Blue Mountain employees donate $96,000 to Collingwood hospital

Employees of Blue Mountain Resort presented the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation (CGMHF) with a $96,000 contribution on June 27 that included cash and “in kind” donations.

Blue Mountain Resort has designated CGMHF their charity of choice and staff take part in events and programs that raise money in support of the hospital.

“No matter what you do to stay active, everyone benefits from the services at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital,” says Tara Lovell, Manager, Public Relations for Blue Mountain Resort. “We are happy to support a community cause that our team not only benefits from but rallies behind.”

For the fourth year in a row, Blue Mountain Resort donated 500 Active Packs to CGMHF to sell to local families. This is one of the most popular springtime programs designed for families to enjoy the wide range of activities available at the resort for one low price.

“This year, the much anticipated passes sold out in record breaking time,” said Jory Pritchard-Kerr, Executive Director of the hospital.

Every penny of the $50 sale price goes directly to CGMHF to help fund medical equipment used to care for the community, and the program spreads valuable awareness about the hospital in the community.

Other Blue Mountain Resort initiatives in support of CGMHF include an annual donation from the Memory Lane Memorial Park and donations from staff events, which are matched by the resort leadership annually.

In addition, the resort  gives $15,000 annually as a pledge to the CGMHF New Age of Care Campaign.

The Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation would like extend a sincere thank you to Blue Mountain Resort leadership and employees for their growing support and charitable vision.

Youth mental health walk-in clinic opens in Midland

A child and youth mental health walk-in clinic is now open in Midland.

The clinic will run every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County (CFSSC) location at 845 King St.

The free service will be offered by CFSSC in collaboration with New Path Youth and Family Services.

“Walk-in clinics are effective, leading edge services that will help ensure all children, youth and their families have timely access to the mental health supports they need,” said Glen Newby, CEO of New Path.

The Midland clinic will provide free, single-session mental health counselling for children and youth up to the age of 18 and their families. If additional supports and services are needed, clients will be referred to other short and long-term child and youth mental health supports in the community.

This pilot project is taking place from now until the end of December.

“This project is in response to overwhelming demand for timely child and youth mental health services in Midland,” said Lisa Hickling-Miller, a New Path manager. “We firmly believe that children, youth and their families need timely access to care in their own communities.”

New Path is also offering walk-in services in Alliston, Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood and Orillia.