La Traversée, St-Lambert (Québec)

La Traversée is a non-profit organization working with victims of sexual assault, as rape and incest, of all ages, through psychological treatments. It also has developed activities helping to prevent violence, specifically sexual violence.


Amount : $25,000

Project : La Traversée has initiated Violence Prevention and Philosophy for Children program, focusing on grade school children. The program caters to children from ages 5 to 11 years old and is being implemented in many schools of the Marie Victorin School Board.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Catherine Audrain, Founder and General Director, La Traversée, Geneviève Fortier, Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Six Sigma


Nexus Youth Services, Mississauga, Onatrio

A community agency offering mental health treatment and outreach services to marginalized youth.


Amount : $11,000

Project : To replace heavily worn furnishings and outdated computer equipment at its Square One Youth Centre, which offers resources, counselling and activities for at-risk youth.

Presenting the check from left to right: Simon Clare, Six Sigma Blackbelt, McKesson Canada; Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant, McKesson Canada; Chelsea Takalo, Program Support Worker, Nexus; Sherrese Bleary, Community Youth Counsellor, Nexus, and Yasmin Loewe, Clinical Supervisor, Nexus.


ROOF, Kitchener (Ontario)

Un service de la région de Waterloo qui s'engage à fournir un service de sécurité, de soutien et de bien-être aux jeunes sans-abri ou à risque.


Amount : 14 000 $

Project : Remplacement du matériel informatique désuet et remplacement du vieux mobilier de la halte des jeunes.


Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Hostel (O/A Macdonald Youth Services) (MYS), Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Macdonald Youth Services' (MYS) mission is to foster hope and opportunities to empower children, youth and families throughout Manitoba to grow and heal through safe, caring, respectful and collaborative relationships while offering a crisis line and youth emergency shelter.


Amount : $17,000

Project : Purchase new computer systems to assist with the intake of client calls and the recordkeeping of clients accessing their Youth Emergency Crisis Stabilization System (YECSS), considering intake line receives more than 4,000 calls.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Kelly Schettler, Coordinator, YECSS, Erma Chapman, Executive Director, MYS, Larry Baydak, Inventory Control Clerk, Winnipeg DC, McKesson Canada, Shelley Rojeski, Distribution Centre Manager, Winnipeg, McKesson Canada


Starlight Children's Foundation Canada, Dorval (Québec)

Starlight Children's Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families. Working with more than 800 hospitals worldwide, the foundation provides many in-hospital and outpatient programs and services.


Amount : $15,000

Project : Offer Fun Centers, a mobile entertainment unit which can be rolled next to a hospitalized child's bedside. Created for its durability the entertainment unit's compact and safe casing contains a flat screen monitor, a DVD player and a Nintendo Wii console.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Marco Della Rocca, Vice President, Games for Hope, Starlight Children's Foundation, Nicktarios Kritikos, President, Games for Hope, Starlight Children's Foundation, George Kolokotronis, Manager, Financial Analysis, McKesson Canada, Betty Crisante, Secretary, Games for Hope, Starlight Children's Foundation, Carmen Djemalian, Director of Operations, Starlight Children's Foundation, Danièle Dufour, Director Corporate Communications, McKesson Canada, Véronique Pigeon, Administrative Assistant, Corporate Communications, McKesson Canada


Sun Youth Organization Inc., Montréal (Québec)

Sun Youth Organization's mission is to provide the foremost in personal service and implement programs, helping the disadvantaged. It is suited to help improve the prevailing situation of the clientele, through education, awareness, and assistance.


Amount : $20,660

Project : Offer an after-school tutoring program where young athletes gather to receive a snack, and do their homework together before their practices.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Ernest Rosa, Director of Sports & Recreation, Sun Youth, Bryan Vajda, Driver, McKesson Canada


West Island Palliative Care Residence, Kirkland (Québec)

The West Island Palliative Care Residence provides active and compassionate care in order to comfort and support terminally ill patients and their loved ones, while continuing as a leader in palliative care within Quebec and Canada.


Amount : $25,000

Project : Support children and youth with grief following the death of a parent, family member or any significant other.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Teresa Dellar, Executive Director, West Island Palliative Care Residence, Dale Weil, Senior Vice President, Integrated Healthcare Solutions and Pharmaceutical Solutions, McKesson Canada


Young Women's Christian Association of Calgary (YWCA of Calgary), Calgary (Alberta)

The YWCA of Calgary's mission is to offer programs and services for women and their families, providing them with skills, abilities and opportunities to contribute to and to benefit from healthy communities.


Amount : $25,000

Project : Purchase supplies for the therapy and recreation programs for children and adolescents who have been exposed to serious loss and pain such as family crisis, neglect and domestic violence.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Violeta Eusebio, Executive Assistant to Vice President & General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada, Allan Rosales, Manager, High Conflict Custody Parenting, Rhonda Kent, Manager, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Services (CEDVS), Allan Desjardins, Supervisor, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Services, Brent Teulon, Vice President & General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada, Pauline Dullet, Child Counsellor, Sheriff King Home Shelter, Davina Reiner, Case Manager/Child Therapist, Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Services, Amanda Pitre, Child Support Counsellor, Sheriff King Home Shelter


Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, Calgary (Alberta)

Serving Albertans since 1976, the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta has a mission to enrich and support the lives of individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The organization provides services such as family support, recreational programs, education and employment counselling, therapy, assistive technology, and advocacy.


Amount : $25,000

Project : The Youth Transitions Program aims to provide support to Edmonton area youth with disabilities as they prepare to transition into adulthood and independent living. The Youth Transitions Program will offer a unique and multi-faceted approach designed to address the issues confronting youth and their families, and will empower young people with disabilities to reach their potential for healthy, full, and fulfilling lives.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Violeta Eusebio, Executive Assistant to Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada; Joanne Dorn, Director of Development, CPAA; Mezaun Evin, Associate Executive Director, CPAA; Janice Bushfield, Executive Director, CPAA; Brent Teulon, Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada


McKesson Foundation's 2005 Regional Grants Recipients

  • Crossroads for Women Inc. ($20,000) – New-Brunswick
  • EvenStart for Children's Society ($25,000) – Alberta
  • Pathways for Children, Youth & Families ($14,000) – Ontario
  • Peter Pan Club ($16,000) – Manitoba
  • Share the Warmth Foundation ($20,000) – Quebec
  • YWCA Mary Dover House ($25,000) – Alberta


Big Brothers Big Sisters of York, Aurora (Ontario)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York's mission is to improve the lives of children and youth in York Region and Bradford West Gwillimbury by engaging them in mentoring programs to increase their self-esteem, to teach them new skills, to develop positive behaviours, and to set goals for the future.


