Fundraising

Local Band Releases Second Limited Edition Hat in Support of Mental Health in Niagara.

Mad Hatters Band, Isolation Station, Phase 2 “The Unity Hat”

He launched his second effort to support mental health in as many months at the cottage last night. Frank Pietrangelo of the Mad Hatters Band went LIVE on Instagram, sporting a new black trucker style hat, unveiling what has been affectionately been dubbed ISO-187, Phase 2, “The Unity Hat.”

After selling 186 of the Phase 1 hats, this Phase 2 effort will also be a limited edition and only available for purchase until August 8th.

This is once again a solid showing of the commitment, heart and demonstration of community spirit we have in Niagara. Frankie’s friends, family and as well as mental health supporters supported this project from day one, through helping with design, printing, and distribution to purchasing hats, and telling others about the campaign. We at Pathstone feel very fortunate to have this type of support all around us.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR, Pathstone Foundation/ Mental Health

When you become a part of Phase 2, you are supporting your kids, nieces and nephews, grand kids, cousins, friends and our community as a whole who lean on Pathstone Mental Health. We will walk together through this monumental life change, and support those who are struggling together.

Frank Pietrangelo, Mad Hatters Band, and Isolation Station creator.

The Isolation Station, Phase 2 Unity Hat is on sale now at https://shop.pathstonefoundation.ca/

Cost is $25, taxes included and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to Pathstone to support the countless programs they offer children, youth and families in Niagara, including their nine walk-in clinics.

When you pick-up your hat the week of August 17 at Monkey Sports, we encourage you to Wear + Share it on social and tag @pathstonemh_Niagara and @madhatters_band.

To read more about how Isolation Station came to be, please read the story below.

The Story

It was Sunday March 15, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to progress, Niagara moved to into full shut down mode in an effort to curb the spread. Kids were forced out of school, people out of work, and families were told to stay home.

It became a dark time for many who struggled to come to terms with this new reality. You saw income being reduced or lost, safety being threatened and social connections severed.

In the darkness of COVID-19, Isolation Station was born.

It was launched on Wednesday March 18, by Frank Pietrangelo of the Mad Hatters Band on Instagram LIVE. From 9 pm (or whenever his kids went to bed) until 11 ish this show, quickly became more than just Frank on his keyboard playing Bruce Springsteen from the garage. It was a meeting point that offered connection, support, laughs and yes, live music for all who were watching. It was a show about friendship and deep connection. The darkness of COVID-19 was a little brighter for two hours each Wednesday night.

Like any good show, Isolation Station continued to increase in popularity. There was no “sign on the door” of this garage bar, so long-time friend Tony Basilone designed one. The Isolation Station logo was a black circle, trimmed in gold with a lowercase gold “I” in the centre. There was a little light amongst the darkness.

When Frank sported a black trucker hat with this new logo, everyone wanted one.  Fast-forward to 186 hats sold and $1,239.17 raised for Pathstone Mental Health and momentum that will not quit.

However, the look and life through COVID-19 is changing.

While we are not complexly in the clear, the warm weather and fewer active COVID-19 cases is allowing some of our past freedoms to return.

In many cases, stores have re-opened, group gathering numbers have increased, but many workplaces are still closed, there is still a lot of worry and anxiety around the unknown.

As Isolation Station moves into Phase 2, we feel supported and a little brighter. For some, the COVID-19 shut-down turned into a time for people to reconnect with things they had long left behind due to being over-worked, over-tired, and over-committed.

As we join together in Phase 2, we are releasing Isolation Station’s Unity Hat.

On sale for 10 days only (until August 8). This, like the Phase 1 hat will be a limited edition offer, accompanied by a personalized letter from Frank.

When you become a part of Phase 2, you are supporting your kids, nieces and nephews, grand kids, cousins, friends and our community as a whole who lean on Pathstone Mental Health.

We will walk together through this monumental life change, and support those who are struggling because Niagara Never Quits.

Special thanks to Rob Orr at Monkey Team Sports by Northland for producing and distributing the hats.

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Neon Night Virtual Dance Party 2.0 “The Relaunch”

We will never say we are perfect. After a technical glitch 14 minutes into Neon Night last Friday, we were forced to regroup and relaunch. This coming Friday, July 3rd, we will present Neon Night Virtual Dance Party 2.0.

Pathstone Foundation in partnership with FirstOntario Credit Union and with support from Cogeco are celebrating friends, grads and their families with Neon Night, a virtual dance party that will stream at events.pathstonefoundation.ca on Friday, July 3rd at 8 PM. This event is FREE to view and will feature music, videos a few surprises and a slew of celebrities throwing props and advice to grads.

