Celebrating Community Giving at Our Annual Donor Appreciation Event

On Tuesday, Nov 10, EveryMind hosted our annual Donor Appreciation Event virtually to thank donors for their generous support over the year.

Welcoming attendees, Chief Executive Officer Ceri Harnden said, “Just as we had to pivot in many other ways, we too had to adapt in how we celebrate tonight for our Donor Appreciation Event. We are so pleased to see so many you on screen this evening and we look forward to the day of celebrating again in person, over delicious food and in good company!”

Kicking off the celebration, Board President Nainesh Kotak said,” On behalf of the Board, staff, young people, and families, thank you for joining us today. Today is the day we publicly acknowledge and celebrate YOU – our donors. Without your commitment in supporting our work we would not be able to provide the help and hope needed for infants, children, youth, and families experiencing mental health challenges in the Region of Peel.”

Erika Roldan, a monthly donor to EveryMind, read a few short passages from her book “Speak Up”, a collection of creative non-fiction prose that details her mental health journey.

Alectra Utilities, Augsburg Lutheran Church, Community Foundation of Mississauga, Greater Toronto Airport Authority, King Masonry Yard, Knights of Columbus, Mississauga Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund, Scotiabank, Shop with Purpose and Spectrum Health Care Foundation were among the donors felicitated by EveryMind’s board and senior leadership team.

A special mention was made of Bell Canada, the Fyfe Foundation, TD Bank and other donors whose contributions were critical to our services to clients aged 18 to 25. Despite funding for child and youth mental health services being capped at a youth’s 18th birthday, EveryMind saw a gap and need for continuous care for youth and extended our services in April 2020. Our services to this segment are completely funded by donors and we are grateful for their commitment to this vastly underserved sector.

Speaking of his organisation’s long-standing support of EveryMind’s services, CEO of The Community Foundation of Mississauga Glenn Gumulka said, “The Community Foundation of Mississauga has been a very proud partner to EveryMind since 2010, providing over $380,000 in support.  We all have a role in promoting quality mental health care and the work EveryMind continues to do with children, youth and families is essential to the health and well-being of the Mississauga community.  Thank you to all the EveryMind staff for your kindness, compassion and understanding.”

At EveryMind, we are passionate about the mental health and well-being of every infant, child, youth and young adult in Peel. With a Mission to inspire hope by leading in the delivery of high-quality mental health services and a Vision of caring communities working together for children, youth and families, the vulnerable populations we serve always remain our priority. EveryMind is grateful to all our donors who help make our mission and vision a reality.