Cre­at­ing safe havens in our com­mu­ni­ties

Seaway News - - News - NICK SEE­BRUCH ni­cholas.see­bruch@tc.tc

United Way Cen­traide SD&G sup­ported pro­grams are chang­ing lives and help­ing to cre­ate strong peo­ple and a healthy com­mu­nity. We gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant im­pact in our com­mu­nity by in­vest­ing in pro­grams of­fer­ing sup­port, guid­ance and ed­u­ca­tion cre­at­ing last­ing, positive change in the lives of oth­ers.

GIAG – Glen­garry In­ter- Agency Group is chang­ing lives through the Glen­garry Youth Pro­gram. This Youth Pro­gram of­fers a safe haven for youth 9-17 years of age at the Youth Cen­tre lo­cated in Alexan­dria, sports pro­grams at two lo­cal el­e­men­tary schools and also does out­reach at the two lo­cal high schools.

The Youth Fa­cil­i­ta­tors in Glen­garry have as­sisted youth with trou­bles at home, in­clud­ing deal­ing with CAS and un­for­tu­nate fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances, hunger is­sue, in bulling sit­u­a­tions, men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties, strug­gling to fit in, drug us­age and peer pres­sure.

GIAG – Glen­garry In­ter- Agency Group is chang­ing lives through the Dun­das Youth Pro­gram. This Youth Pro­gram of­fers safe, non­judge­men­tal pro­grams for youth 9-17 years of age. The Youth Cen­tre e in Dun­das in­cludes a Youth Cen­tre in Winch­ester and drop in pro­gram in Ch­ester­ville.

The Dun­das Youth pro­gram pro­motes healthy liv­ing by of­fer­ing nu­tri­tious cooking pro­grams, and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. Pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and re­sources for stress man­age­ment, time man­age­ment and other skills that would as­sist the youth in stay­ing in school. A com­puter lab is avail­able to the Youth Cen­tre in Winch­ester for stu­dents to do re­search, home­work and projects.

There is a def­i­nite need for these safe havens in our com­mu­ni­ties and with the United Way Fund­ing and sup­port, t th these pro­grams be­come im­pact­ful for the youth in our com­mu­nity.

YOU can be a HERO – do­nate to­day! Your do­na­tions to United Way Cen­traide SD&G stay 100% lo­cal to be in­vested into our com­mu­nity and have an IM­PACT by chang­ing lives for youth, stu­dents, women and ev­ery­one who needs a cham­pion. You can be a HERO – let’s im­prove lives and build our com­mu­nity by work­ing to­gether.

This is a ques­tion I see posted all the time on so­cial me­dia. At least once a week I see some­one ask­ing, “what is there to do around here?” or, “is there any ac­tiv­i­ties for kids this week­end?” Worst of all how­ever, are those who post “there is noth­ing to do and there is noth­ing for kids around here,” this is com­pletely false, but I see it all the time.

We live in a very ac­tive area that has com­mu­ni­ties of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who or­ga­nize events every week of the year. Each week­end there is at least one kid friendly event hap­pen­ing in Corn­wall and SD&G. This is true year­round, but espe­cially so dur­ing the sum­mer.

Corn­wall Tourism has a page on their web­site that lists all of the up­com­ing events in the area, and the SD&G Coun­ties has a sim­i­lar page on their web­site as well.

If you hap­pen to not have a com­puter, or ac­cess to the in­ter­net for some rea­son, then both the City of Corn­wall and the United Coun­ties of SD& G also pub­lish their own

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