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Every year, many families in Prescott-Russell provide time, energy and, above all, love to children, youth and adults who need a home. In recognition, on October 26, Valoris organized an evening of appreciation to highlight their outstanding work. This gathering closed the National Foster Family Week.

More than 160 guests, including 116 foster parents, vibrated to the beat of a colorful Cuban dance and music scene. Several families were acknowledged for their years of service, ranging from five to 30 years. In addition, three families were celebrated one last time as they retire after many years of dedication. Finally, ten families were recognized for eleven adoptions.

The role of foster parent is essential in our community. The commitment and investment shown by all members of a foster family ensures that children and adults have the opportunity to flourish and grow in a safe environment. In Prescott-Russell, children in care at Valoris and adults with intellectual disabilities can count on a fabulous group of foster families and home sharers.

If you want to make a difference in a person's life, call Valoris at 1 800 675.6168.

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!