Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, (FCSSGW) is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a recipient of the Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction for 2016.
With these awards, the Ontario government acknowledges the important services and supports that dedicated individuals and organizations in Ontario communities provide to victims of crime.
FCSSGW’s Peaceful Alternatives for Male Youth at Risk is a specialized community based education/counselling program for male youth who have been referred by community partners such as schools, the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, and Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County.
The objective is to teach healthy, appropriate strategies for managing stress and resolving conflict to youth who are at high-risk of using violence and abuse. FCSSGW was fortunate to receive one-time funding from the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) to pilot this program.
“FCSSGW offers a broad range of high quality programs and services. The agency’s staff is innovative and continually working with the community to facilitate best outcomes with available funding,” stated Sandra Ellis, President of the Board of Directors.
The awards will be given out at Queen’s Park on June 2 during Victim and Survivors of Crime Week. This year, the theme is The Power of Our Voices.
It is the Attorney General’s hope that we can continue to use the power of our voices to create positive change and a better experience for victims of crime. Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is held to raise awareness about issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs, and laws in place to help them and their families.
Ellis, and Executive Director, Joanne Young Evans, will be in the Legislature to personally receive the award from the Attorney General, Madelaine Meilleur. Fifteen awards will be given out, from the multitude of submissions, and we thrilled to have our program honoured with this prestigious award.