By Hilary Caton
The St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Mental Health Emergency Services Unit, and the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) meal program are each the recipients of a $50,000 donation.
“The Boulevard Club’s generous $50,000 donation will cover over a third of the entire cost of running PARC’s meal program in the coming year,” said Kathy Allan, PARC’s director of resource development.
“In the past five years, PARC’s food programs have really changed. Our kitchen is no longer a food program, it is a meal program, and an employment program, and the core of PARC’s now diverse food programming that focuses on reversing the injustices of poverty and increasing food security for everyone in the neighbourhood and across the city.”
The sold-out event on Nov. 18 was the seventh annual fundraiser hosted by the club based on Lake Shore Boulevard. The evening had award-winning comedian Simon Cotter, silk aerobatic performers and an auction. This is the fifth year the club has donated to PARC and the second year St. Joe’s has been a recipient.
“It’s wonderful that it’s our neighbours coming to together to help out. We think it’s a terrific partnership and we’re all really grateful for everything they’ve done,” said Maria Dyck, president of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.
“We’re so appreciative that the Boulevard Club did this.”
This is the second year St. Joe’s has been a co-beneficiary of the annual gala. The $50,000 donation to the foundation will help improve its mental health emergency services unit, Dyck said.
“We deliver great care in the area, but the space is something we need to improve upon. So the Boulevard Club’s support is helping us improve that space,” Dyck said.
The goal is to renovate the space into a calming environment that helps de-escalate anxiety and increase privacy with separate sections for children, teens, and adults.
“The environment in which you’re receiving care speaks volumes,” Dyck added. “We’re just so grateful the Boulevard Club is helping us do that.”
The article is taken from InsideToronto.com