Amount : $12,000

Project : Furnish the Training and Activity Room to hold agency activities, such as Information and Safety Training Sessions, for both on-site children and volunteers, and storage facility for clients' files, supplies and equipment.


Bordeaux-Cartierville Youth Centre, Montréal (Québec)

The Youth Centre is a resource developed by young people and people of the district to offer adolescents a lively place of meeting accessible and available for all. The centre provides young people with the opportunity to share their experience and offers educational support in concert with school.


Amount : $15,000

Project : Purchase computer equipment and software to offer help young people with their homework.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Freida Low-Ken and Saul Nieto from BC Youth Center, François Lalonde, Manager, Information & Technology, East & Atlantic - McKesson Canada, Luc Chulak, General Director - BC Youth Center, Michel Destroismaisons, Development Agent - Ville de Montréal, and from BC Youth Center, Mona Laflamme, Vice-President, Josée Hébert, President, and Karim Drissi.


Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Ottawa (Ontario)

The Youth Services Bureau serves youth aged 12 and older with difficulties affecting their physical or emotional well-being and development by making positive health and lifestyle decisions.


Amount : $25,000

Project : An after school mathematics and literacy program assisting grades 6 to 8 students in basic mathematical and grammatical skills, numeracy and literacy workshops (material to equip the room).

Cheque presentation (left to right): From McKesson Canada, Kanti Mapara, Manager, Distribution Centre, presenting the grant to the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.


Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc., Winnipeg (Manitoba)

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Its mission is to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children; educate the public on child personal safety and sexual exploitation; assist in the location of missing children; and advocate for and increase awareness about issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children.


Amount : $25,000

Project : Kids in the Know is an interactive safety education program for schools designed for children and youth from Kindergarten to High School. The purpose of the program is to reduce child/youth victimization by teaching effective personal safety strategies. The program is available immediately in both official languages for implementation by teachers in Kindergarten to grade 9. The intent is to extend the program's reach of the program to schools in Saskatchewan school districts.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Larry Baydak, Inventory Control Coordinator, McKesson Canada; Noni Classen, Director of Education, Canadian Centre for Child Protection; Shelley Rojeski, Distribution Centre Manager, McKesson Canada


West Island Cancer Wellness Centre, Beaconsfield (Québec)

The West Island Cancer Wellness Centre (WICWC) is a registered charity dedicated to improving a person's health and well-being by providing complimentary programs and services created to address the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of those living with cancer. 


Amount : $12,000

Project : Written and illustrated by two teenage girls who have had personal experiences with cancer, and edited by a psychologist, "A Little Book About Cancer" is a workbook to help children deal with cancer and help adults to better communicate the topic of cancer with children.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Debbie Magwood, Med, OPQ, Founder and Executive Director; George Attar, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Information Officer McKesson Canada


Montreal Fluency Centre

The Montreal Fluency Centre is the only non-profit bilingual centre in Quebec specializing in the assessment and treatment of children with communication disorders and language-based learning difficulties.


Amount : $22,000

Project : Equip a learning laboratory with specialized computer technology to facilitate learning among children with communication disorders and language-based learning difficulties.


Children's Cottage Society of Calgary, Calgary (Alberta)

Children's Cottage Society of Calgary is a charity organization whose mission is to prevent harm and neglect to all children and strengthen families that are going through crisis, offering them respite and support services. Their vision can be summed as "safe children in healthy families".


Amount : $16,000

Project : Offer a Crisis Nursery as a short term emergency shelter for children 0 to 8 years old so that it will help parents experiencing a crisis.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Carrie Kerr, Supervisor, Crisis Nursery, Children's Cottage Society of Calgary, Patty Kilgallon, Executive Director, Children's Cottage Society of Calgary, Brent Teulon, Vice President & General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada, Violeta Eusebio, Executive Assistant to Vice President & General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada


Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, Winnipeg (Manitoba)

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg aims to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. 


Amount : $10,000

Project : The Girls Night Out program is a free, girls-only program that introduces girls to physical recreation activities in a supportive environment. The project seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of regular physical activity and good eating habits, and encourages girls to take personal responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Michelle Schmidt, Director of Programs, Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg; Shelley Rojeski, Distribution Centre Manager, McKesson Canada; Karen Dueck, Assistant Director of Programs, Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg


Shediac Public Library Board, Shediac (New Brunswick)

The Shediac Public Library Board's mandate is to promote and raise funds for the library, accept and administer donations, propose ideas and work with library staff to develop programs and collections of special interest in order to support literacy.


Amount : $5,000

Project : Through the Wellness Book Project, the library will acquire age-appropriate books in French and English that will encourage children and teens to accept themselves and others, and help them increase their coping skills when facing life challenges such as grief, illness, bullying and divorce.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Heather MacInnes, Distribution Centre Manager, McKesson Canada; Gabrielle LeBlanc, Library Manager and Yolande Thivierge, Vice-President Shediac Public Library; Richard Brennan, Regional Vice President, Atlantic, McKesson Canada; Anita Léger-MacDonald, Treasurer, Shediac Public Library; Richard Peterson, Director of Operations, Atlantic; Michel Belliveau, Stock Picker, McKesson Canada, and library volunteer; Rhéal Richard, Key Account Co-ordinator, McKesson Canada; Evelyn Chapman, Administrative Assistant, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Solutions, McKesson Canada


Created 4 Me early learning Center Inc., East St. Paul (Manitoba)

Created4Me Early Learning Centre was founded in 1974 by experienced teachers and enthusiastic parents who believed that offering a quality educational experience was their primary goal. In this child-centred approach to learning, children work side by side on activities they choose, developing social skills, self-confidence, concentration, and a love of learning.


Amount : $6,000

Project : Purchasing the material required to create a computer programs aiming at offering a stimulating environment, while fostering creativity, developing exploration capacity, and enhancing the children's learning experience.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Tamara Herselman, Executive Director, Created 4 Me Early Learning Center Inc.; Larry Baydak, Inventory Control Coordinator, McKesson Canada


Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre, Toronto (Ontario)

Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) provides a range of clinical and community support services in the West Toronto neighbourhood.


