Help for victims
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff The South Glengarry fire department is helping an area non-profit organization dedicated to assisting child abuse victims and their families.
Fire Chief Dave Robertson told last week that the department will be supporting the Cornwall Children’s Treatment Centre’s new public awareness campaign.
“The centre has approached me about their desire to publicize their valuable services outside of their traditional area of the City of Cornwall,” by advertising on municipal fire hall signs, explained Chief Robertson.
“They would like the communities in the Counties to know about the services that they can provide, and they see our stations as a way to do this, with the extremely limited advertising budget that they have.”
A recent letter from Children’s Treatment Centre Project Coordinator and co-founder Angelo Towndale states that the organization has provided counselling and other forms of assistance to more than 2,500 children and 2,100 families in Cornwall, StormontDundas-Glengarry and Akwesasne since 1996.
Mr. Towndale adds that approximately 13 per cent of clients are Glengarry residents.
The centre does not receive funding from any level of government; services are maintained through donations and the proceeds of fundraising events held throughout the year.
All services are provided free of charge, and the centre has volunteer drivers who provide free transportation for children and their families to attend their counselling sessions.