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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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Expanding Walk- In clinic service

Pathstone donors responds to calls from the community, expanding Walk- In clinic service.

St. Catharines, ON (February 11th, 2019) – Beginning Today, Pathstone’s Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic will be even more accessible. The clinic, which currently offers immediate, one-on-one mental health counselling three days each week will expand to five days per week.

With calls from the community to increase mental health service and access to it, the Foundation reached out to our loyal donors. We had overwhelming support from Niagara residents and commitments from the Fowler Family Foundation and Medavie Health. The  expansion of the Walk-In Clinic was only made possible through these donations. We will need to continue to fundraise to keep this service and hope to be able to count on the community for help.
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthopy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

The Fowler Family Foundation has been privileged to be a supporter of the Pathstone program over the past few years.  The recent decision to extend the hours of available services speaks to the Pathstone Team’s commitment to the community. 
Dave Fowler, Fowler Family Foundation

As a not-for-profit health solutions partner, Medavie is committed to improving the wellbeing of Canadians. Through investments in programs and innovative solutions, we, including our operating companies Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services, help Canadians live well and enable easier access to quality health care in our communities. We are pleased to support Pathstone. Ensuring youth have access to mental health supports when and where they need them aligns with our Foundation’s belief that all Canadians, especially young Canadians, should have access to the tools and supports they need to live their best lives.
Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie

One-on-one Mental Health counselling for children, youth and their parents and caregivers is now available Monday through Thursday from 9am – 7pm with the last appointment taken at 6pm, and on Friday from 9am – 4pm with the last appointment taken at 3pm.

Located at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines, this five day per week clinic will offer single session, one-on-one service with a Pathstone Mental Health clinician.

Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic – New Days & Hours of Operation

Dates: Monday – Friday

Times:  Mon- Thurs 9am – 7pm (last appointment taken at 6pm) / Fri- 9am – 4pm (last appointment taken at 3pm)

Location:  Branscombe Mental Health Centre, 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, Ontario

No Appointment * No fee * No Health Card required

*Please note, parking at BMHC is $2 for the first hour, $4 MAX.

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Wellness Walls pilot project arrives at Niagara Catholic schools, supporting Mental Wellness

Today, on Bell Let’s Talk Day, six Niagara Catholic District schools and The Fleming Centre in Lincoln became Wellness Wall Ambassadors, in support of mental wellness.

This morning, students, staff and supporters kicked off the four month pilot project at St. Edward School in Jordan, building out the first theme wall, which focusses on bullying.

Students tend to not come to us directly, but their friends will tell us if they are worried about one of their peers. At St. Edward we also have a staff mental health champion on-site and are consistently engaging students on new mental health projects throughout the school year to keep them talking and taking action. Carla Bianco, Principal of St. Edward Elementary School  

This project, is presented by Pathstone Mental Health, in partnership with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, The Town of Lincoln, Spark Niagara, Niagara College and Digitall Graphics.

“This effort, was a year in the making. The goal of the Wellness Wall is to create an atmosphere of education, awareness and empathy for students and community. Using the February theme of bullying as an example, it’s important that kids are aware of what bullying looks like, how they can intercept it and to be aware of some of the signs that are linked to those who bully and to those who are bullied. – Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Mental Health

The Wellness Walls pilot project focuses on two themes, designed to educate students about a number of mental health issues they may encounter. Our goal is to empower students to take action, support fellow students, and to feel they can be leaders in bettering mental wellness at school. When Wellness Walls is rolled out to all Niagara Catholic schools in September, four themes will be unveiled throughout the school year.

Students will build out their own wall in a high traffic area of the school. They are encouraged to interact with the wall from posting messages of hope and encouragement to taking photos of the statistics presented, scanning the QR code which will take them to a video matching the theme, and even completing the online survey to give their thoughts on the project.

Teachers may also bring the content into the classroom for further discussion.

“At Niagara Catholic, we have highlighted mental health promotion in our Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, and this project brings that to life. It’s important for mental health programs to be visible in the schools, so that students can feel safe and comfortable talking about mental health.” – Andrea Bozza- Registered Psychotherapist, Mental Health Lead Niagara Catholic District School Board, Catholic Education Center

 “Niagara College recognizes the importance of mental health and wellness by ensuring that support is visible and accessible to students. We’re pleased to sponsor the innovative Wellness Walls initiative which will encourage open dialogue about mental health in our community.” – Lianne Gagnon – Director of Student Services, Niagara College.

