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Mountainview Natural Playground & Healing Garden, opens at Pathstone

This afternoon, over 150 members of the Niagara community gathered at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre and cut the entrance ribbon to the new Mountainview Natural Playground & Healing Garden.

This is the first Natural Playground & Healing Garden, built at a children’s mental health facility in Canada.

Calling it a brain sanctuary, Pathstone CEO Shaun Baylis spoke about the sensory experience the outdoor space will provide for Pathstone’s clients. “Kids will rediscover the harmony found in being part of nature and will experience natural mindfulness that comes from digging into the earth, touching water and smelling trees and flowers.

The idea for the space came about after seeing repeated research validating the health benefits that come with spending time in a natural setting, especially among children with mental health issues, which is the core of Pathstone’s services.  “This type of reconnecting play will increase energy, improve focus and boost serotonin and endorphin levels of our kids says Baylis.”

While the space will be used to improve the mental wellness of our clients from active therapy outside to being able to play before or after therapy, we are proud to have partnered with the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to create monthly outdoor education sessions, to teach children more about our natural world.”
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

About Pathstone Mental Health
Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

Media Contact – Questions / Interviews;
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations -Pathstone Foundation
289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

Photo credit to Bill Augerman Photography

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KO for Kids raises $107,585 for Kids in Niagara

(Niagara Falls, ON) May 9th – Today, members of the KO for KIDS committee, are pleased to announce a grand total of $107,585 raised in support of Children’s Mental Health and Childhood Cancer.

On Friday, April 12th, amateur boxers from across the Niagara Region joined forces at the the 3rd annual KO for Kids event at the Scotiabank Convention Center (SCCN). ALL Proceeds from are being directed to Pathstone Mental Health and Box Run Charitable Foundation, both of which support children and families across Niagara.

This year, we were sold out a month before event night. Our team of boxers truly brought their “A-game” and heart to the table through their training and fundraising efforts. Many dove into a strict training regime, dropping pounds and inches and improving their overall athleticism.

With this week being Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we found it fitting to announce this total as well as stress the need for immediate mental health support in Niagara. We know that when a family is struggling with a cancer diagnosis, their mental health and wellness also become a major factor in their journey.
Kim Rossi, KO for KIDS Co-Founder & Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, KO for Kids 2019 featured 21 boxing matches, ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions. Competitors met weekly to train in groups and one-on-one with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.

This was the first true sell-out year. We added as many tables that the space could allow in order to ensure we didn’t have any disappointed fans. The team at Scotiabank Convention Centre have been hosting this event each year and have committed to KO for KIDS 2020, a date will be announced in the coming months.

“We couldn’t be more excited to support such a great event for these amazing charities,” said Noel Buckley, President of SCCN. “We take no short cuts in how we prep and execute events and as a result, we were thrilled to provide a 5 star experience to those in attendance.”

For more information about KO for KIDS and the causes it supports visit:

Announcement of KO for KIDS 2020 coming soon!

About KO for Kids

KO for Kids is an annual boxing charitable event that takes place “in the round” at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada in support of Pathstone Mental Health, Ronald McDonald House and Stem Cell Research.

Sanctioned by Boxing Ontario, KO for Kids features a stacked card of amateur boxing matches, ranging in various weight classes, skill levels and divisions. Competitors participate in a rigorous training schedule with Former Olympian and Professional Boxers Mike Strange and Billy Irwin in preparation for their fights.

About Pathstone Mental Health

Pathstone Mental Health is a community-based organization whose mission it is to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of children and their families as the only accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara. Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About BoxRun Charitable Foundation

On May 8th, 2014, BoxRun started fundraising activities. Our founder, 3-time Olympian and Commonwealth Champion boxer Mike Strange ran a marathon a day for 94 days from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to his hometown of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Since then, BoxRun has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research and family support services.

BoxRun Charitable Foundation is a 100% volunteer charity focused on raising funds through athletic activity events. We place donations made by you directly with Childhood Cancer researchers and Childhood Cancer family support services.

Media Contact:

Chris Dabrowski
High Impact PR
Phone: (289) 241-4164 e. chris@highimpactpr.ca

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Kim Rossi
Pathstone Foundation – Director of Philanthropy & PR
289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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Niagara College Many Hands Project raises more than $40,000 for Pathstone Mental Health

Funds raised will support play therapy for children who have experienced trauma

(Above Photo: Students and emcees (from left)  Olivia Johnson and Holly Calvert,  coordinator of NC’s Event Management program Christine Blaine, and director of philanthropy at Pathstone Mental Health Kim Rossi.)

Students and faculty from Niagara College’s Event Management program celebrated the successful completion of their 2019 Many Hands Project with a donation for mental health services in Niagara.

As a result of this year’s Many Hands Project, $40,800 was donated to Pathstone Mental Health – a community-based organization that provides innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara diagnosed with mental health issues. The funds were announced at a Many Hands Project reveal ceremony held at Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines on April 15. The donation included $35,858 raised by NC student fundraisers and $5,000 from Canadian Tire Bank, a sponsor and long-time supporter of NC’s Many Hands Project.

“Mental health services are integral to the Niagara community and we are proud to support Pathstone through this year’s Many Hands Project,” said Damian Goulbourne, associate dean of NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport. “The Many Hands Project gives our Event Management students the opportunity to make significant contributions to the community while applying their skills and knowledge to the real-world event industry. I applaud what our students were able to achieve through their efforts and creativity in hosting a series of unique and engaging events.”

Kim Rossi, director of philanthropy and public relations at Pathstone Foundation, noted that the funds will be used to support play therapy – a type of psychotherapy which involves using toys as words and play as the primary mode of communication. Used with children who have experienced trauma, play therapy allows children to express their inner worlds and work through problems, in the presence of a caring adult who has been trained to understand metaphors, play patterns, and how to interact with the child in a way that creates safety and change.

“We are so grateful for the gift the NC students have given us this year. Non-profit organizations need events like those organized through the Many Hands Project to be able to hit their fundraising goals,” said Rossi. “We thought the events the students organized were really well put together from start to finish. We were impressed by the way the NC events team supported one another, paid extra attention to guests as they arrived and provided a five-star experience to attendees.”

Through their involvement in the Many Hands Project, students not only had the opportunity to contribute to the community but gained valuable real-world experience in their chosen industry. They raised funds and awareness for Pathstone by organizing and hosting a series of events including a Designer Handbag Bingo (March 29), Rise and Shine Yoga (March 24), Turntable Trivia (March 29) and Taps Apps and Laughs comedy show (April 4). With no budget, students built all aspects of their campaign, from venue selection, sponsorship and fundraising, to social media, marketing and execution.

Student Olivia Johnson noted that she values the extensive training she is gaining in the program. “It allows you the opportunity to have hands-on learning throughout the entire year as we plan and execute each of the events for the Many Hands Project,” she said. “You are given real-world experience throughout the process of planning the event.”

“The opportunity to apply what we are learning in the classrooms directly to the fundraising events through the Many Hands Project is very unique,” said student Leah Letford, who was honoured with a Student Leadership Award from  Festivals and Event Ontario earlier this year.

Each year, the College’s Many Hands Project supports a different Niagara-based non-profit organization with fundraising, marketing and increasing public awareness. NC has been committed to the Many Hands Project since its launch in 1998, and has made a lasting impact on the Niagara region over the past two decades,  thanks to the creative efforts of students and faculty, and community support for local non-profits. Visit niagaracollege.ca/manyhands.

Sponsors of the 2019 Many Hands Project include Canadian Tire Bank, The Tribune, The Standard, Niagara Falls Review, YourTV Niagara, Sullivan Mahoney LLP Lawyers, and Boston Pizza.

 

Event Management is a one-year graduate certificate program at Niagara College that prepares graduates for a career in a fast-paced and multi-faceted industry. Students develop skills in planning and logistics, public relations, marketing and sponsorship strategies, and volunteer and risk management in a highly experiential learning environment. 

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit niagaracollege.ca.

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Pathstone and Brock working to provide improved understanding of childhood mental health issues

A new partnership between two Niagara organizations will mean a direct connection between the people conducting leading-edge research on child mental health and the caregivers who work with families dealing with related issues.

Pathstone Mental Health and Brock University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, March 22 that solidifies a collaboration that will positively impact children suffering with mental health in Niagara and beyond.

