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Carizon offers Summer Group for Students Transitioning to New Schools

Carizon offers Summer Group for Students Transitioning to New Schools

Changing schools can be a stressful and anxiety provoking experience for some students. The Leader in Me is a unique group that helps students to prepare for transitioning into a new school environment. Through fun, cooperative, indoor/ outdoor games and confidence building activities, students will develop leadership skills, improve their self esteem,and gain communication skills in order to build new relationships. Students will also learn effective strategies to decrease stress and to help them cope through new situations.

For Students Going into Grade 7 – August 8 – 12, 1 – 4 p.m.

For Students Going into Grade 9 – August 15 – 19, 1-4 p.m.

Only 4 Days Left in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge;  Help Us Win $10,000

Only 4 Days Left in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge; Help Us Win $10,000

Children and youth who are coming from refugee camps have experienced and overcome numerous challenges. Many have come from war torn countries and have spent years separated from their families. Yet, these young people are resilient. They express their happiness, remain hopeful and dream of the same things that other children and youth in our community aspire to achieve. They want a safe and warm home, they want food on the table and they want to be part of a community.

During the month of June, every $1 you donate to us through www.canadahelps.org  qualifies us to win $10,000! These funds would provide our refugee children and youth with an art therapy program. This program would help to reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety, provide a medium to express their stories and deal with trauma, and allow for connections to develop to create a sense of belonging.

The more you give, the more chances for us to win! Please support our Challenge this June and help these children along their healing journey.

Salute to Carizon Seniors!

Salute to Carizon Seniors!

On Thursday, June 9th, two of our senior volunteers, Helen Wikki and Elaine McNeil, were honoured at the Salute to Seniors event at Kitchener City Hall. In addition, we were pleased to see a former long-time volunteer, Marnie Wharnsby recognized at this event. Kitchener Mayor Dave Jaworsky presented them with certificates.

Helen Wikki has been volunteering with Busy Babies since 2006 helping out our child minding staff with the preschool children. She is the first one at Knox every week. Her energy and compassion is inspirational! Three Carizon staff were present to honour Helen’s dedication to our program: Judy Hurst, CAPC/CPNP Coordinator, Linnea Walter, facilitator, Michelle Hirtle, Childcare Supervisor.

Elaine McNeil has been volunteering as a tutor in the Pathways to Education Program at Carizon for the past 3 ½ years. The students with whom she works, have come to love her patience and understanding as she helps them to gain confidence in their academics and their English skills. Corrie-Ann Snow was also present to honour her commitment to the Pathways program.

Marnie Wharnsby has been a long-time Carizon volunteer, playing a key role in many past fundraising events for over 12 years, and is a friend of both Helen and Elaine. Elaine, Helen and Marnie are pictured here.

Volunteer Gives Back to Carizon in More Ways Than One!

Volunteer Gives Back to Carizon in More Ways Than One!

Breanna Sweers has been a volunteer at Carizon in our Growing Healthy Two-gether Program over the past couple years. GHT is a community services program dedicated to helping pregnant women have healthy babies. They provide nutritional information, support from health care professionals and community connections. Breanna was a volunteer in the Cambridge program at Langs (1 of 4 locations where Carizon delivers this program).

Breanna also works at The Keg. She discovered that working evenings allowed her day-time hours where she could dedicate some time and make a difference in her community. “My biggest motivation for volunteering was my belief in the cause. Being a child of a young and single mother, I see the power in reaching out to the women in our community to strengthen and support them, promoting healthy development of children.”

The Keg also values volunteerism and community involvement. Across the company they look for “Keggers” that give back to their communities. The Keg selects 4 Chairman Award winners who demonstrate this quality and then The Keg donates to their charity of choice. While Breanna was not one of the four, she did win an Honourable Mention, chose Carizon as her charity of choice and The Keg has donated $1000 towards our GHT program.

“We have chosen to use the funds to print copies of our recently updated cookbook “Cooking Healthy Two-gether” for our prenatal participants,” says Program Coordinator Judy Hurst. “This way our participants have copies of the snacks we serve at our program and it also encourages them to eat healthily during their pregnancy and beyond.”

Carizon congratulates Breanna on her Honourable Mention and thanks her for both volunteering and choosing Carizon as her charity of choice!

Upcoming Events

FASD Summer Camp

FASD Summer Camp

For children, ages 8-12, living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to experience indoor and outdoor play, creativity, and skill development.

Summer 2016 Counselling Groups

Summer 2016 Counselling Groups

For Information or Registration
Please Call: (519) 743-6333

Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop

Trauma Informed Parenting Workshop

Educational Workshop at Front Door for parents/caregivers of children and youth who have experienced and been impacted by trauma.