Amount : $8,200

Project : The project consists of enhancing the Ready for School Connects (RfSC), a school readiness model for newcomer families in Canada. This program supports newcomer families in Toronto in their children's transition to school. It includes an intensive school readiness program for newcomer children, a parent workshop series, Healthy Child Screening and follow-ups when children begin school.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Jeff Faria, Vice President, National Operations, McKesson Canada; Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager, Ontario Marketplace, McKesson Canada; Wendy Lancashire, Director Community Support Services, DPNCHC


Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society, Calgary (Alberta)

Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society provides quality integrated residential and community programming for women and children fleeing domestic violence.


Amount : $15,000

Project : Replace the windows in the playroom where children and youth are provided with therapy and counseling.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Brent Teulon - Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada - McKesson Canada; Brigitte Baradoy - Executive Director of Discovery House; Marla Ferg - Manager, Community Relations; Discovery House, Violet Eusebio, Executive Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager, Western Region - McKesson Canada.


EvenStart for Children Foundation of Calgary, Calgary (Alberta)

The primary goal of the EvenStart program is to intervene in the lives of disadvantaged children and families in order to build resiliency and improve the child's chances of succeeding in life.


Amount : $24,675

Project : Purchase of seat restraint safety systems (5 point harnesses) for school bus transportation to prevent injuries.

Cheque presentation (left to right): From SOS; Mark Snyder, Clinical Psychologist; Kait Mulyk, EvenStart Program and Site Manager; Brianna Parkhill, General Manager; and from McKesson Canada; Brent Teulon - Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada and Violet Eusebio, Executive Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager, Western Region.


Family Adolescent Straight Talk (FAST), Oakville (Ontario)

FAST is an outpatient treatment centre providing support and services to adolescents and their families in crisis from the devastating effects of substance abuse, behavioural issues, and legal or family problems.


Amount : $14,484

Project : Supporting at-risk youth schoolwork during suspension periods through equipment such as laptops, softwares, books, videos, and workbooks.


Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver (British Columbia)

Family Services is a long standing and innovative non-profit agency that provides a range of programs to people who live in the Metro Vancouver area. Since 1928, the organization has been dedicated to strengthening people, families and communities. The programs and services include family counseling, youth services, community education and development, children/youth special needs support, employment services, adoption services and employee assistance.


Amount : $7,500

Project : Family Services provides a no-cost counseling service for children and youth ages 9-12 who have been exposed to or have experienced sexual abuse in Metro Vancouver. This program provides counselling services using a variety of modalities including: expressive therapies (art and sand-tray and movement) and play therapy, with the goal of interrupting the cycle of violence.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Annie White, Executive Assistant to CEO, Family Services; Bryan Cuming, Director, Operations, Western Marketplace, McKesson Canada; Caroline Bonesky, CEO, Family Services; Leslie Louie, Corporate Foundation Giving Manager, Family Services


CSDM Foundation for Evangeline School, Montréal, Québec

The CSDM Foundation for Evangeline School's mission is to enhance the living quality of the autistic and communication disabled children who attend the school throughout specialized educational programs.


Amount : $20,000

Project : Facilitate learning among children with communication disorders and autistic children by offering classrooms with specialized computer technology.


Peter Hall School Foundation, Montreal (Quebec)

The Peter Hall School Foundation exists from and for Peter Hall School. The Foundation was founded in 2000, and its mission consists in augmenting the work undertaken and carried out by the school as well as to consolidate its financial structure.


Amount : $25,000

Project : As students with intellectual disabilities are more sedentary, a new equipment will help them take advantage of a minimum of physical training. Those students can only participate in this physical activity at school, as a result, they can better channel some excess energy and thus return to class with better concentration and attention.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Jean Laliberté, President, General Manager, Peter Hall School, Josée-Dominique Chapleau, Director, Peter Hall School Foundation; Mai Anh Tran, Director, Corporate Taxes, McKesson Canada; Sophie Bergeron, Director, Côte-Vertu Campus, Peter Hall School; Maurice Berlinguette, Vice President, Board of Directors, Peter Hall School Foundation


Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Calgary (Alberta)

The Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta (KCC) is a charitable organization dedicated to helping Alberta children affected by cancer and their families survive and thrive in body, mind and spirit.


Amount : $11,000

Project : The purchase of an all-terrain utility vehicle to transport children with limited mobility at Camp Kindle will help enhance the camp experience for all campers affected by childhood cancer as well as improve overall camp safety.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Terry Stychin, Regional Vice President - Western marketplace, McKesson Canada; Christine McIver, Founder and Chief Executive Officer and Emma MacIsaac, Manager of Sponsorship and Events, Kids Cancer Care Foundation; Marcia Gilbertson, Business Development Representative, McKesson Canada


Moncton Youth Residences Inc., Moncton, New Brunswick

A centre for at-risk children, youth between 12 and 24, and families.


Amount : $11,500

Project : To purchase audio books, magazines, resource materials and computers to assist at-risk youth who have low or no literacy skills.

Presenting the check from left to right: Richard Brennan, Director, Atlantic Marketplace, McKesson Canada; Mel Kennah, Executive Director, Moncton Youth Residences, and Richard Peterson, Manager, Moncton Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada.


Halifax Developmental Centre, Halifax (Nova Scotia)

The Halifax Developmental Centre for Early Learning (HDCEL) is a progressive child care facility providing inclusive quality care in a safe, healthy and enriched environment. The HDCEL works together with parents and professionals, including early interventionists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists to develop individualized programming for the children.


Amount : $17,000

Project : The Centre is equipped with adaptive equipment and specialized resources which make it possible to meet the unique needs of each child. This includes wheelchair lift, computer technologies, Active Sensory Motor equipment, and Snoezelen equipment. Snoezelen rooms are multi-sensory environments that incorporate a specialized selection of equipment and materials that help children adapt their responses to sensory stimulation and to target education and therapy goals. The grant will provide financial assistance in repairing, replacing, and maintaining the adaptive equipment so the HDCEL can continue to offer quality and specialized programming that is accessible to all families.


Halton Food for Thought, Burlington (Ontario)

Halton Food for Thought is a preventative program committed to improving the learning capacity, health and well-being of children and youth in Halton Region by providing breakfast, lunch or snacks before and during school through school-based nutrition programs.


Amount : $15,000

Project : The program addresses the issue of youth hunger and provides services to help at-risk students aged 13 - 18 years who are either looking to leave school or are at risk of homelessness. The organization provides meal cards ensuring student have access to at least one healthy meal each day. In addition, the program addresses the physical, mental and social conditions of youth considered at-risk.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager, Ontario Marketplace, McKesson Canada; Gayle Cruickshank, Executive Director, Halton Food for Thought; Simon Clare, Project Manager, Black Belt, Six Sigma, McKesson Canada


Hull Services, Calgary (Alberta)

Hull Services helps nearly 3,500 kids, young adults and families every day. Some receiving services live with mental health, behavioural, and developmental challenges. Hull contributes significantly to the well-being of children, to the enhancement of families and the health of the community. 


