Celebrating kids and their clans

Oct 9 • LifeNo Comments on Celebrating kids and their clans

Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent Leamington, left, and Donna Litwin-Makey, executive director of the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, right; share a smile with CTC-CK advocate Cristian Picard at the centre’s recent Family Fall Festival.

A Family Fall Festival was held at the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) on Oct. 1 to celebrate children and families with fun and social activities including a BBQ, Face Painting, Play Rangers and more.

It also provided a chance for client and family ambassadors to update families regarding a letter-writing campaign in support of provincial funding for a new centre.

Due to the addition of new programs, caseload growth, strong demand and changing client needs, the CTC-CK is in need of a new expanded building.

Local fundraising support has been strong and a location on McNaughton Avenue West has been chosen as the new site.

In order to start construction, the CTC-CK requires both local fundraising and government funding. Advocacy continues to obtain Ministry funding sooner in order to set a construction date.

Past clients and current centre ambassadors, Ashley Gialelem and Cristian Picard were present to facilitate the letter writing campaign and know first-hand the need for a new Centre.

“It’s time for a new Children’s Treatment Centre for a brighter tomorrow,” Picard said in a media release

“Our voices need to be heard. I know we can do this together,” Gialelem said.

The event also supported “Celebrating Abilities, and Developing Potential” and provided a chance to share the CTC-CK’s commitment to families with their vision of Amazing Kids Today, Enriching our Community tomorrow.

“Our staff and Centre are very committed to families. Everyone values the chance to connect through our Festival,” stated Donna Litwin-Makey, executive director of CTC-CK. “We thank our parent and client ambassadors that are helping to promote our need for a new build through a letter writing campaign.”

For more information on how to help the CTC-CK in their advocacy efforts, please call Gialelem y at 519-354-0520, ext. 158 or visit https://ctc-ck.com/family-advocacy/

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