A Place to Belong

10 07 2017

The annual report from the Hamilton Community Foundation is always a welcome read, and this year was no exception. Once again, the report’s pages highlight important investments and remarkable impact happening across the Hamilton area. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check it out, find a few moments to read A Place to Belong.

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A Win-Win-Win for Children, Families, Communities

30 09 2013

It’s about helping children after the trauma of abuse. The focus is supporting parents and caregivers. And we all benefit.

That’s the winning combination behind the Community Child Abuse Council’s entry in the AVIVA Community Fund competition this year.  It’s a simple concept that, with your support, could do a great deal of good.

The Community Parent Support Program

  • A series of facilitated group programs to support parents and caregivers whose children have been sexually victmized, or who have problem sexual behaviours (including sibling incest).
  • Developed by an experienced team of professionals and offered by the Community Child Abuse Council over the past several years – with solid results.
  • Parents (including foster parents) and caregivers (including grandparents) learn together and get the support they need to understand what their children are going through. In a safe and supportive environment, they strengthen their knowledge about sexual abuse and its impact on families, and enhance their ability to support their children. And, importantly, their involvement in these groups has been shown to have a positive impact on children’s treatment outcomes.

Now, the Council has an opportunity to share this proven model with others, supporting parents and caregivers in any community (even remote ones and those without specialized treatment options for children). The proposal will see the program published, packaged, and distributed widely, together with the materials and supports needed by facilitators to deliver these groups in any community. These innovative resources will be affordable, adaptable, and ready to implement in any community, anywhere. And, to make this a win-win-win scenario, any revenue from the project will be reinvested into the Council’s child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs. That means more treatment for local kids in need, more prevention work, and more community-focused educational initiatives.

Voting begins today – September 30th – and it’s easy to vote. Just go to the AVIVA Community Fund web site, find the “register” button at the top right of the page (takes 30 seconds, and only required on your first visit), and once you’re registered, select the Community Parent Support Program and vote!

Here’s the link: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf17152#.UkHqha-RE2Y.email

You can also search for the Council’s project on the AVIVA Community Fund web site using (idea) number is ACF17152.

Please tell your friends, use your social media connections, and help generate as much support as possible for this proposal – with your help, and enough votes, it will move on to the next rounds and one step closer to the funding that will make this important project possible.

In the first round, you can vote 15 times (but only once per day for the same project). So, please, use those votes to help put valuable and vital resources in the hands of caring communities where they can do the most good for families who need them.

Thank you so very much.





Music for a great cause

17 09 2013

October marks Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this year local music fans will have an opportunity to help support vital child abuse prevention, education, and treatment programs by coming out for a free evening of music on October 18th hosted by Burlington’s B Town Sound. If you happen to be an acoustic musician or band member, you also have a chance to perform that evening by entering your video and drumming up support on Facebook – the top 5 artists with the most “likes” will take the stage at the event AND receive 2 hours of free recording time with B Town Sound’s Justin Koop.

walk-off-the-earthHugely popular local band Walk Off The Earth (famous for their five-person, one guitar cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” with 50 million views on YouTube in less than a month!) is donating an autographed ukelele for the live auction.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Community Child Abuse Council.

For more details, check out the event poster here Acoustic Night Oct 18th 2013 or go to www.btownsound.ca.

 





A wonderful evening…and a model for community building

19 11 2012

New to the Hamilton community, a businessman decides to join The Hamilton Club and a local service organization as a means to connect with locals and establish himself in civic-minded circles. Then he imports an event – previously organized with great success in Toronto – to bring some of his new connections together in support of local charities. He enlists the help of his new service club, Hamilton Rotary AM, and reaches out to a number of corporate sponsors for help. Add the generous support of The Hamilton Club, as host venue, and the talents

Artist Jeremy Bortz and his Flowers of Hope tiles

of artist Jeremy Bortz and some fine musicians and vocalists, and the event turns into a wonderful mix of socializing and fundraising. All because one man cared enough to bring together the needed ingredients – and best of all, to do so in support of vital community services.
The man behind this inspired effort was Tim Dickins. The event, An Evening with Jeremy Bortz & Friends, was held last week. The Community Child Abuse Council and Good Shepherd were the beneficiaries. Ticket sales, sponsorships, and a live auction generated proceeds split between these two local agencies, with additional funds raised for McMaster Children’s Hospital through the sale of Jeremy Bortz’s beautiful floral art tiles.
This is a wonderful example of how individuals, businesses, and community groups can come together on behalf of good causes and raise funds that make a big difference in the lives of Hamiltonians. Neither of the beneficiary agencies had to devote scarce resources to organizing an event, and guests were treated to something a little different – a welcome change in the busy landscape of fundraising functions. Warmest thanks to all who were involved in making this event possible, including the artists and musicians who provided the fabulous entertainment throughout the evening. Thanks also to MC Sunni Genesco, to The Hamilton Club, to Rotary Club of Hamilton AM, to Rogers Business Solutions and other sponsors, to auction donors, and to all who attended. And a very special thank you to Tim Dickins for bringing it all together and supporting his “new” community – one that  is already better because of him…thank you for being a Hamiltonian with heart.





