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SCIO Peterborough to
Launch Peer Support Program

We are so happy to announce that Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) has been selected as a recipient of funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP) for 2020.  This funding will allow us to build our Peer Support Program in Peterborough.

On November 14, recipients and supporters gathered for the funding announcement at the Peterborough Museum and Archive.  The CFGP announced $116,500 in grants for 26 local charities. SCIO received $5000 – the maximum grant offered. The organizations vary in the work that they do from increasing participation in the community and removing barriers to inclusion to helping those at risk of social isolation to nurturing intergenerational connections.

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Three SCIO volunteers are joined by Peterborough Regional Services Co-ordinator, Stephanie Bolton, and the community representatives of the other successful CFGP 2020 award recipients.

Jennifer DeBues, Director of Operations and Granting at the CFGP, said, “the Foundation is glad to use the grants to support a range of initiatives designed to strengthen the breadth of community connections. Collectively, these initiatives will drive significant impact in our community by bringing people together and increasing participation in community life”. 

Carl Bax, Julie Hayes and Alec Denys.

The Community Foundation works with community builders to help address some of the area’s greatest needs.  The grants came from contributions via donor advised funds, community funds and field of interest funds.

SCIO applied for this grant to build a Peer Support Program in the community.  This will allow us to do start Peer Volunteer training, offer 3 Peer Connections information sessions and monthly drop-ins.  We hope that we will also be able to host a vehicle modification show and volunteer appreciation BBQ in Peterborough this year.

We have a great volunteer base in the community and the fabulous efforts of Regional Services Co-ordinator, Stephanie Bolton, to promote and encourage participation.  This is an exciting opportunity for us.

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