MISSISSAUGA, November 9, 2012 – At the Mississauga Board of Trade Business Awards of Excellence celebration last evening at the Mississauga Convention Centre, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development received the 2012 Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year Award. The award recognizes a not-for-profit organization that significantly contributes to quality of life in Mississauga.
“No parent expects to have a child with a disability, but when they do, ErinoakKids is there to walk alongside and support them in the journey,” said President and CEO Bridget Fewtrell. “This important award raises awareness of ErinoakKids and the children and youth we serve. Despite great shifts in attitudes, achieving full inclusion in our community often remains challenging for children and youth with disabilities. These are kids with incredible potential. Success comes in many shapes and forms, and the children we serve are a testament to that.”
The award was sponsored by KPMG Enterprise and presented by Paul Woolford, Partner, KPMG Enterprise.
“Receiving the Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year award from the Mississauga Board of Trade comes at a critical time in the history of ErionoakKids,” added Board Chair Steve Bishop at the award ceremony. “To fulfill our commitment to children and youth with disabilities, we have, with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, just embarked on a redevelopment project to build three new treatment centres, including one in Mississauga. Our vision is to create nurturing, purpose-built spaces that will enhance our effectiveness and enable us to serve more children and youth.”
About ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving more than 12,500 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, and communication disorders as well as children who are deaf or blind. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. Serving Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services, Waterloo and Wellington — ErinoakKids has 650 staff and nine sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. In 2011 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services approved a redevelopment project to enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current facilities into three larger sites which will be ideally situated for easy access within our catchment area, and designed specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs. The new facilities are expected to open in 2017. For more information about ErinoakKids please visit www.ErinoakKids.ca
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ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
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