Amount : $5,000

Project : Hull School Nutrition Program aims to provide a nutritious meal at the start of the school day for children who come from homes where there is no one to prepare food or where food is not available. A meal helps the children to focus on their school tasks, and contributes to improved in-class behaviour and social skills.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Terry Stychin, Regional Vice President - Western marketplace and Marcia Gilbertson, Business Development Representative, McKesson Canada; Catherine Forbes, Principal, Hull School


Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Kingston (Ontario)

CNIB passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.


Amount : $15,900

Project : Train youth with vision loss to use the latest GPS technology as an orientation and mobility aid in allowing them to move safely and independently in their community (Belleville region).

Cheque presentation (left to right): Bryan Asher, Manager, Distribution Centre, Trenton, McKesson Canada, Sarah Raw, Specialist, Orientation and Mobility, Brenda Fielding, Specialist, Low Vision, Scott Birney, Specialist, Independent Living


Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), St. John's (Newfoundland)

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind's (CNIB) mission is to be the leader in enhancing independence for people with vision loss and promoting vision health. CNIB passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians, of all ages, who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.


Amount : $20,000

Project : CNIB will carry out a complete upgrade of the Snoezelen room in its St. John's office. The current Snoezelen room provides a one of a kind sensory experience for children who experience many kinds of challenges in their lives. The room allows families, day care centres, learning groups, and education facilities to bring children to enjoy a sensory experience that awakens their minds and enables them to enjoy a unique experience.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Lindsay Neale, Counselor/Volunteer Coordinator, CNIB; Jason Rose, Assistive Technology Specialists, CNIB; Duane Morgan, Manager, Programs and Services, CNIB; Kelly Picco, CNIB Youth Ambassador; Kirk Oake, Business Development Representative, McKesson Canada; Valda Adams, Associate, Fund Development, CNIB; Brittany Brynes, MUN Work Term Student, CNIB; Gillian Kinsella, Summer Student, CNIB


IODE Imperial Order Daughter of the Empire, Calgary (Alberta)

Amount : $5,000

Project : Purchase reading material for school in Northern Alberta where close to 70% of children have learning difficulties.

Project submitted by : Angela Dean, retired employee

Presenting the check from left to right: Craig Smith, Manager, Calgary Distribution Centre; Leonard Lethebe, Principal, Mistassiniy School; Brent Teulon, Vice-President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada; Elizabeth Parnham, Education Officer, IODE Fort Calgary Chapter; Michel Elliott, Credit and Financial Services Manager, McKesson Canada.


The Jean Tweed Centre, Toronto, Ontario

A non-medical, community-based treatment centre for drug, alcohol and gambling abuse, helping Ontario women over the age of 16, and their families.


Amount : $10,000

Project : To purchase therapeutic toys and musical instruments to promote both fine and gross motor skills in children affected by substance abuse.

Presenting the check from left to right: Jeff Faria, Vice-President, Customer Solutions, Ontario; Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant, McKesson Canada; Nancy Bradley, Executive Director, Jean Tweed Centre, and Diana Dickey, Counsellor, Jean Tweed Centre.


Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, Uxbridge (Ontario)

The mission of Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity is to "Improve the quality of life for seriously ill children and their families…when love is not enough." Through its programs, it assists seriously ill, financially disadvantaged Ontario children and their families with special treatment needs, medical expenses and financial assistance in times of need.


Amount : $20,000

Project : This project will allow the charity to assist 20 to 25 financially disadvantaged Ontario children with costs surrounding their illnesses that are not covered by any government funding, insurance or other charitable program, enabling them to receive the medical care they require.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Keith Pennington, Distribution Centre Manager, McKesson Canada; Julie Train Development Associate; Jane Sleep, Executive Director; Jackie Granger, Development Manager, Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity


Kids Help Phone, Montreal (Québec)

Kids Help Phone is a Canadian toll-free, 24-hour bilingual and anonymous phone and Web counselling, referral and information service for children and youth.


Amount : $14,700

Project : Install equipment such as stations, replacement systems and infrastructures for the Counselling Center.


Kids Help Phone, Montréal (Québec)

Amount : $19,500

Project : Upgrade software for web-based counseling and provide installation and training.

Project submitted by : Nick Loporcaro, General manager, McKesson APS.

Presenting the check from left to right: Nick Lopocaro, General Manager, McKesson APS; Jacques Brunelle, Vice-President and General Manager, Eastern Canada, McKesson Canada; Peg Brunelle, President, Montreal Council, Jeunesse J'Écoute; Bruno Mital, Executive Director, Jeunesse J'Écoute Québec.


Kids Help Phone, Toronto (Ontario)

Kids Help Phone is committed to improving the well-being of children and youth in Canada by providing them with anonymous and confidential professional counseling, referrals and information in English and French, through technologically-based communications media.


Amount : $21,245

Project : In order to deliver counselling services, the project will support the purchase of a reader board (or digital signage) technology for the counselling centres. This is technology that will continually feed a range of important information to every counsellor, in English and in French, in Montreal and in Toronto.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Jeff Faria, Vice President, National Operations, McKesson Canada; Jenny Yuen, Director, Signature Events and Community Fundraising, Kids Help Phone; Ted Kaiser, Vice President, Information Technology, Kids Help Phone


Kawartha Lakes Food Source, Lindsay (Ontario)

Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a food distribution warehouse that supplies food and other domestic necessities to 17 member agencies (food banks and cupboards, social service agencies) and provides support to 15 school breakfast programs. 


Amount : $5,000

Project : The Fresh Fruit Program seeks to help improve the health of disadvantaged children ages 4 to 18 through the provision of fresh fruit to 16 school breakfast programs. The children will benefit by being able to attend school more regularly and to better concentrate in class.

Cheque presentation (left to right): 

Ruth Stockfish, Major Funding Researcher, Kawartha Lakes Food Source; Leslie-Anne Dungog, Inventory Control Clerk, McKesson Canada; Lesley Bourassa, Warehouse Assistant, Kawartha Lakes Food Source; Cheryl Medhurst, Vice-Principal - Leslie Frost Public School


The CARA Helpline, Moncton, New Brunswick

An anonymous and confidential assistance program and referral service for southeastern New Brunswick.


Amount : $15,000

Project : Add a youth services portal to the Helpline's new web site.

Presenting the check from left to right: Karen Eustace, Executive Director, Helpline; Cecilia Schaller, Board Member, Helpline; Dina Marchetti-Girouard, President, Helpline, and Richard Peterson, Manager, Moncton Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada.


Youth House, Dieppe, New Brunswick

A centre for at-risk youth, where diverse activities and services are offered in a safe and supportive environment.


Amount : $15,000

Project : To purchase computers and software in order to offer on-line educational opportunities to youth who do not attend school on a full-time basis.

Front Row : Richard Peterson, Manager, Moncton Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada; Caroline Thibodeau, Programs Director, Dieppe Youth House; Jeannot Ouellette, General Manager, Dieppe Youth House; Richard Brennan, Director Atlantic Marketplace, McKesson Canada. Back Row: Dieppe Youth House Members.


Moncton Headstart Inc, Moncton (Nouveau-Brunswick)

Amount : $13,321,77

Project : Create a gym experience for underprivileged children. Most are raised in apartments and need gross-motor skills.

Project submitted by : Pat Steeves, Returns, Moncton Warehouse.


Special Olympics Québec, Montréal (Québec)

Established in Québec in 1981, Special Olympics enriches the lives of individuals living with an intellectual disability through sport, allows them to develop their physical fitness, motor skills and self-esteem, and facilitates their integration into society.


Amount : $25,000

Project : New equipment and materials will enable the Special Olympics Québec School Program to bring the sports experience to school-aged children with intellectual disabilities in a safe environment and to introduce them to the benefits of an active life.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

Jean-Philippe Blouin, Vice-President, Pharmaceutical Distribution Québec, McKesson Canada, Annie Pelletier, Honorary Patron, Special Olympics Québec; Daniel Granger, Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics Québec; Pierre Bélanger, Executive Director, Special Olympics Québec, 4 children involved in the Special Olympics Quebec

On Rock Ministries Inc., Pierrefonds (Quebec)

On Rock Ministries is a community organization helping families from the West Island area by offering services such as a food bank, a school lunch program and community dinners.


Amount : $11,000

Project : This project aims to provide diner, weekly baskets and kids' school meals to the West Island community.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Kim Reid, President, On Rock Ministries; Claude Jolicoeur, Director, Regulatory Affairs, Corporate GMP officer, McKesson Canada


New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc., Moncton (New Brunswick)

The mission of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) is to promote the collective practice of music through symphony orchestras, in order to inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential.


Amount : $25,000

Project : The NBYO will purchase orchestral instruments for the Sistema NB program; a free social program of the NBYO which provides orchestral music instruction to very young, disadvantaged children every day. Sistema NB teaches children focus, discipline, respect and cooperation, and helps them build a solid foundation for their future.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Mary Williams, NBYO/Sistema Business Manager; Evelyn Chapman, Administrative Assistant, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Solutions, et Rhéal Richard, Key Account Co-ordinator, McKesson Canada; Ken McLeod, President / CEO New Brunswick Youth Orchestra; Richard Peterson, Director of Operations, Atlantic, Mckesson Canada

In the front: Members of the Mozart Orchestra


Pathways for Children, Youth & Families, Markham, Ontario

An organization that provides drop-in services and long-term residences to improve the lives of homeless youth, at-risk parents and young families in the York region.


Amount : $29,400

Project : To renovate and upgrade the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Fitness and Education Room at the Home Base Youth Drop-In Centre. Refurbish room and purchase construction materials, computers and health equipment.

Presenting the check from left to right: Front Row: James Thomson, Executive Director, Pathways; Wyn Chivers, Volunteer Board of Directors, Pathways. Back Row: Lisa Ceresney, Team Leader, Pathways; Jeff Faria, Vice-President, Customer Solutions, Ontario, McKesson Canada, and Theron Cumberbatch, Team Leader, Pathways.


Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region Inc., Markham (Ontario)

Pathways is a community-based organization responding to the needs of children, youth and families through intervention, education and advocacy to enhance health, self-esteem and well-being. Pathways' goal is to inspire and empower young people in crisis to turn their lives around and to inspire and empower parents to get their preschoolers off to a great start in life.


Amount : $19,900

Project : The objective of this project is to create a mobile resources library that parents and children can access conveniently while they participate in the programs. These mobile libraries will enable parents and children to easily consult valuable resources in formats that are accessible and understandable by the families.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Lesley Sims, CFRE, Director of Resource Development, Pathways for Children, Jeff Faria, Vice President, National Operations, McKesson Canada; Michael Braithwaite, Executive Director, Pathways for Children


Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region, Markham (Ontario)

Pathways is a community-based organization responding to the needs of children, youth and families through intervention, education and advocacy to enhance their health, self-esteem and well-being.


Amount : $20,000

Project : Motivate and equip individuals to join together in nurturing competent, caring and responsible children and adolescents, by supporting the youth through their individualized plan of action through the Pathways Aftercare and Transitional Support Program.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Jeff Faria, Vice President & General Manager, Marketplace (Ontario), McKesson Canada, Tracy Williams, Director of Finance, Randy Burke, Programs Manager, Lesley Sims, Director of Resource Development


Peel Children's Centre, Moncton, New Brunswick

A community-based agency that provides mental health treatment services for children.


Amount : $20,000

Project : To renovate the basement of the residential treatment centre to provide a recreational space for positive peer interactions and a treatment area for group therapy.

Presenting the check from left to right: Blake Fullerton, Residential Supervisor, Peel Children's Centre; Richard Peterson, Manager, Moncton Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada, and Humphrey Mitchell, Executive Director, Peel Children's Centre.


Peel Children's Centre (PCC), Mississauga (Ontario)

Amount : $15,000

Project : Construction of an on-site resource room purchase of equipment.

Project submitted by : Fazeena Ahad, Customer service representative, Distribution Centre, Mississauga.

Presenting the check from left to right: Jeff Faria, Vice-President, Customer Solutions, McKesson Canada; Mora Thompson, Manager, Corporate Communications and Development, PCC; Ceri Harnden, Director, Economic and Business Development, PCC; Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant, McKesson Canada


PLEA Community Services, Vancouver (British Columbia)

PLEA is a non-profit society dedicated to providing the best possible support and service to children, youth, adults and families who face significant challenges in their lives. 


Amount : $25,000

Project : The KidStart Mentoring Program is a prevention and diversion program for vulnerable children and youth throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It provides volunteer mentors who engage kids in activities that help them make community connections, positive relationships and increase their resiliency.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Jennifer Kirk, Manager of Development, PLEA; Ron Kingdon, Distribution Centre Manager, McKesson Canada; Kalli Niedoba, Development Assistant, PLEA; Hala Nugent, Volunteer Coordinator, KidStart


Portage Atlantic, Moncton (New Brunswick)

Portage Atlantic is a non-profit organization that offers long-term residential treatment services in New Brunswick for Atlantic Canadian youth ages 14 to 21. It aims to return serious substance abusers to mainstream society as drug-free, crime-free and productive citizens.


Amount : $10,000

Project : The addition of furniture for the community living spaces at Portage Atlantic will help create an environment where the youth can engage in learning and quiet reflection to regain confidence in their academic ability and making a healthy recovery.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Richard Peterson, Director of Operations, Atlantic; Heather MacInnes, Distribution Centre Manager and Rhéal Richard, Key Account Co-ordinator, McKesson Canada; Carol Tracey, Director of Development, Portage Atlantic; Lisette Richard, Representative, Business Development; Richard Brennan, Regional Vice President, Atlantic; Evelyn Chapman, Administrative Assistant, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Solutions; and Shirley Smallwood, Director, Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Solutions, McKesson Canada


Portage Program for Drug Dependencies Inc. (Portage Atlantic), Fredericton (New Brunswick)

Portage Atlantic, a non-profit organization, provides long-term residential treatment for youth seriously addicted to drugs and /or alcohol.


Amount : $25,000

Project : Furnish two new dormitories for boys and girls.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Carol Tracey, Director of Development - Portage, Richard Brennan, Director Atlantic - McKesson Canada, Joanne Gallant, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice President, Clinical Solutions and Manager, Atlantic Transportation - McKesson Canada.


2014 Regional Grant Recipients

McKesson Canada is deeply committed to building healthier and stronger communities in which it operates. The Canadian Regional Grants Program awarded close to $250,000 to the following organizations in 2014:

 

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre ($5,000) – Ontario

Hope Air ($15,000) – New Brunswick

Kawartha Lakes Food Source ($10,000) – Ontario

Kids Help Phone ($25,000) – Quebec

Kids' Health Links Foundation ($25,000) – Ontario

Leave Out Violence Society BC ($20,000) – British Columbia

Marie-Vincent Foundation ($10,687) – Quebec

New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc. ($25,000) – New Brunswick

Simon Fraser University - Faculty of Applied Sciences ($13,500) – British Columbia

Missing Children's Network Canada ($25,000) – Quebec

Vanguard School ($25,000) – Quebec

Yellow Brick House ($10,000) – Ontario

YMCA on Central-East Ontario ($15,500) – Ontario

YWCA of Calgary ($25,000) – Alberta



CCS Community Services, Montréal (Québec)

CCS is a non-profit community organization that develops and provides a continuum of support services for families and individuals. CCS designs and delivers reliable programs and services to the economically disadvantaged primarily within the Anglophone community of Great Montréal.


Amount : $15,013

Project : The project will offer underprivileged youths aged 6 to 17, with security equipment for their biking and water activities at CCS' Trail's End Camp, located in the Laurentians at Base de Plein Air Jean-Jeune.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Bruno Mital, Director General, CCS, Nick Loporcaro, President, McKesson Canada


SIECCAN, Toronto (Ontario)

Amount : $25,000

Project : Reproduce 200 sets of a practical information booklet for youth with special needs.

Project submitted by : Jeff Faria, Vice-president, Customer Solutions, Ontario.

Presenting the check from left to right: Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant, McKesson Canada; Susan Ludwig, Sexuality Education Consultant, SIECCAN; Michael Barrett, Executive Director, SIECCAN; Jeff Faria, Vice-President, Customer Solutions


Simcoe Hall Settlement House

Simcoe Hall Settlement House is a multi-service, non-profit, community resource centre dedicated, since 1935, to aiding and improving the lives of less advantaged children and families.


Amount : $12,888

Project : Purchase computer equipment, learning materials and furnishings to support the needs of economically disadvantaged children and their families.

Presenting the check from left to right: Jeff Faria, Vice President and General Manager, Ontario, McKesson Canada; Sandra Sweet, Director, Simcoe Hall Settlement House along with several students.


SOS Children's Village Society BC, Surrey (British Columbia)

SOS Children's Village Society BC's mission is to improve the quality of life for British Columbia children and youth in need by building families for children in foster care and helping them shape their own futures.


Amount : $21,800

Project : Purchase equipment to offer neurofeedback therapy for children with special needs.

Cheque presentation (left to right): From McKesson Canada: Bryan Cuming - Director of Operations, Western Canada; and from SOS Children's Village Society BC: Corina Carroll - Program Director; Ross McQuarrie - Executive Director.


The Fondation Père Sablon, Montréal (Québec)

The mission of Fondation Père Sablon is to continue the work of the Œuvre du Père Marcel de la Sablonnière, dedicated to the development of youth through sports and outdoor recreational activities. The Œuvre is composed of the Centre Père Sablon in Montréal and the P'tit Bonheur recreational area located in the Laurentians.


Amount : $20,000

Project : The Petit Cirque Sablon helps approximately one hundred children from disadvantaged backgrounds, by introducing them to circus arts. Through this program, participants do physical activity in a playful environment, increase their self-esteem and discover a channel for expressing their creativity.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Jean-Philippe Blouin, Vice-President, Pharmaceutical Distribution Québec, McKesson Canada; Huguette Déom, Fondation Père Sablon; Pierre-Jacques Daigle, Coordinator of the Petit Cirque Sablon project; Marie Desroches, Executive Director, Fondation Père Sablon and Les Œuvres du Père Sablon


Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS), Toronto (Ontario)

The Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) helps children overcome barriers to success in school. It addresses issues of poverty, hunger and poor nutrition, and their effect on education, and helps students to succeed.


Amount : $25,000

Project : The TFSS Gift of Sight and Sound Program provides free vision and hearing checks for children in Toronto's most at-risk communities. It provides free glasses for the children who require them, enabling them to do better in school.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Shannon Quesnelle, Development Officer; 4 students registered to the "Gift of Sight and Sound" program from Eastview Junior Public School, Scarborough; Leslie-Anne Dungog, Inventory Control Clerk, Brampton DC, McKesson Canada


Toujours ensemble

Toujours ensemble is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support young people as they encounter academic, family or social difficulties. Their main goals are to encourage children to stay in school, contribute to improving the quality of life of the children and their families, and provide them with the tools necessary to succeed and fight poverty.


