(L-R) In front of Cornerstone
Associate Minister Dunlop and MPP Piccini met with staff and board members in Northumberland-Peterborough South
Recently, Hon. Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, visited local agencies in Northumberland-Peterborough South with MPP Piccini to meet with staff and board members,
In May 2020, the government announced a one-time $1 million response fund to help frontline counselling agencies adapt to remote service delivery and ensure continued operation during the COVID-19 outbreak. This funding will help support people experiencing, or at risk of gender-based violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to access counselling and other critical services they need.
Associate Minister Dunlop and MPP Piccini visited Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, an organization that has been assisting women and their children since 1983. They discussed the programs and services provided through the Centre, including supportive short term living and counselling, educational information about abuse, and the crisis line
They also visited Five Counties Children’s Centre to meet with CEO Scott Pepin and tour the Children’s Treatment Centre. The Centre is funded by the Ministry to deliver core community-based and school-based rehabilitation services including speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Northumberland County EarlyON Child and Family Centre has partnered with Five Counties Children’s Centre and will be moving into a new space at the Five Counties office in Cobourg.
Associate Minister Dunlop and MPP Piccini finished their tour at Rebound Child and Youth Services, a not-for-profit charitable organization providing community-based programs and services to children, youth and families in Northumberland County. Programming and services encourage mental wellness and positive growth through counselling, skills building and restorative practices to ensure that children and youth are supported to reach their fullest potential.
Hon. Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues: “Gender-based violence is not new. Unfortunately, one of the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak was a heightened risk for those experiencing this kind of aggression. Our government is working closely with our partners to respond to new challenges in managing the health and well-being of those experiencing gender-based violence. The continued safety of staff and the people they serve are of the utmost importance as we stay the course and begin to reopen the province.”
-David Piccini: “Our government is proud to recognize the many service providers and community partners across Ontario doing critical work to support people experiencing, or at risk of gender-based violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Over the past several months, they have provided continued supports to victims during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
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