Ernie’s in the house…and 3 cheers for Bo!

24 07 2012

The buzz on the course at Hamilton Golf & Country Club today included the excitement surrounding the arrival of Open Champion, Ernie Els, who will compete this week in the RBC Canadian Open. But on a quiet corner of the course, early in the day, six generous supporters of the Community Child Abuse Council got a real treat when they joined PGA Tour Pro, Bo Van Pelt, for a private clinic. These donors paid to spend time with Bo, get tips on their short game, and putting advice, all to raise funds for the Council’s child abuse treatment, prevention, and education programs. Bo Van Pelt didn’t disappoint…he spent individual time with each of the six, provided valuable insights and tips, and shared his knowledge of the game openly. After the exclusive clinic, Bo joined the group for lunch in the RBC Clubhouse Suite and talked about all things golf…life on the tour, competing with the world’s best, juggling family life with career duties, and the quirks of tournament play. He’s a personable and generous man, and a bighearted supporter of the charities selected to partner with tournament stops on the PGA Tour. The hat he wears this week during competition will bear the logo of the Community Child Abuse Council, part of his ongoing support of the many causes embraced by professional golf and its sponsors.

This is an incredibly important week for the Council. Amid the helicopters delivering golf’s royalty onto the course and the media scrambling for the action shots, humble volunteers are engaging golf fans and community attendees in work that will prevail long after the tournament ends. Their efforts over the next several days will help to ensure the right help is there at the right time for children who turn to us for hope and healing after the pain and trauma of abuse. Every purple ribbon they sell, every person they speak with, and every moment they spend being ambassadors for this important cause will leave a lasting legacy that far outlasts the buzz on the course.

Thanks Bo, and good luck this week.





Campaign officially launched…and you can help!

9 04 2012

The Community Child Abuse Council’s Heart of the Open campaign kicked off officially today, beginning an unprecedented effort to raise funds in support of child abuse education, prevention, and treatment programs. Details about the campaign – and how you can help – are  posted on the Council’s web site: www.childabusecouncil.on.ca.

 

In partnership with the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, the Council is selling “inside the ropes” experience packages, corporate hospitality packages, and group tickets that get golf fans up close and into the action for the RBC Canadian Open’s return to the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, July 23-29. The Council’s team of volunteers will also be on-site at the tournament selling reuseable water bottles and purple awareness ribbons. Proceeds from all campaign activities will support vital prevention, education and treatment programs for child and youth victims of abuse and trauma.

A sizeable lead-off gift from RBC will enable the Council to enhance its current programs and services, but our community has an opportunity to join with RBC and realize an even greater result by supporting the Council’s campaign. Children as young as 3 years of age are currently waiting several months for trauma treatment, and the education and prevention initiatives so crucial to fighting child abuse are in need of financial investment. Remember, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually victimized before reaching adulthood. Here in the Hamilton area, that translates into a significant

number whose lives are affected – shouldn’t we be able to help each and every one of them?

We may never see another opportunity like this one to respond as a community and invest in the lives of our youngest and most vulnerable members – please check out the many ways you can help to support the campaign, and help the Council in its efforts to create a community free of child abuse

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Leaders for Kids

4 04 2012

I had the pleasure of presiding at the induction of two new Leaders for Kids today at a breakfast event hosted by students at Mohawk College. Leaders for Kids is an initiative of the Community Child Abuse Council, bringing together community leaders from all walks of  life in support of the Council’s vision of a community free of child abuse. These are individuals who step up, speak out, and lend their support to the Council’s work with child and youth victims of sexual abuse and trauma. They go above and beyond, and are recognized as Leaders for Kids in appreciation of their commitment and contributions.

Today’s honourees were Laura Gainey and Vince Isber from RBC, who were both instrumental in the Council’s selection as Local Charity Partner for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open. They join a group of bighearted and generous friends to the Council, all tremendous partners who set an example for community involvement and leadership. Laura Gainey is the first Honourary Leader for Kids ever inducted into this group. In fact, the Council has never before included anyone from outside the Hamilton community. But Laura has embraced our work and supported our efforts in influential ways, and you would be hard-pressed to guess that she wasn’t a Hamiltonian if observing her commitment to local children. Vince Isber is an active and respected community booster, whose involvement with numerous community organizations and projects is admirable. Vince has stepped forward to support the Council in generous ways, and is coordinating the involvement of RBC employees from across this region in the Council’s Heart of the Open fundraising campaign.

These two Leaders for Kids exemplify what it means to get behind a cause and are demonstrating what is possible when leaders offer their talents and ideas to support an important community issue. Laura and Vince visited the Council several months ago, and showed a keen interest in its programs and services provided to abused children and youth. They asked thoughtful questions and followed up by taking action on the things they learned that were needed in order to meet the needs of more youngsters affected by the trauma of abuse. They deserve the honour they received today, and they join an impressive group of like-minded community members who are making a difference each and every day in the fight against child abuse. Congratulations Laura and Vince, and thank you to all our Leaders for Kids.