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Wednesday August 15th, 2012 – Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Centre Last year’s Kinark Golf Classic raised an incredible $78,000! Thank you to our past participants, sponsors and volunteers for your support. Funds raised were used to send families from our Autism program to our Kinark Outdoor Centre for a weekend of family respite.

Help support children’s mental health programs. To make a donation to Kinark Foundation, please complete this form and send it back to Kinark Foundation OR Call 905-944-7086 and we’ll be happy to take your donation over the telephone. OR Donate online at and click on the Donate Now button to make a secure online donation and receive your income tax receipt immediately.

We have made some exciting changes to this year’s event including a new location and earlier start time. The new location, Deer Creek Golf Course is situated on expansive gardens, ponds and Carruther’s Creek, this course is known for its challenging, enjoyable and pristine holes.

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Enjoy a fun day of great golf, networking, cocktails and scrumptious meals at Deer Creek. At the same time, make it possible for Kinark Foundation to continue supporting programs, treatment and research for children’s mental health. For more information, please contact Cheri Smith, Annual Giving Manager at or call 905-944-7086.


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More than 300,000 young people have more than one disorder.

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I am proud to have held the office of President for six months and am honored to be working with such a dedicated Board of Directors. The Kinark Foundation’s past few months have been marked by significant progress including the hiring of Cheri Smith who accepted the position of Annual Giving Manager, and the completion of our first ever strategic plan. Our strategic plan identifies four main goals which will drive us through the next three years and ensure that we are successful in achieving our mission to improve the future for vulnerable children, youth and their families.

Our four strategic goals are; • To become fundraising leaders in Ontario in support of children’s mental health • To increase revenue, build on our donor base and diversify our fundraising strategies • To become a larger, more effective and influential Board • To ensure a productive and meaningful alignment between Kinark Foundation & Kinark Child and Family Services. Through a set of ambitious strategies and objectives we will work to further develop our existing relationships and continue to establish new partnerships in order to realize our goals. We are excited about the future of the Foundation and are confident that with the support of the community we will continue to support children’s

mental health initiatives with impact. We hope that we can count on your support. Please enjoy our first edition of the Kinark Foundation newsletter; I hope that you find it enlightening and informative and that you will consider supporting the Kinark Foundation so that we can continue to provide hope and help to families that need it. Regards,

It is estimated that only 1 out of 6 Canadian children and youth who need mental health services receive professional help.




1 out of every 5 Canadian children and youth – approximately 500,000 in Ontario – has a mental health problem that affects the way they think, feel and act.

Home away from home Until the age of eighteen months, Lukas was developing just like any other child. He was making eye contact, playing with toys and saying “mum”. But then everything changed and Lukas stopped talking, he no longer made eye contact and the only kind of play he did was by himself, lining up toys one by one. Now at five years old, after intense speech therapy, applied behavioral analysis therapy and occupational therapy, Lucas is making progress. “He is now able to communicate with words and sentences, starting to recognize how to play and socialize with other children and his eye contact and social skills have increased,” says Lukas’ mother Jaime. When Kinark offered Jaime and her family the opportunity to attend the Autism Family Respite Program for a weekend at the Kinark Outdoor Centre, they were thrilled. “The weekend away was exactly what we needed. Lukas was introduced to things he had never

had the opportunity to do like kayaking and rock wall climbing. He loves being there. We felt welcome and safe in an environment that was designed for children with Lukas’ needs.” Says Jaime. Parenting a child with Autism can be very demanding. From resources and treatment funding to a lack of available supports, anxiety and frustration, the stresses placed on families are overwhelming. The Autism Family Respite Program gives families the support and respite they need. Lukas is currently on the wait list for intensive behavioral intervention (IBI) a treatment designed to develop and change behaviour for children with Autism which will help Lucas continue to develop and live a happy, healthy life. The family has since attended the Kinark Outdoor Camp three times and is grateful for the opportunity.