 Why the Town of Lincoln felt it important to pilot this project both in schools and in the community.

“The health and wellbeing of our residents is paramount.  Supportive, holistic places where residents can participate in not only physical and social activity but maintain and improve their emotional and mental health ensure that we are realizing our community vision as a place to grow, a place to prosper and a place to belong.  Empowering our youth by building resilient, aware and compassionate individuals outstretches beyond home and school life.  Future leaders are a product of a community that supports them.” – Sarah Ane, Associate Director, Community Services, Town of Lincoln

 “Spark Niagara recognizes that strong mental health is an important part of strong community health, and that the business community has a vital role to play in promoting open conversation about mental health so that all members of our community can thrive.” – Dave Robitaille – Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Spark Niagara

 Participating Pilot Project Schools/Centres

  • Blessed Trinity (secondary school)
  • Our Lady of Fatima
  • St. Edward (kick off school)
  • St. John
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Martin
  • Fleming Centre
  • Town of Lincoln Summer Camp

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Pathstone wins $50,000 in support of Walk- In Clinic

When the banner was unfurled today, the team at Pathstone learned that they were the winners of a $50,000 prize to be directed to the Walk-In Clinic. The Foundation was a top 10 finalist in iA Financial Group’s Canada-wide Philanthropic contest.

Votes determined the winners and ultimately the amount of money that was gifted.

“Thanks to overwhelming support from those who voted, we were able to secure a $50,000 donation to be directed to the Walk-In Clinic Extended Hours Program. With the recent suicides making news in Niagara, the community has been pushing even harder for better access to mental health care. We know how important it is for children, youth and families across Niagara to get this kind of support without delay.”

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. This year, we celebrate 50 years of helping kids in Niagara. Note, Crisis Services are offered 24/7 by calling 1-800-263-4944.

About iA Financial Group

Founded in 1892, iA Financial Group offers life and health insurance products, mutual and segregated funds, savings and retirement plans, RRSPs, securities, auto and home insurance, mortgages and car loans, and other financial products and services for both individuals and groups.

iA Financial Group has over 6,500 employees and more than 25,000 advisors across its vast financial product and services distribution network. It is one of the four largest life and health insurance companies in Canada and among the largest publicly traded companies in the country. Listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IAG.

 

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Pathstone breaks ground on Natural Playground & Healing Garden.

On Tuesday October 2nd, well over one hundred community supporters gathered to celebrate and break ground on what will be the first natural playground and healing garden, built at a children’s mental health facility in Canada. Construction begins tomorrow (Oct 3rd) with the teams from Rankin Construction, Walker Industries and Mountainview.

“Thanks to inspired donors and solid community partners, by Spring 2019, children, youth and families of Pathstone will be welcomed into The Mountainview Natural Playground & Healing Garden, located at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines.”
Kim Rossi- Director of Philanthropy & PR – Pathstone Foundation

Quotes from supporters who attended today’s ground breaking.

“My late father Nick always taught us that it’s better to give then receive and there is no better feeling then to have given and expect nothing in return.”
Mark Basciano – President of Mountainview on making the Lead Gift

“Mental Health and specifically children’s mental health has never been more important. To be able to be even a small part in helping over 6,200 children and their families in Niagara each year, deal with the challenges of mental illness is exactly what the Wise Guys is all about. Congratulations on your ground breaking for this innovative project and continued success in helping make Niagara a better place to be.”
Doug Smith – Wise Guys Charity Fund on why they chose to support Pathstone

“Contact with nature is becoming increasingly recognized as not only beneficial but essential for a healthy balanced life. Stopping to smell the roses, hug a tree, or marvel at a sunset can be life altering experiences.” As a steering committee member I was able to advocate for the inclusion of plant material that is indigenous to the “nature” of Niagara.”
Glenn & Linda Meyers – on why they were inspired to give

“Music has always been a huge part of our family, and paramount during our healing process. When we heard that Pathstone wanted to build this playground and include a music area, we knew just where we wanted Ben’s Memorial Fund to go.”
Samantha Berry – A client of Pathstone and supporter through the Ben Jeffries Music Memorial Fund

We couldn’t be more grateful to all of our generous believers and supporters. This space will be transformative for the young people we see at Pathstone. We know that time spent in a natural environment is calming, reduces feelings of stress, fear, anger and aggression and improves functionality, focus and self-esteem.”
Shaun Baylis – CEO Pathstone

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Mountainview Homes makes a major gift in Niagara

Today we are thrilled to celebrate and recognize a lead gift made to Pathstone Foundation.

On Thursday, September 13th, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) announced this year’s recipients of their upcoming National Philanthropy Day awards.

Mountainview Homes is being honoured with the Outstanding Corporation Award. This award is presented annually to a company that has demonstrated outstanding financial support, community involvement and motivation of others to take leadership roles.

In keeping with the spirit of AFP’s Philanthropic honour, Mountainview’s President Mark Basciano announced a lead gift from Mountainview Homes to Pathstone Foundation in support of our Natural Playground & Healing Garden. This 10,000 square foot outdoor space will be built at the new Branscombe Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines. An official ground breaking is set for Tuesday, October 2nd.

“Mark expressed excitement in this project from our first conversation. Because of this extremely generous gift, we are able to start construction next month on what will be the first Natural Playground & Healing Garden built at a children’s mental health facility in Canada. This outdoor space will soon become a favorite spot for our young clients who are coping with mental health issues through therapy at Pathstone.”
Kim Rossi, Director of Philanthropy & PR at Pathstone.

Over the last four decades Mountainview has made substantial donations to various organizations including, but not limited to; Pathstone Foundation, Hotel Dieu Shaver, Niagara College, Brock University Rugby, Local Youth Sports, Nick Basciano Community Centre- Thorold Community Care and McMaster SickKids

“At the end of the day it’s not about what we have or what we have accomplished, it’s about what we have given back. It’s about making a difference for someone else, who we help, and who we make better. We are thrilled to be part of this project. Not only is it leading edge in Canada, but it definitely will make a very positive difference in the lives of young people dealing with mental health issues.“
Mark Basciano, President of Mountainview Homes

“Our Natural Playground & Healing Garden will be a unique, innovative and transformative initiative for our community. Research has long supported that for young people dealing with mental health issues, time spent in a natural environment is calming, reduces feelings of stress, fear, anger and aggression and improves functionality, focus and self-esteem. We are so grateful to Mark and Mountainview for their generosity and display of such strong community spirit.“
Shaun Baylis – CEO Pathstone

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 Mountainview Homes
Mountainview is the premier Home Builder and Developer in the Niagara Region, with 40 years of experience. They have built neighbourhoods from Fort Erie to Grimsby and west towards Kitchener-Waterloo and all communities in between. Mountainview has been recognized and honoured by the Niagara Home Builders Associations, Ontario Home Builders Associations, Avid Ratings and Tarion Warranty Corporation. Mountainview also serves as a full service General Contractor and Commercial Property Manager offering a variety of prime leasing opportunities to local businesses. Mountainview prides itself on its ability to provide a higher level of standards and service. To the homeowner, it means providing an exceptional building experience and managing high expectations. To the industry, it means continuing to raise the bar in building developments, and building science technology. To the community, it means continuing to actively participate in and grow the neighborhoods in which we live, work and play.

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$50K Grant from Desjardins

We are thrilled to share with you the news that Pathstone has secured a $50K grant from Desjardins. This was the LARGEST grant they were awarding across Canada.

This gift has been designated to the creation of Pathstone’s Natural Playground & Healing Garden.

Construction is set to begin in  late September 2018 at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre.

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Walk-in clinic for Immediate Mental Health Counselling

Starting Tuesday, February 27th, Walk-in Mental Health counselling for children and youth and their parents and caregivers will be available at Pathstone Mental Health.

Located at the Branscombe Mental Health Centre, in St. Catharines, this three day per week clinic will offer single session, one-on-one service with a Pathstone Mental Health therapist.

Those between the ages of six and 17 years old can come to the walk-in clinic if they are:

  • Feeling sad, worried or angry
  • Having fights with your parents
  • Being bullied
  • Dealing with a personal issue
  • Feeling like you might hurt yourself
  • Suffering because someone has hurt you
  • Getting in trouble at school, home or in the community
  • Feeling like you are being treated unfairly

Or if there is anything else on your mind!

*Parents and caregivers can also use the walk-in clinic for children under the age of six, if they are concerned about child related ages and stages, are constantly arguing with their child or are worried about their child’s social and emotional challenges.

Walk-In Clinic

Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (beginning Tuesday, Feb 27th)

Time:  9:00 – 4:00 pm (last appointment will be taken at 3:00 pm)
Location:  Branscombe Mental Health Centre, 1338 Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines, Ontario

One-on-one therapy with a Pathstone Mental Health Therapist
No Appointment * No fee * No Health Card required

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