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Caledonia Brothers Demonstrate the Gift of Giving


“We felt that older teens were often neglected at Christmas”

With the help of their parents, Jake (11) and Andrew (5) Poirier wanted to make a difference in their community. The two brothers presented The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk with a package of gift cards to be given to teens in care of the Society during the Child and Youth Christmas Party on November 29, 2009.

The brothers were able to purchase gift cards with savings from their allowances and support from their parents.

“We felt that older teens were often neglected at Christmas but are the ones that need the most help. It was a decision made by the entire family,” the children’s mother reported.

The Poirier family, who reside in Caledonia, have a history of helping others in the community through their support of local food drives and the Living Rock outreach programs.

The Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk wish to extend our gratitude and thanks to the Poirier family for helping children and youth at Christmas. If you wish to help children and youth in care of the Society, please call 1-888-227-5437 or (519) 587-5437, locally.

Crown Wards Get More Help At School



Ontario is helping Crown Wards succeed at college and university. Three new Education Championship Teams will offer mentorship, peer support, motivation and guidance in three Ontario communities. Teams include volunteers from local school boards, Children’s Aid Societies, post secondary institutions, community agencies, Employment Ontario and provincial ministries.

In their first year of operation, four Championship Teams helped approximately 350 students. The government’s investment increases the number of teams helping Crown Wards to seven. Crown Wards who pursue post secondary education and training may also receive financial aid through tuition grants, reimbursement of university/college entrance application fees, and certain exemptions from Ontario Student Assistance Program income assessments.

Support for Crown Wards is also a component of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy which will reduce the number of children living in poverty by 25 per cent over 5years – lifting 90,000 kids out of poverty – by boosting benefits forlow-income families and enhancing publicly-funded education.

Christmas Wishes


On November 17, 2008, the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk kicks off it’s Christmas Wishes campaign with the assistance and support of CD 98.9 FM and Aitken Motors in Simcoe. Embrace the spirit of Christmas by helping a child in your community this year.

Here’s how you can help:

During the months of November and December, listen to CD 98.9, who will be announcing the Christmas wishes of disadvantaged children from Haldimand and Norfolk. If you are interested in pledging a gift you heard about on air, contact the station.

It has been recommended that gift donations do not exceed $50.00. Gifts can be dropped off at Aitken Motors at 51 Queensway East, Simcoe, Ontario.

Since the beginning of the Christmas Wishes program, the Children’s Society of Haldimand and Norfolk and it’s partners, CD 98.9 and Aitken Motors have made the Christmas wishes of over 200 children come true each year in Haldimand and Norfolk counties. 

We would like to thank the genorosity of all those that have helped in the past and encourage you to help a child and family experience a happy holiday this year.

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