York treatment residences get a facelift

Peterborough friends of Kinark

Two Kinark Child and Family Service treatment homes in York Region are grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of AkzoNobel’s Adding Colour to People’s Lives initiative. For many of the dedicated Kinark staff that work at these residences, their top priority is to provide residents with help and support and understandably, the colour of the paint on the walls doesn’t often make the list of what’s important in their jobs. But, for the children and youth who call these residences home, a fresh coat of paint on the tired walls of their bedroom can increase not only their sense of home, but also give them a space different from the others

that they can truly call their own.

they were helping, Kinark gave a brief presentation outlining the type of work the agency does, and what the residences mean to both staff and residents. Painting crews worked diligently and had both residences painted with two coats, from top to bottom, cleaned up and presented to Kinark staff and residents by 3 p.m. “What struck me most was their generosity and enthusiasm in doing this for us. They asked about our needs and wants and even did a special project in the basement recreation area at one of the houses,” said Stephanie Marsden, Administration, Barrie. “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation; it has had a big impact on the lives of the children that live in these two homes.”

“It was a very generous undertaking that saved us a lot of money. Our houses were due for painting and it’s a great feeling to have a feeling of freshness again,” said Robert Hutchinson, Operations Manager, Barrie. “Bedrooms were painted different colours and the kids enjoyed that individuality. Staff were able to participate in the selection of colours. We haven’t looked this good in years!” AkzoNobel donated the paint, paint brushes and rollers, a colour choice team, puddy to prepare the walls and the man power to completely paint both locations from top to bottom. The details of the event and who was receiving the donation was kept secret from the AkzoNobel painting team until the day of the event. To give the painting teams an idea of whom


What is Autism Family Respite? The Kinark Outdoor Centre (KOC) is a program of Kinark Child and Family Services that develops and implements Therapeutic Recreation, Outdoor Education, and Social Growth experiences for groups such as children with autism and their families, children with social, emotional and behavioural challenges, elementary school classes and adolescents in the youth justice system. One specific program offered through KOC is the Autism Family Respite Program. Families who have a child with autism often experience ongoing stress. Because of the additional care required by a child with autism, families identify respite as a basic need, with the

need increasing as the child gets older. The Kinark Outdoor Centre has developed a unique model that supports identified children, siblings and parents in a safe and welcoming camp environment. The Autism Family Respite Program provides families with the following... • S  upported experiences providing contact with nature and outdoor recreation have been clinically demonstrated to prevent metal ill-health • Respite has been clinically demonstrated to reduce family stress, support family stability and minimize the need for out of home placements

Suicide is the leading cause of non-accidental deaths among 10-19 year olds. Mental illness is the strongest risk factor for youth suicide.

• A focused environment for guiding and providing transitional skills to parents • An opportunity for parents of children with autism to share, network, and develop a support network • A structured and controlled ‘community’ setting experienced in supporting families with special needs This is one of the many programs offered by Kinark Child and Family Services that the Kinark Foundation is pleased to support. Funds donated by individuals, companies, organizations and through the Kinark Golf Classic are used to assist families to attend the respite program.

Made up of fourteen active and well respected community members, Kinark-Peterborough has had much success in establishing an Advisory Committee, entitled Friends of Kinark. This group has worked hard for over 10 years to promote Kinark Child and Family Services throughout the Peterborough area, and assist in securing fundraising dollars. The group has also generated funds to assist families to send their child to camp, established a Special Needs Client Contingency Fund and a number of other special initiatives for Kinark Child and Family Services and the Kinark Foundation. We are grateful to the Friends of Kinark and would like to recognize them for their outstanding contribution. D’Arcy Van Nest Elizabeth Teleki Kate Ramsay Ted Hunter Dick Risk Gail Morrison Kieran Andrews

Yves Lafortune Don Bocking Goodith Heeny Mary Thomas Dr. Iain Jamieson Isabel Henninger Paul Wilson


The Kinark Foundation is governed by a committed and passionate volunteer Board of Directors. For 2011-2012, the Directors are: Cyndy De Giusti, President Tom Schmidt Bill Clarke Sherry Mosko Paul Hamilton Dale Biddell Arthur Mitchell Karim Ramji

Kinark Foundation newsletter - summer 2012  

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