Pathstone’s Market Square Summer Social

Bringing in Summer a Little Early

Pathstone’s Market Square Summer Social Event Returns, raising funds for Welland site.

Niagara Region, ON [May, 2, 2022] Market Square Summer Social, the in-person event Pathstone Foundation introduced last year, returns this June. All funds raised will support their newest site River House, located in Welland.

“We are turning up the fun a little early this year moving it to June, the place where our former Hope Award Gala once was. This event gives guests an open air feel in the heart of downtown St. Catharines.” Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone Foundation

“The event is much bigger this year. We have grown from 11 food and drink vendors last year, to 18 this year. What remains the same is the love for all things local, and that includes businesses and Pathstone.”

“This year, funds raised will be designated to Pathstone’s newest site. River House, located in Welland is currently in renovation mode, but will open its doors to Pathstone clients and their families by the end of the year. We are in the middle of a $750K campaign that will support renovation costs and staffing. Hiring more therapists is the only we will be able to bring down the wait list that was created through the pandemic.”

A little more about the event.

Market Square Summer Social (MSSS) takes the best parts of an outdoor market experience, and social event and puts it together under one ‘open-air” venue in downtown St. Catharines. This year, you will not need a reservation time, simply purchase your tickets online and arrive when it suits you best between 5:30-7:00pm. MSSS will close at 10pm. That night you will experience some of the best Niagara has to offer with 18 food and drink experiences, live DJ and live Art creation, with a 50/50 draw too.

About Pathstone: In year two of the pandemic, Pathstone was again seeing an increase in cases. We inched closer to the 10,000 cases seen mark and are currently sitting with a wait list of 502. This 35 percent increase over the past two years makes it glaring clear that kids are struggling and that support has never been needed more.

To find out more about MSSS, to book your tickets and of course see who our generous sponsors and vendors are, visit

Market Square Summer Social

Wednesday, June 8th, from 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Buy your tickets online at,

Let’s Celebrate our Sponsors:

BELL Canada

Brock University, Bosh-Rexroth, Miller DKI, TB Landscaping

FirstOntario, Cogeco, Beatties, Mentholatum, RBC

Move 105.7 FM, AAEH Security, Haskell Photography

Here is who will be there!

Johnny Rocco’s Pizza Wagon, Wellington Court, Eh-Jose, Bolete, The District Tapas+Bar, 335 on the ridge, Red Ganache, Green Apple, Comfort Café Catering, Itty Bitty Pie Co., Dunk Cookie Co., Henry of Pelham Winery, Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery, Bench Brewing, Chateau des Charmes, Brunch Beverages, Wandering Spirits Coffee, Collab Wine & Beverage.

 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 struggling with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to help meet the needs of more kids and families. We are a lead agency for the province of Ontario as well as the primary provider of children’s mental health services in Niagara. Crisis & Support is offered 24/7 and is just a phone call away: 1-800-263-4944.

For Media Inquiries / Contact:

Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR e.  o. 905.688.6850 x 167



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When a mission turns into a movement

Niagara mom aims to turn Niagara PLAID In Memory of her daughter and others lost to suicide

St. Catharines, ON (November 1, 2021) – A passion project that began with a few family and friends has quickly grown to become a movement to turn Niagara plaid in November.

Following the tragic loss of Amelia Durocher to suicide in February of 2019, her mother Shanta Rangaratnam channeled her energy and grief into #ProjectPlaid. Plaid was Amelia’s signature style, whether she was out with friends, heading to class at Brock or to work at Winner’s you would typically see something plaid on Amelia.

In its first year, #ProjectPlaid encouraged people to wear plaid on what would have been Amelia’s 19th birthday, November 27th and to donate to the campaign. In under two years, over $20,000 has been raised for Pathstone Mental Health.

With the addition of corporate support from Meridian and the Niagara Ice Dogs, and interest from many local companies and community members, this mission is evolving into a movement. “This was never just about Amelia, says Shanta, this campaign was about talking openly about mental health with the hope that something like this never happens to another child or their family.”

This year, Black Friday, will become Plaid Friday, on November 26th.  At 10:15 pm Niagara Falls will be illuminated Black & Red In Honour of #ProjectPlaid. The night before, (Nov. 25th) will be Plaid Eve at the Niagara Ice Dogs game when they take on the Hamilton Bulldogs. Those attending the game are encouraged to wear plaid and can also donate to Pathstone on-site to receive a #ProjectPlaid sticker and or purchase a signature #ProjectPlaid toque. (available on the concourse level)

Companies, clubs, schools and teams can also JOIN THE MOVEMENT and support Pathstone in a variety of ways. More info on how can be found at

“It is an honour to take part in this growing, important and meaningful movement” said Janice Calverley, Interim Chief Operating Officer, Meridian. “At Meridian, we are committed to building resilience, and that includes mental health resilience. We are thrilled to be a part of the conversation, wearing our plaid and supporting Pathstone Foundation.”

“We are still in this, and the mental health cases we are seeing at Pathstone clearly shows that the pandemic has made a troublesome impact on many. This campaign will bring some light and much love to those who are struggling.”
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy- Pathstone Foundation.

About Pathstone Mental Health

A community-based organization with a mission to provide innovative and effective treatment for all children in Niagara struggling with mental health issues. Thanks to support from our donors and volunteers, we are able to address and meet the needs of more children and their families. We are the primary accredited provider of mental health services for children in Niagara and a lead agency for the province of Ontario. We have been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis & Support is offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About Meridian

With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, and second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 380,000 Members. Meridian has $27.6 billion in assets under management (September 30, 2021) and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 89 branches across Ontario, and business banking services in 15 locations. Meridian cardholders also have access to over 43,000 surcharge-free ABMs in North America with THE EXCHANGE® Network and the Allpoint Network in the US. For more information, please visit:, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or visit us on Facebook 

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews, please contact: Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy and Public Relations – Pathstone Foundation / Mental Health or 289-969-8342.

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