“This partnership with Brock University will have a far-reaching impact and it will provide mutual benefits to the well-being of the Niagara community,” said Shaun Baylis, CEO, Pathstone Mental Health. “It creates the opportunity for co-developed research to advance brain health knowledge, and to crystalize our existing supportive and collaborative relationship.”

Friday’s announcement took place at Pathstone’s Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines, where Brock faculty members and students have been provided with office and lab space, giving them direct access to children and families interested in participating in groundbreaking research.

“These collaborations with partner organizations are critically important to the health and well-being of our Niagara community,” said Brock President Gervan Fearon. “This collaboration will provide our students with invaluable hands-on experience as they work alongside Pathstone’s team of support workers and clinicians.”

Together with their undergraduate and graduate student research teams, Brock professors have started, or are about to begin a number of important research initiatives:

• Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Neuroscience Dawn Good and PhD candidate Caitlin Gallant are researching the neuropsychological and socioemotional factors that predict the severity and complexity of mental health challenges in children and youth.
• Professor of Psychology Sid Segalowitz and Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies Ayda Tekok-Kilic, along with a number of students, are using an electroencephalogram (EEG) installed at Pathstone to study anxiety disorders and ADHD. By examining brain activity, researchers are able to evaluate in what way interventions are effective when appearing to use standard psychological measures.
• Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Colleen Hood and PhD student Lauren Cripps are examining the impact of therapeutic recreation intervention designed to support the development of positive identity for youth with mental health challenges.
• Associate Professor of Psychology Angela Book and PhD student Nathalie Gauthier are examining factors around anti-social behaviour and specifically looking at how parenting style may mitigate the effect of childhood adversity on these behaviours.
• Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies Tricia Vause is launching a project evaluating the benefits of blending behaviour therapy with recreational dance to equip children with coping strategies while giving them the added benefit of improved motor skills, self-esteem and helping them form new friendships.
• A collaboration between Professor of Linguistics Gary Libben, Professors Tekok-Kilic, Segalowitz, and their students and postdocs will develop an EEG tool for assessing reactivity to common words with negative/positive versus neutral connotations (such as ‘destroy’ vs ‘build’ vs ‘change’) to assess vocabulary and emotional reactivity in children and youth with psychological challenges.

In addition, Brock’s Faculty of Education is working with Pathstone to develop a training program aimed at helping teachers deal with complex mental health issues in the classroom.

Segalowitz, Director of Brock’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research, which has worked with Pathstone for a number of years, said the MOU also offers Brock students across various faculties unique opportunities for experiential education.

“Students are often very interested in clinical issues, but to get involved in clinical research is sometimes difficult and certainly you need a special kind of partnership,” he said. “With this partnership, we’ll be able to boost their career development in this direction in ways we haven’t been able to in the past.”

Bill Helmeczi, Pathstone Director of Strategic Planning, Standards and Practices, called it a dynamic and positive partnership.

“The research presents great opportunities not only for Pathstone staff and Brock faculty, but also the entire Niagara community,” he said. “By bringing clinical staff together with researchers, I think we can build a dynamic research program that fosters a great deal of benefit as researchers become more aware of the specific challenges we face in dealing with children’s mental health in the region.”

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“Fill the Pig, Feel Better” community campaign raises $50,000 for Pathstone Mental Health

Kids, companies, clubs and many others adopted hundreds of pigs (piggy banks) from a Meridian Credit Union location in Niagara and filled it with donations, in support of Pathstone Mental Health.

The brand new initiative was launched at the end of January, encouraging the Niagara community to contribute, essentially stuffing the pig, to support children in Niagara who are struggling with mental health issues, and receiving help from Pathstone.

Each filled pig equalled anywhere from $50-$100 which represented numerous one-on-one sessions with a Pathstone therapist either through the walk-in clinic, by calling the 24/7 crisis hotline or in a longer multi-session therapy program.