Whether you have great memories or not of prom and graduation, you still had memories. We wanted to acknowledge that yes this is a different world we are living in, but we can still celebrate all of the hard work students have put in at school.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone

We put the word out to a number of “friends of the foundation” who just happen to be well-known and many were quick to say yes to submitting a short video. A few of them I can tell you about are, music superstars, NHLer’s, comedians and actors.  (Tim Hicks, Brett Kissel, J.P Saxe, Brett Wilson, Colin Mochrie & Niagara’s Christian Lalama..just to name a few.) We also have a friend in DJ. Mike Oz-E who is mixing some great music and these videos together.

This event is for EVERYONE and while there is no cost to stream Neon Night, online donations in support of Pathstone would be gratefully accepted.

FirstOntario Credit Union presents

Neon Night > Virtual Dance Party 2.0 “The Relaunch”

Featuring celeb shout-outs to 2020 Graduates

Friday, July 3rd @ 8:00PM (EST)

To view, visit events.pathstonefoundation.ca

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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 & Support Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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Ontario Trillium Foundation supports Pathstone with safer school measures.

Funding of over $26,100 means a safer place for students to learn and grow.

St. Catharines, ON – Thanks to a $26,100 Capital grant that was awarded to Pathstone Mental Health by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2019, a new generator has been installed at Pathstone’s school on Merrittville Highway. On Friday, MPPs Sam Oosterhoff, Wayne Gates and Jennie Stevens were joined by OTF volunteer Bill Williams as they met with representatives from Pathstone to hear more about the need for the grant and the long-term difference it will make for their programming.

“Investments such these demonstrate the importance of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s work in local communities here in Niagara,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West. “With growing awareness of mental health needs, it is vital that organizations such as Pathstone have the capital funds they need to provide the world class mental health services our youth rely on. I wish to congratulate Pathstone on receiving this grant and thank them for the amazing work they do across Niagara.”

This Capital grant was a much-needed improvement to the building, as Pathstone has over 70 children and staff attending classes and mental health therapy sessions on site. The grant was requested as the building’s previous generator was over 30-years-old and was constantly breaking down. The age, fuel source, location, safety risk and efficiency of the unit made for a strong case to OTF for a replacement. With the grant, Pathstone unveiled its new natural gas generator that’s now installed outside of the building.

“This project aligned with OTF’s criteria for a Capital grant request. Being in a safe environment brings peace of mind to our clients, their families and our staff, which was at the heart of this project. We are grateful to OTF for recognizing the importance of this much needed improvement,” said Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy – Pathstone Foundation

 About OTF
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to 629 projects this year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca

About Pathstone
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. We are a lead agency and 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 – for Questions / Interviews; Kim Rossi – Director of Philanthropy & Public Relations  o. 905.688.6850 x 167  c. 289.969.8342 e. krossi@pathstone.ca

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The White & Bright Affair welcomes “The 5 Love Languages” best- selling author, Dr. Gary Chapman

Do you know what your Love Language is?

Pathstone Foundation is thrilled to unveil the details of their NEW Signature event, The White & Bright Affair, (WABA) in support of Pathstone Mental Health.
This June 5th, we’ll welcome the author of “The 5 Love Languages,” Dr. Gary Chapman to Fallsview Casino Resort, as RBC presents The White & Bright Affair.”

First, let me start by acknowledging the incredible support that the Hope Award Gala received over the past decade. After much conversation with volunteers, major sponsors and our team, we have landed on a new name, look and feel for our annual event which will still do what the Hope Gala set out to do a decade ago, promote mental health awareness, highlight our mission and bring Pathstone stakeholders together.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

“The White & Bright Affair,” is designed to connect us as a community. In his 30 minute chat, Dr. Chapman will talk about how to strengthen and nurture the most important relationships we have in our lives, especially with our spouses, partners and children. Identifying your Love Language will be the first step at our “Ice Breaker” Reception either by taking the Love Language quiz in advance or on-site. Along with great food, entertainment, a grand raffle and a mental wellness immersive experience, we know guests will walk away with some unforgettable moments.

The name, “The White & Bright Affair,” speaks to a fun dress code for the event. With a date in early June, we are asking guests to wear white plus a POP of their favorite colour. We are looking forward to hosting this fresh and fun Signature Event and we are sure you can already envision the great photos that will come when our guests arrive in similar attire but with their own unique “splash” incorporated.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

 

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It’s Back … and BIGGER – “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign expands in year two, in support of children’s mental health in Niagara

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- January 27th 2020

St. Catharines, ON– Pathstone Foundation and Meridian Credit Union are partnering for a second year on the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” Community Campaign in support of children’s mental health across Niagara.

Year two will kick-off with a few NEW initiatives.

You will be able to “adopt” a pig at ANY of the 17 Meridian Credit Union branches across Niagara to pick up starting TODAY, January 27th. This year’s campaign runs until the end of February.

Those who “adopt” a pig are encouraged to fill it with donations in support of Pathstone Foundation.

Each filled pig, represents approximately two one-on-one sessions with a Pathstone clinician at any of Pathstone’s eight Hear & Now Walk-In Clinics located across the region.

When your pig is full, simply return it to any Meridian Credit Union branch. * You don’t need to bank at Meridian to participate.