Amount : $20,903

Project : Equip a room with computer and audiovisual technology to facilitate learning among at-risk youth.


Toujours Ensemble, Verdun, Quebec

An organization that offers educational and recreational activities to support young people as they encounter academic, family or social difficulties.


Amount : $23,000

Project : To equip the facility's resource room with computers, software and books, and to purchase kitchen appliances for the centre's lunch program.

Presenting the check from left to right: Alain Vachon, Vice-President and General Manager, Eastern Canada, McKesson Canada; Pierre Côté, President and General Manager, Toujours ensemble; Dannick Ménard, Student and Evelyn Reyes, Student.


Winnipeg Harvest, Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Amount : $10,000

Project : Renovate and equip a youth training and orientation room.

Project submitted by : Barbara Tome, Administrative assistant, Winnipeg Distribution Centre.

Presenting the check from left to right: David Northcott, Executive Coordinator, Winnipeg Harvest; Lee Newton, Partnership Coordinator, Winnipeg Harvest; Barbara Tome, Administrative Assistant, Winnipeg Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada, Larry Baydak, ICC, McKesson Canada.


Calgary Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA of Calgary), Calgary (Alberta)

The YWCA of Calgary focuses its attention on providing a continuum of service for Calgary women and their families in supporting their movement from unsafe to safe lifestyles and dependence to independence. The YWCA of Calgary has been serving the community for over 100 years offering services in the core areas of: Family Violence Prevention and Poverty Reduction Initiatives.


Amount : $24,050

Project : The YWCA Sherriff King Home emergency shelter is a 38 bed facility where women and children fleeing family violence can stay safely while they reassess their safety plans and their next steps. The project aims to improve the facility in order to enhance the experience of the children and adolescents who are at risk and who have either witnessed or who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Amanda Pitre, Child Support Counsellor, YWCA of Calgary; Jean Dunbar, Director, Sheriff King Home Shelter, YWCA of Calgary; Michelle Chiasson-Suart, Major Gifts Officer, YWCA of Calgary; John Peel, Superintendent Building Operations, YWCA of Calgary; Violeta Eusebio, Executive Assistant to Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada; Brent Teulon, Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada


Yellow Brick House, Richmond Hill (Ontario)

Yellow Brick House is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to empower abused women to lead violence free lives. Yellow Brick House provides three core services: emergency shelter, transitional housing and outreach services. All services are free of charge, fully confidential and are available in over twenty languages.


Amount : $25,000

Project : The project will provide the means to renovate an existing storage space to be used as a meeting and resource room for the children who seek Yellow Brick House counselling and programs. The area will provide a safe and dedicated space for children to meet with their counsellors, in "Let's Talk" group therapy sessions, for art therapy sessions and for special events. The space will be specifically designed to promote communication in a comfortable environment.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Jeff Faria, Vice President, National Operations, McKesson Canada; Sarah Renaud, Community Outreach Administrator, Yellow Brick House


York Region Food Network, Aurora (Ontario)

York Region Food Network operates programs, raises awareness and promotes policy changes for increased access to affordable and nutritious food produced within a sustainable food system.


Amount : $20,000

Project : Good Food by Kids aims to build food literacy and food skills among children ages 6 to 12, who learn to prepare meals to share with their families. The program also fosters the development of inter-generational, multicultural and socioeconomic relationships in the community through a unique urban agricultural aquaponics project.

Cheque presentation (left to right):

 

Leslie-Anne Dungog, Inventory Control Clerk, McKesson Canada; Bronwen Fitzsimons, Urban Agricultural Coordinator; Kate Greavette, Food Charter Coordinator and Joan Stonehocker, Executive Director, York Region Food Network; Amanda Browne, Distribution Centre Supervisor, Brampton DC, McKesson Canada


YWCA, Calgary (Alberta)

Amount : $25,000

Project : Financial assistance for secure fence surrounding a new playground area in the downtown area.

Presenting the check from left to right: Michel Elliott, Credit and Financial Services Manager, McKesson Canada; Jill Wyatt, CEO, YWCA Calgary; Brent Teulon, Vice-President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada; Carolyn Goard, Director of Integrated Services, YWCA Calgary; Debbie Dalen, Communications Manager, YWCA Calgary; Elaine Baker, Fundraising Associate, YWCA Calgary; Mitchell Ravvin, Senior Fundraising Associate, YWCA Calgary.


Zebra Child Protection Centre Society, Edmonton (Alberta)

The Zebra Child Protection Centre's objective is to improve the life experiences of children who have suffered abuse in its community through support to children and their family through the processes of disclosure, investigation, intervention and legal prosecution.


Amount : $19,000

Project : Further refine the Intervention & Preparation for Children Testifying in Court Program.

Cheque presentation (left to right): Dayleen Knapp, BDR, Northern Alberta, McKesson Canada, Barb Spencer, CEO, Zebra Child Protection Centre Society, Terry Stychin, Director of Sales, Western Canada, McKesson Canada


Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Hamilton, Ontario

An agency that provides support and information for Canadians affected by vision loss.


Amount : $12,000

Project : To purchase accessible educational resources for the Lending Library to broaden the knowledge and enhance the quality of life of children with vision loss.

Presenting the check from left to right: Jeff Faria, Vice-President, Customer Solutions, Ontario, McKesson Canada; Kelly Couto, Specialist, Independent Living Skills, CNIB; Jenn Ladd, Specialist, Independent Living Skills and Orientation & Mobility, CNIB; Lisa Tyrrell, Specialist, Early Intervention, CNIB.


McKesson Foundation's 2008 Regional Grants Recipients

  • Amcal ($5,000 $) – Quebec
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel ($22,000) – Ontario
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of York ($10,000) – Ontario
  • Br. Andre CHS ($28,250) – Ontario
  • EvenStart for Children's Society ($25,000) – Alberta
  • Interim Place ($18,200) – Ontario
  • Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (St. Theresa School) ($12,840) – Alberta
  • J'apprends avec mon enfant ($14,200) – Quebec
  • John Grant High School ($14,156) – Quebec
  • Jeunesse, J'écoute/Kids Help Phone ($16,800) – Quebec
  • St-James Hockey Academy ($25,000) – Manitoba


Boys and Girls Club, Ottawa, Ontario

A centre that offers after-school, weekend and summer programs to more than 4,500 children and youth every year.


Amount : $10,000

Project : To renovate a kitchen in a clubhouse enabling staff and volunteers to provide nutritious and healthy snacks to youth.

Presenting the check from left to right: Scott Bradford, Executive Director, Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, and Kanti Mapara, Manager, Ottawa Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada.


