VAUGHAN -- Const. Clayton Brown from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) organized a Community Engagement Event on July 9 at the Costco in Vaughan, bringing together social service organizations from across York Region.
Groups participating that day were Yellow Brick House, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Belinda’s Place, Children’s Aid Society (CAS), Vaughan Fire Department, and the OPP.
The Yellow Brick House is an Emergency Shelter for woman and children who have experienced violence & abuse. They offer support groups, legal services & transitional housing. Trained counsellors and a 24-hour crisis line is available for those in need of their services, visit www.yellowbrickhouse.org for more information.
The York Region CAS mandate is to look after the well-being of children in our community. Sometimes a teacher, neighbor or family member will make an anonymous call to CAS to let them know they have concerns about a child being physically, emotionally or verbally abused.
It is every citizen’s job to make sure our children are safe, visit www.yorkcas.org for more information.
CMHA is concerned about your mental health.
Every year they teach over 15,000 people how to create healthier families, workplaces and communities. They run a variety of programs at their offices including support for depression groups, caregiver support groups and more.
Go to: www.cmha-yr.on.ca for information about their other programs.
The first shelter for homeless women called Belinda’s Place, opened in York Region November 2015.
This is strictly for homeless women, not those fleeing violence. Some of the programs they offer are emergency housing, life skills training, mental health support, job search support and housing support.
In the first eight months of operation they have had to turn away over 300 women, which really drives home the need for this type of housing in the community.
Vaughan Fire Department spent their time teaching children about the importance of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, while stressing the importance of changing the batteries twice a year.
In Ontario, over 80 per cent of all carbon monoxide deaths and injuries occur in homes. Some appliances that produce carbon monoxide are furnaces, dryers, and stoves. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order, because they can’t save your life if they don’t work. You should have one of each on every floor in your home including the basement.
The OPP are here to serve and protect.
Their jurisdiction is the 400-series highways, Northern Ontario and our waterways, and to continue their protection the OPP are hiring. They are looking for men and women who demonstrate integrity, are accountable, courageous, caring and fair. If this is you, contact 1-800-OPP-HIRE for more details.
It was an enjoyable day for everyone participating.
Many people shopping at Costco stopped by the booths to ask questions, and small children were eager to meet the firemen and police officers, getting colouring books as a memento from the day.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca