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One year after the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant was announced, Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell can report a positive first assessment for the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) Expansion project.

In March 2018, Valoris launched the Triple P Expansion project with a $ 506,300 grant from OTF. This three-year grant has objectives aimed at enabling more than 800 Prescott-Russell people to access the tools proposed by the internationally recognized program. This program supports the positive development of children and young people who face challenges, and provides tools to parents and adults around them.

During this first year, Valoris managed to reach 231 of the 800 families expected by the end of the project, exceeding the initial target of 150 families for the first year. Three types of training were offered, increasing the capabilities of parents in the region.

"This is only the first year of three, but already we see that important progress is being made. Not only have we reached our goal of reaching out to families, but we have also issued 31 new accreditations to parents who have completed the Triple P program and created four new community partnerships. We are very proud of this first year, and we begin the second year with enthusiasm," said Hélène Fournier, Valoris Executive Director.

Making the Positive Parenting Program accessible to four new community partners is a great advantage of the OTF grant. Thanks to Triple P training, professionals working outside of Valoris can significantly increase the number of families who will benefit from the approach, real progress for the Prescott-Russell community.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. With a budget of more than $ 136 million, OTF provides grants to more than 1,000 projects each year to support healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

November 18 to 24 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week and the Prescott-Russell Coalition in Action to Prevent and Stop Bullying wishes to raise community awareness about this social problem and find solutions to put an end to it.

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The Government of Canada reports that one out 0f five young adults aged 15 to 29 is a victim of bullying. Physical or psychological bullying, as well as cyberbullying or cyberstalking, can have serious impacts on a person’s physical and mental health. 

YES to an inclusive and accepting community! During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, the Coalition reminds citizens to take positive action and to celebrate diversity in order to promote respect and tolerance in Prescott-Russell.

Do you know what to do if you are a victim or a witness of bullying?

Dare to report. If you are being bullied, it is important to tell someone you trust. This person can help you find solutions. Do not deal with the problem alone.

If you are a victim of cyberbullying, do not respond to the messages and block the person who is bullying you. Save all the messages and show them to a trusted person who can help you.

If you witness a situation, step in to help the victim or talk to someone you trust. Bystanders who do not speak up encourage the bad behaviour.

Interesting resources are available for children, parents and professionals on the Coalition's website at https://prunitedagainstbullying.ca. For additional support, call 1 800 675.6168.

Once again this year, the community of Prescott-Russell generously supported the Valoris Christmas Elves Campaign. Thanks to all your generous donations, 666 gifts were distributed to children and teenagers in the region, bringing much joy during this time of celebration!

Several initiatives contributed to the success of the campaign, including an annual brunch organized by École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet, which generated a record $ 4,800. A bowling tournament held in Casselman also benefited the campaign, with proceeds of $ 1,000. In Hawkesbury, a mountain of gifts for children and youth was collected. In addition, many individuals, businesses and organizations made generous gift or cash donations.

The Valoris Christmas Elves wish to thank all merchants, associations, organizations, professionals, school boards, volunteers and the entire population of Prescott-Russell for your unparalleled support and commitment to this important campaign!