Independent Living Centre of Waterloo

Independent Living Centre of Waterloo provides support and services to people with disabilities, caregivers, friends, family and to the community at large.


Amount : $5,500

Project : Purchase of life-sized puppets in order to raise awareness among school-aged children on the topic of disabilities.

Presenting the check from left to right: Simon Clare, Project Manager, Customer Solutions, McKesson Canada; Adrena Lockley, Independent Living Centre of Waterloo and Paula Saunders, Independent Living Centre of Waterloo.


Children's Cottage Society of Calgary

Children's Cottage Society of Calgary is dedicated to preventing harm and neglect to all children and strengthening families through crisis, respite and support services. They accomplish this through a 24/7 crisis nursery, offering shelter for children ages 0 - 8 years for up to 72 hours. They also offer respite and support services, including Healthy Families and Family Liaison, Community Respite and Child Care Respite programs.


Amount : $14,472

Project : Purchase technology and home furnishings to support the temporary housing needs of at-risk children.


Discovery Children's Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

A community-owned Day Care and Nursery School facility that operates programs for children aged 3 months to 12 years old.


Amount : $32,650

Project : To improve the facility by purchasing an aluminium ramp for wheelchair access, replacing sinks in the children's washrooms and converting a storage locker into a kitchen.

Presenting the check from left to right: Ron Blatz, Executive Director, Children's Discovery Centre, and Larry Baydak, Acting Manager, Winnipeg Distribution Centre, McKesson Canada.


Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

A multi-service, community centre that serves the diverse population of Mississauga east.


Amount : $10,000

Project : To purchase computers, language programs, typing tutor programs, and dictionaries, calculators, etc., for an after-school program.

Presenting the check from left to right: Jeff Faria, Vice-President, Customer Solutions, Ontario, McKesson Canada; Carlene Charles, Administrative Assistant, McKesson Canada; Lynn Petrushchack, Executive Director, Dixie Bloor, and Hazel Henry, Volunteer Coordinator, Dixie Bloor.


St. Theresa of Lisieux High School

St. Theresa of Lisieux is a publicly funded high school which focuses on academic excellence and life-long learning.


Amount : $22,000

Project : Furnish a classroom in a public high school with the necessary computer technology to further their mission of academic excellence and lifelong learning.

From left to right: David Flynn, Vice Principal, St. Theresa of Lisieux; Anthony Ganuelas, Business Teacher, St. Theresa of Lisieux; Jeff Faria, Vice President and General Manager, Ontario, McKesson Canada; Cathy Rosenberger, Principal, St. Theresa of Lisieux and Tom Garreffa, Acting Department Head - Business, St. Theresa of Lisieux


EvenStart for Children's Society, Calgary (Alberta)

Amount : $25,000

Project : Purchase of specialized software programs to treat high-risk children.

Project submitted by : Roslyn Swenson, Account Recevable, Calgary Distribution Center).

Presenting the check from left to right: Brent Teulon, Vice-President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada; Ilona Boyce, Director, EvenStart for Children's Society; Michel Elliott, Manager, Credit and Financial Services, McKesson Canada.


Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation

The Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation works to help bring the best possible care to the children of Newfoundland and Labrador. Their funding efforts have brought life saving equipment and facilities to the only children's hospital in the province.


Amount : $15,000

Project : Purchase of medical equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Janeway Children's Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

Presenting the check from left to right: Lloyd Powell, Chairman of the Board, Janeway Foundation; Lynn Sparkes, Director, Janeway Foundation; Scott Barron, Manager, Distribution Centre, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, McKesson Canada and a few of the team members of the Mount Pearl Distribution Centre.


Columbus House Young Parent Support

The Columbus House Parent Support is dedicated to offering young mothers the opportunity to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma while their children are engaged in development on-site programs.


Amount : $5,000

Project : Build a workshop to provide young mothers with life and parenting skills training and enable them to complete their secondary school diplomas.

Presenting the check from left to right: Alison Cruz, (infant); Rachelle Masseau, Childcare Staff, Columbus House Young Parent Support; Lee Agnesi, Supervisor, Columbus House Young Parent Support; Kanti Mapara, Manager, Distribution Centre, Ottawa, McKesson Canada; Zoey Crannie, (infant); Shannon Goulos, Childcare Staff, Columbus House Young Parent Support; Jayden Thibert, (infant) and Mary-Grace Masseau, Supply, Columbus House Young Parent Support.


CNIB

CNIB's mission is to enhance independence for people with vision loss and be the leader in promoting vision health. Through CNIB, people with vision loss have access to rehabilitation counseling and training, innovative consumer products, peer support and one of the world's largest libraries for people with print disabilities.


Amount : $13,480

Project : Purchase the necessary technology to train youth experiencing vision loss in the areas of safe and independent travel.

Presenting the check from left to right: Jennifer Johnson, CNIB and Jeff Faria, Vice President and General Manager, Ontario, McKesson Canada.


Maison des Enfants le Dauphin

La Maison des enfants le Dauphin is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children develop a positive self-image through experiences which are both constructive and self-actualizing, and offer support and a safe place to visit after school.


Amount : $14,000

Project : Expand their facilities in order to care for the after school needs of at-risk children.


Marymound

Marymound is dedicated to the welfare of children, youth and families who need support as they face the challenges of growing, learning and parenting. Through culturally diverse care in safe living environments, individual relationships, academic preparation, therapeutic intervention and advocacy, Marymound supports Manitoban children and their families to reach their fullest potential and independence.


Amount : $16,362

Project : Create additional meeting space for young mothers attending life skills workshops.

Presenting the check from left to right: Anneliese Serzu, Director of Programs, Marymound; Ian Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, Marymound; Shelley Rojeski, Manager, Distribution Centre, Winnipeg, McKesson Canada; Larry Baydak, Inventory Control Clerk, Winnipeg, McKesson Canada and Chris McDonald, Director of Finance and Administration, Marymound.


Fort Calgary Chapter of the IODE (Imperial Order Daughter of the Empire)

IODE Canada is a national women's charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals through education, support, community service and citizenship programs. Their mission is to assist and encourage all literacy programs whenever possible to do so.


Amount : $4,700

Project : Purchase books for a children's library.

Presenting the check from left to right: Brent Teulon, Vice President and General Manager, Western Canada, McKesson Canada; Angela Dean, President, IODE Canada, Fort Calgary Chapter; Bethany Wall, Major Gifts Specialist, Resource Development, William Roper Hull School and Heather Burns, Librarian, William Roper Hull School.