CANADA POST

CANADA POST

October 02, 2009 14:00 ET

Another Step for the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health, and One Giant Cheque for the Yorktown Child and Family Centre!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2009) - The Yorktown Child and Family Centre is pleased to announce that it has been chosen from among 200 applicants to receive a grant from the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. The grant will be used to implement a trauma-focused therapy program at the Yorktown Child and Family Centre. The program will be used when assessing traumas such as sexual or physical abuse or witnessing violence, and will be offered to children/youth and their caregivers.

"The Canada Post Foundation's funding will transform the way that Yorktown workers treat children and youth who are experiencing distress or psychological difficulties as a result of a traumatic incident," says Karen Engel, Executive Director, Yorktown Family Services. "By introducing the Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy model, client treatments that routinely require six to eight months of counselling will be completed in twelve weekly sessions."

Yorktown Family Services comprises community-based nonprofit social services agencies dedicated to providing effective, accessible, quality mental health treatment, prevention and out-reach services to children, youth women and families in the former Cities of York and Etobicoke. They are uniquely organized to deliver services through two independent but integrated organizations: Yorktown Child and Family Centre - an accredited children's mental health centre, and Yorktown Shelter for Women - a shelter for women and their children who are fleeing an abusive relationship. In 2004, Yorktown was presented the Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award by the Atkinson Charitable Foundation. The award recognizes and rewards the work of an organization that has significantly improved the lives of vulnerable children in Ontario.

The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health is giving out more than $1 million in grants this year to fund projects of 20 non-profit community-based groups in all regions. The groups received grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 each.

The grants, which come from money raised in 2008 through the collective efforts of Canada Post employees and the public, were allocated by the Foundation to projects that directly benefit people affected by mental illness. Canada Post employees rallied to raise funds for the fledgling Foundation, after it was formed in June 2008, to increase awareness and money for mental health, the company's cause of choice.

"Canada Post is proud to assist in being able to provide this kind of practical, direct support to people who are struggling to cope with mental illness," said Canada Post President and CEO Moya Greene. "We are pleased to see that almost every dollar donated is going right to the front line where it can do the most good. The need is great, but these grants deliver hope and when only a small share of healthcare spending is devoted to mental illness, these funds are very important."

Valerie Pringle, Trustee on the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health added, "The Trustees were deeply impressed with the quality and worthiness of applications received as well as the urgent need. With only $1 million available for disbursement, the Grants Advisory Committee did an excellent job assessing the applications received to ensure the Foundation's money will have the greatest positive impact possible on patients and their families. Yorktown Family Services is an outstanding institution in this city and we know that they will use this money to improve the lives of women and young people suffering with mental health issues."

This October, to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week, employees at post offices will again ask customers to donate to the Foundation. On September 14, Canada Post issued its second fundraising domestic-rate Mental Health stamp following on the highly successful Mental Health stamp it issued last October. One dollar from the sale of each booklet of 10 stamps goes to the Foundation.

To learn more about the Yorktown Child and Family Centre, visit www.yorktownfamilyservices.com

To learn more about the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health, visit
www.canadapost.ca/takingsteps

Media requiring further information, or images from the cheque presentation event or of the new Mental Health stamp, should contact:



Karen Engel, Executive Director
Yorktown Child and Family Centre
Ph: 416-394-2424 Ext 231

Albert Lee, Communications Manager
Canada Post
Ph: 905-214-9299
Cell: 647-637-7857

Contact Information

  • Yorktown Child and Family Centre
    Karen Engel, Executive Director
    416-394-2424 Ext 231
    or
    Canada Post
    Albert Lee, Communications Manager
    905-214-9299
    Cell: 647-637-7857