporation and Gold Sponsors CIBC and RBC Capital Markets, as well as our guests and caring community who helped raise funds to reduce wait times and ensure children’s immediate needs are addressed while providing much needed hope and support. See all the fun here.
We Are George
On March 24th, We Are George hosted the 4th Annual George’s Country Fair at Adelaide Hall. With generous support from sponsors and guests, over 200 of Toronto’s young professionals raised $34,000 – a record breaking amount – for the Centre’s Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Program. Read more
Community Events
Meet You at the Fair!
On February 24, 2018 The George Hull EarlyON Child and Family Centre staff participated in the Government and Community Services Fair at Cloverdale Mall. Organized by Etobicoke Centre MPP Yvan Baker, the fair helps families learn about and connect with a broad range of community service providers all in one place.
Our team made an entertaining day of it with fun activities including homemade playdough, a photo booth, and of course, lots of information about the great programs and services we have for children, youth and families at GHC.
Game on!
Thanks to We Are George member Cameron Chamberlain and his work colleague Rachel Vanvliet at Fidelity Investments, The Boys House has two new Air Hockey Tables! Rachel won them in a work event and wanted to donate them to a charity for kids and Cameron knew just the place. Thank you Rachel and Cam!
Thanks TD GenNexters!
The young professionals at TD's 19 Etobicoke branches like to network with heart! By donating a portion of the ticket proceeds to their quarterly GenNext networking event, these TD employees raised $1,000 for GHC!
Impressed by the work GHC does to support children and youth, they presented the Centre with an additional $4,000 donation. We are so pleased that children's mental health is front and centre in the minds of our future leaders and decision makers!
Test Drive a Car for GHC!

A big thank you to Amanda and Lella at Momming Inc. together with Roy Foss Woodbridge for hosting Drive for a Cause in support of GHC. For every person who did a test drive on June 2nd, Roy Foss donated $25 to the Centre! 80 people kindly came out for the event, raising a total of $2,000 for children's mental health!
Mental Health Tips
Go Screen-Free This Summer!
Summer is upon us, and that means much more free time for kids and parents alike. Unfortunately, more unstructured time can quickly lead to more “I’m bored” and “I have nothing to do.” Despite a wealth of summer activities throughout
the GTA, kids and teenagers alike are more likely than ever to rely on screens as a means of entertainment. Research tells us that this is not a good thing. To help avoid a summer of “Get off your device NOW!!”, check out our Ten Tips for a Screen-Free Summer blog post.
Upcoming Events
Annual General Meeting
Monday June 25, 2018
4:00pm to 5:30pm
81 The East Mall, 3rd Floor

EarlyOn Summer Programs
Check out the calendar for some summer fun!
Through clinical excellence and a continuum of mental health services, our mission is to reduce suffering, provide hope and enhance the quality of life infants, children, youth and families.
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