Please give to our 2017 Annual Donation Campaign!
When Joan first contacted Community Care Durham (CCD), she really needed help. Her 80-year old father, Tom, was still living in his own home, but found it hard to look after himself and his home. Tom has arthritis, emphysema, the beginnings of dementia and is no longer able to drive, so relied on Joan to drive him to medical appointments. Tom was not eating well, sometimes only tea and toast for dinner. Joan works full time, and was finding it more and more difficult to care for her father while caring for her own family. Joan was feeling overwhelmed until she called Karen, one of CCD’s team of helpful Service Coordinators.
CCD stepped in with needed support. Karen arranged for Tom to have affordable, nutritious and tasty Meals on Wheels, delivered by a caring volunteer. The In-Home Respite service sent a Personal Support Worker to assist with personal care, light housekeeping and companionship. Tom is now taking part in the Adult Day Program, which provides a safe, comfortable place for him to enjoy social and recreation programs, and they even provide lunch. A friendly volunteer driver picks him up to go to the Adult Day Program, and also takes him to his medical appointments. Joan says “I cannot thank Community Care Durham enough for all the help you’ve given my Dad. It has not only impacted his world, but also our entire family’s!”
We often hear from families like Joan’s about how CCD services have greatly improved quality of life. CCD services help ensure that Tom and our 12,000 clients can live safely and happily in their own homes, where they want to be. We would not be able to do this without the vital support of our community. Your gift helps us to reach out to our clients and make a difference in their lives. This is your opportunity to give a special gift to benefit people in your community. You can give a one-time contribution or a monthly pledge. Our donor community has played a key role in allowing CCD to offer supportive and compassionate care for 40 years — in fact, 2017 is our 40th anniversary! Please show your support. Your generosity today will have a positive impact, and help provide vital services. To donate, just click on the Donate button at the top of this page. And from now until Dec. 31, if you use PayPal to make your donation through Canada Helps, PayPal will match 1% of every donation. Thank you for your support!
13th Annual Community Care Durham Walk for Mental Health Awareness Coming on June 9, 2018!!
The 12th Annual Community Care Durham (CCD) Walk for Mental Health Awareness was a great success, and preparations are underway for the 13th Walk to be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018! In 2018, the Walk will be held at Palmer Park in Port Perry. Participants will be able to walk or run a 1, 2 or 5 km path along the scenic waterfront trail. There will be entertainment, music, children’s activities, great prizes, and after the Walk, a free barbeque lunch. The Resource and Information area will have booths from local community groups, sharing brochures and information on local resources. Although the Walk for Mental Health Awareness is a fundraising event, it is also a great opportunity to raise awareness about mental illness in the community, and support those living with mental health issues.
Thank you to all participants for supporting Community Care Durham, and helping to erase the stigma of mental illness! Check out our “Walk for Mental Health Awareness” website for more information or call us at (905) 430-8014.
Port Perry Town & Country House Tour
Thank you to the Port Perry United Church for their donation of a portion of the Annual Port Perry Town & Country House Tour to Community Care Durham Scugog (CCD). Every year, patrons tour a variety of homes, old and new, small and large, and see incredible examples of the interesting architecture and interior design found in beautiful, historic Port Perry, Prince Albert and surrounding area. The ticket includes a visit to the Port Perry United Church for delicious homemade baked goods and refreshments. This charitable event supports five non-profit organizations, including Community Care Durham. Thank you to all who attended and supported CCD and the other charities.
Community Care Durham’s 40th Annual General Meeting
Our 40th Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Among the highlights of the day was honouring our founding members, and the presentation of awards to exceptional volunteers and community partners. Our founding members are: Barbara Carnegie, Alan Cavell, Fred Fountain, Elizabeth Fulford, Dr. Gillian Gilchrist, Joan Higginson, Ruth LaTulipe, Mary Polak, Rev. David Williams, and Rev. Robert Zimmerman. Following are the 2017 award recipients:
Lifetime Membership Awards: Lifetime Membership awards were presented to the following outstanding volunteers: Marnie & Bob Bracht (Ajax-Pickering); Helen Alsop (Brock); Bruce Ball (Clarington); Ben Witteveen (Oshawa); Carol Thornton (Scugog); Sheila & Bill Richardson (Uxbridge); David Watson (Whitby); and Ted Aldridge (Board of Directors).
Lynn Morrall Award: The Lynn Morrall Award honours a volunteer who has shown outstanding commitment to CCD’s COPE Mental Health Program. Mary Fraser from Clarington is the 2017 recipient.
Corporate Leadership Award: The annual Corporate Leadership Award was established to reward an exemplary corporate sponsor who has provided CCD with either a financial contribution and/or a donation of time by its employees, or has otherwise distinguished itself in support of CCD service to clients. The 2017 recipient is Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, in recognition of their outstanding contribution in support of our clients in the Ajax-Pickering community.
Community Service Recognition Award: This annual award recognizes an exemplary not-for-profit organization who has provided CCD with a financial contribution and/or a donation of time by its members, or has otherwise distinguished itself in support of CCD service to clients. Kendal Community Centre Board is the 2017 recipient of this award, in recognition of their many years of outstanding support to our Clarington clients.
Lifetime Community Service Award: This special award was presented to Veridian Corporation in recognition of their many years of outstanding contributions in support of our clients in the Ajax-Pickering community.
The Brent Farr Award: This inaugural award was established to pay tribute to Brent Farr’s outstanding contributions to our community and its more vulnerable people. Brent has worked in the not-for-profit sector in Durham Region for many years and began his career at CCD in 2000, serving as the Executive Director for 13 years. The award is presented to a deserving post-secondary student, and is based on merit with a focus on community service. As demonstrated by Brent during his career, the award is presented to someone who values ethical community action because “it is just the right thing to do”, and works towards creating a more caring and inclusive society. Noah Souliere-Lamb is the deserving recipient of the inaugural 2017 award.
Congratulations to all our deserving honourees!