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The little bank with a big heart


With money raised through staff dress down days, First Ontario Credit Union in Simcoe recently donated toys, gift cards for food and clothing to The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk.

The donations are the result of a CAS family sponsorship program that staff at First Ontario has been supporting for “five years now,” advised Brenda Bruley from the Credit Union.

The Simcoe branch of the First Ontario Credit Union has also been supporting the caring Cupboard through a local food drive which runs into the beginning of January 2010. While gifts such as toys are wonderful for children at Christmas, many parents struggle to feed their children and themselves. Please visit the branch, located at 107 Queensway East in Simcoe to donate food to families in need.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wish to express our gratitude to First Ontario Credit Union for their ongoing support of children and families in our communities.

Norfolk OPP adopt CAS families

The Norfolk County detachment of the OPP, once again joined the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk to sponsor needy families and children this past holiday season.

On Monday December 22nd, 2008 the Norfolk County OPP presented gifts and food donations to Haldimand and Norfolk Children’s Aid Society to hand to sponsored families. The donations were collected and donated by police officers and their families.

For the past several years the Norfolk County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have donated gifts to children and families in need, involved with the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk. Mark Foster from Norfolk OPP reported that, “every child should be able to open a gift on Christmas morning.” Through the generous donations of the O.P.P. many children and families were able to have a special Christmas in 2008.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk extends our gratitude and appreciation for Norfolk O.P.P.’s contributions and dedication to children and families in our community, not only at Christmas but all year round.


Protecting the rights of children in Ontario during a sluggish economy


 This from the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies:

TORONTO – Today (November 20th), on National Child Day, the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) and its member agencies remind Ontarians to make our most vulnerable children and families a priority.

Many children and youth are denied the basics of a safe home, adequate food and clothing, necessary community supports and opportunities to develop.

  1. 40% of food bank clients in Ontario are children.
  2. One in six children in Ontario live in poverty.
  3. Over the past year, more than 77,000 allegations of abuse and neglect were investigated by Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CASs). More than 27,000 children were in CAS care.
  4. Almost 40% of women assaulted by spouses said their children witnessed the violence; in many cases the violence was severe.
  5. One-third of children seeking mental health services in 2007 were still waiting at the end of the year.

“Today, we recognize the rights of all children to be protected. Despite the current economic environment, we must remain committed to securing a prosperous future for our children,” said Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, OACAS.

Children’s Aid Societies support families when parents cannot provide proper care, housing and nutrition for a child. CASs must respond when a downturn in the economy affects children and families. Job loss, family stress, poverty and depression are among the causes of child abuse and neglect. Community social service programs and initiatives designed to support families coping with these stresses need to be sustained, especially during a slowing economy.

“When families face increasing hardships like unemployment, extreme financial need and housing crises, the programs and services they rely on must be available to support them,” added Lewis. “As Canadians, we all promised to protect children from harm and ensure their safety. It is time we kept our promise to our most vulnerable citizens.”

For more information, visit www.oacas.org or contact the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-888-CAS-KIDS.


Volunteers provide a vital link between us and the communities we serve, which is fundamental when working to protect children and youth.  Our volunteers play an important role by sharing their time and talents to enrich the lives of our children, youth and families.

You can contribute to a wide range of services, which include:

▪ driving children to appointments, supervised visits with their families and other scheduled meetings

▪ assisting with and attending special events hosted by the agency

▪ assisting with administrative tasks

▪ acting as a special friend, mentor and/or tutor for a child or youth

As a volunteer, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have truly improved the life of a child or youth. You will also receive:

▪ reimbursement for mileage incurred and out-of-pocket expenses

▪ orientation and training regarding the programs and services offered by the Society

▪ ongoing support in your volunteer role

▪ flexible hours and time commitment

▪ the opportunity to make new friends

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at (519) 587-5437 or 1-888-CAS-KIDS extension 298.


Board members are concerned community members, age 18 or over who live or work in the counties of Haldimand or Norfolk, and who support the Society mission, vision and values.  The board, in conjunction with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, determines policy.  The board selects its Local Director; initiates and/or approves programs and services; is responsible for funds, both statutory and private; and exercises the power and authority vested in it by the CFSA and Corporations Act.

Please call the Society for more information about joining the Board of Directors and contact the Executive Assistant at (519) 587-5437 or 1-888-227-5437, ext. 235.

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