This year, we are introducing NEW ways to get involved.

Members of our Niagara community are becoming “Guest Artists” and painting up their pig to put at the cash register/counter at their place of business, including EVERY STORE at the Pen Centre.

Join us, on Tuesday, February 4th from 4-8pm for our “Paint the Pig Night at the Pen Centre” – sign up on Eventbrite to reserve your spot. When you arrive (at the former Sear’s Entrance) your $25 on-site donation includes your very own piggy bank and seat at our art table where you can personalize it.

If you simply want to support the “Fill the Pig, Feel Better” campaign online, you can visit the following link www.pathstonementalhealth.ca/fillthepig and donate to our virtual pig. *an automatic e-receipt will be issued.

In year two, this campaign continues to be about supporting access to mental health support through Walk-In Clinics for kids and their families. This campaign is also a demonstration of how good it feels to give back, no matter your age. This year, we had businesses reach out to us to support this campaign. There will be over 200 of them with piggy banks at their counters throughout the month. – Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR –Pathstone Foundation

Meridian is proud to partner with Pathstone Foundation for a second consecutive year, because we share a common goal of helping to grow lives and make them better. Finances are one the biggest stressors for parents as they carry out the demands of work and family while dealing with the challenges of mental health issues. Thanks to Pathstone, families have access to programs and support they otherwise would not have without significant financial costs. Together, we can make sure that Pathstone continues its vital work in supporting children’s mental health. We all benefit from the lasting positive impact Pathstone has on these young lives and their families. – Shelley Dix- District Vice President- Meridian

Campaign Details:

Adoption Locations- ALL 17 Meridian Credit Union branches across Niagara – https://www.meridiancu.ca/contact-us/Find-a-Branch-or-ABM.aspx

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Instagram & Twitter: @Fill_the_Pig
Tag: @PathstoneMH / @MeridianCU / @ThePenCentre
Hashtag: #fillthepig #Niagara #ChangeMatters #PigSpotting #KidsCount

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 Meridian
With over 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union and the third largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of its more than 300,000 Members.   Meridian has $20.6 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2018 and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 90 branches across Ontario, and commercial banking services in 11 locations. Meridian Members also have access to THE EXCHANGE® Network, with more than 3,500 no-fee ABMs across Canada and 500,000 ABMs in the United States. For more information, please visit: meridiancu.ca.

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

 

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Niagara man leaving Ottawa to begin a 36 hour ride home in support of Mental Health

St. Catharines, ON (November 18th, 2019) – Just after midnight (Nov 19th), Justin Turgeon will get on his bike in the Nation’s Capital and won’t get off until her arrives back in Niagara.

The more uncomfortable the better he says. Turgeon has decided to make point about the struggles you encounter when your mental health suffers at a time when the weather is anything but predictable.

Turgeon uses the “wolf pack” mentality in his training and in life, which is one of extreme loyalty and devotion to a group that binds wolves or in this case, people together as a unit. The 32 year old trainer is leaving downtown Ottawa in the dark of night with his “wolf pack” support team following close behind.

If all goes according to plan and the weather is somewhat on his side, Turgeon will arrive at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines 36 hours later after clocking 560 kilometers.  *estimated arrival time in St. Catharines approximately 2pm, Wed. Nov. 20th.

The goal of his Ride Over Matter mission is to heighten awareness of those struggling with their mental health and to raise funds for Pathstone Foundation in the process.

The former hockey player was sidelined after suffering multiple injuries and concussions. Turgeon also lost a cousin, who was like a brother to him at the hands of a mental health and addiction struggle.

Justin has made a few visits to local schools talking to students about his ride. A class at Notre Dame Elementary had his trip turned into a science and math lesson with students tracking time, speed and distance. The grade 3 students were full of questions for Turgeon and sent him off with a pile of letters of encouragement and thanks.

A few kids were very vocal about the fact they go to Pathstone for treatment. This really hammers home the mission of this ride. It’s about kids in our community being able to talk about their mental health and be supported.

Justin Turgeon, Ride Over Matter

A personal fundraising page has been set up for Justin’s Ride Over Matter trek. Supporters can sponsor Justin in kilometers by visiting https://www.pathstonefoundation.ca/ride-over-matter/ and will receive a tax deductible charitable receipt.

This kind of feat needs to be celebrated and I know when we ask Niagara for support, they come out in droves. We are so excited for him and grateful for Justin’s support. We hope the communit will join us on November 21st, in welcoming Justin home and celebrating his important journey.

Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation.

 You’re Invited

Justin’s Welcome Home Celebration!

Join Us at Pathstone Mental Health

 1338 Fourth Avenue, St. Catharines

Wednesday, November 21st – 1:00pm (Justin expected at approx. 2pm)

 Refreshments will be served *courtesy of Tim Hortons St. David’s Road

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. We have been helping kids for over 50 years in Niagara. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

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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

Or

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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“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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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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