We were so excited to see the engine of the community kick into overdrive on this campaign. Pigs were given names, were dressed up and showcased on social media. They were taken on vacation and songs were written about them. We saw kids going door to door with their parents, asking their neighbours to donate. This campaign revived good old fashioned fundraising and has shown our younger community what being philanthropic is all about. Our Niagara community was truly generous and is so supportive of the mental health work we are doing with kids and their families in Niagara. We are thankful to be able to celebrate a great joint achievement with Meridian in raising $50,000.
Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

The engagement of this fun and interactive fund raising campaign was high. Meridian employees across all communities in Niagara put power into the campaign in demonstration of our pride and commitment to children’s mental health. Partnerships are important in building community and there were many partnerships that contributed to a very successful first year of Fill the Pig Feel Better. The stories from supporters were plentiful and it became obvious that we are fortunate to have an agency like Pathstone contribute to growing lives and making Niagara a better place. Money is one of the biggest stressors for people today and thanks to the generosity of community, Pathstone families have access to programs and support they otherwise would not have without significant financial costs. Thank you to all the participants and donors in the inaugural year of Fill the Pig Feel Better. We all benefit from the lasting positive impact Pathstone has on the lives of our youth and their families.
Shelley Dix-District Vice President- Meridian

If you want to support the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign online, you can visit “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” and donate.

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Taps, Apps & Laughs

Taps, Apps & Laughs is a night to enjoy local beer & wine, tasty food and hilarious comedy with 150 guests. The comedy show will feature local comedian David Green with 3 opening performances by Michael Moses, Brenda Lennie and Marc Calaguiro. On April 4 from 7 to 11 p.m., guests will enjoy $2 app tasters and raffle prizes at Beechwood Golf and Social House.

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Turntable Trivia

Turntable Trivia is retro music-themed trivia night from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s, taking place on March 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Canadian Polish Society in St. Catharines. This sold out event of 272 guests, will feature music, mystery prizes and food & drinks.

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Rise and Shine Yoga

Rise and Shine Yoga is a wellness-packed morning starting with a yoga class followed by a breakfast buffet, mimosas and smoothies, silent auction on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meridian Community Centre in Pelham. This event is sold out with 128 guests.

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Designer Handbag Bingo

Designer Handbag Bingo is a classic game with a stylish twist where designer bags are up for grabs on March 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre in Thorold. This event is sold out with 281 guests.

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Actress Mackenzie Phillips announced as 10th Annual Hope Award Gala guest speaker.

Pathstone Foundation is excited to announce the 10th Annual Hope Award Gala presented by RBC will welcome Celebrity Guest Speaker, Mackenzie Phillips to the stage of Fallsview Casino’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, June 7th.

This American Actress and Author rose to fame with breakout parts in the 1973 movie, “American Graffiti” and ‘70s sitcom, “One Day at a Time.” Phillips currently plays “Barb” in Season 6 of “Orange is the New Black” on Netflix and will star in the upcoming revival of “One Day at a Time,” also on Netflix.

Mackenzie is the author of two books including the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir “High on Arrival.” She’s now making a different impact as a director at the Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles where she specializes in trauma, drug and alcohol treatment and recovery.

The daughter of “The Mamas and the Papas” lead singer John Phillips, Mackenzie is a survivor of substance abuse and a visible and outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education. She will bring her knowledge and voice to the stage on the subject of recovery and share stories of her near fatal drug addiction, suicide attempts, depression and the dysfunctional environment she grew up in.

Mackenzie will also talk about her gains through therapy and her work as a rehabilitation counselor. She will also share the proven tools and holistic approaches she has used in her own life and with those who are on their way to recovery.

In addition to welcoming Mackenzie’s personal mental health journey, we will also celebrate the impact Pathstone Mental Health has made in Niagara over the past year. The opening and expansion of the Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic is what the community asked for in their push to increase immediate access to mental health services for their children. We will also honour a champion in mental health with the Hope Award.
Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone Foundation

This truly unique night is not to be missed.

Tickets/Tables are NOW on-sale online – Choose your table at seat at https://www.eztix.com/pathstone/

Date: Friday, June 7th
Location:  Fallsview Casino – Grand Ballroom
Itinerary: Reception (Cash Bar) passed appetizers (6PM) – Dinner (7PM) – Mackenzie Phillips (8:45PM) – Event to close (10PM)
Tickets: $165 pp / $1,650 per table (10 seats)

Select your seat and purchase tickets online at:

https://www.eztix.com/pathstone/

*There are still opportunities for sponsorship.

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