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Join Us at Cambridge Centre Mall this Saturday

Join Us at Cambridge Centre Mall this Saturday

Carizon Family and Community Services will be at Cambridge Centre Mall this Saturday, April 30th from 9:30 am – 6 pm. We will be one of 12 local agencies that will be sharing information at a Children’s Mental Health Services Expo. This kicks off Children’s Mental Health week, which is being celebrated May 1 – 7th. At the conclusion of the week, the Expo will be in Waterloo at Conestoga Mall on Saturday, May 7th from 9:30 am – 6 pm.

The theme of the week, “aha! Wellness Works” – is about awareness, help and access to children and youth mental health services. At the mall you will learn about:

  • being well
  • local community services
  • how to get help
  • how to help friends
  • new supportive apps for you smart phone.

In addition, local 570 News Reporter, Martin Bauman, will be there on his bike trainer, as he prepares to cycle across Canada this summer in supportive of mental health.

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY!

Manulife Boston Marathon Runners Support Pathways!

Manulife Boston Marathon Runners Support Pathways!

Over the past three years, Manulife has been supporting Pathways to Education Canada. Pathways operates 17 locations nationally, including our Kitchener site at Carizon, supporting more than 5,000 students and 4,000 alumni.

Manulife employees have raised more than $300,000 to date in support of Pathways programs nationally.To further their support, 34 Manulife runners from across Canada are participating in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18th. 8 of those runners are from Waterloo Region, including Matt Andrews. These runners are required to raise a minimum of $1700 each to support Pathways, but collectively across Canada have raised about $100,000 this year! Matt alone has raised more than $13,000 for Pathways! Matt was featured on the Local Heroes segment of the 6 pm evening news on CTV, along with our Director of Pathways, Amy Tupling. A shout out to Matt and our local Manulife Boston Marathon runners! Thank you for your dedication and support!!!

Carizon Celebrates Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Week, Including Bharat Patel

Carizon Celebrates Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Week, Including Bharat Patel

Carizon is celebrating our volunteers this week who have contributed over 16,000 hours each year to Carizon clients, programs and services. One such volunteer is Bharat Patel.

Bharat has been volunteering in our Pathways Kitchener program since September 2014. A software engineer by profession, Bharat volunteers multiple nights each week as a volunteer tutor. “I have a pretty good life overall,” says Bharat, “but I felt that something was missing. I figured I’d volunteer to try to fill that void. I always had a passion for learning, and I was always good in academics. So I said to myself, ‘Why not tutoring?’ and tutoring with Pathways has been everything I expected, and so much more!”

Pathways to Education helps youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition to post-secondary education or training. Pathways addresses systemic barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based program proven to lower dropout rates. Its success is built on the dedication of its volunteer tutors and mentors.

“Bharat has a strong desire to see Pathways students succeed at school and in life and he goes out of his way to ensure that students and other volunteers are comfortable in the tutoring environment,” says Carizon Volunteer Coordinator Dale Gellatly. “He is often the first one to arrive and stays with staff until the last student goes home.”

Bharat recognizes the rewards that come with volunteering. “If you take anything from my tutor experience, know that tutoring is truly life-changing,” says Bharat. “You’ll learn so much more about yourself than you “teach” the students. Most importantly, you’ll see first-hand what difference you can make by helping others.”

Children's Mental Health Week - Visit Us at the Mall

Children's Mental Health Week - Visit Us at the Mall

Children's Mental Health Week header

To celebrate children’s mental health week (May 1-7), Carizon is joining with other other mental health providers, the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board to let families know about mental health services in our community. We are hosting two mall displays that bookend children’s mental health week.

  • Saturday, April 30th, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Cambridge Centre Mall, 355 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge
  • Saturday, May 7th, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Conestoga Mall, 550 King St N, Waterloo

The theme is “AHA! Wellness Works,” promoting Awareness, Help and Access.#ahaww

At the mall, people can learn about being well, services in our community, how to get help, how to help others and apps for mental health for young people. They will also have the opportunity to meet local 570News reporter Martin Bauman, who is cycling across Canada this summer to support mental health!

Upcoming Events

aha! Wellness Works Mall Expo

aha! Wellness Works Mall Expo

Visit us at Cambridge Centre Mall on April 30th and Conestoga Mall on May 7th as we celebrate Children’s Mental Health week!

Spring 2016 Counselling Groups

Spring 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.