In October, we raise awareness regarding every child and youth’s right to safety and well-being, and celebrate the community that supports families and cares for children and youth across Ontario.

This year, Ontario Dress Purple Day will be held on October 24. On this day, we highlight the importance of breaking the silence and speaking out if you believe a child’s right to safety and well-being is compromised. In addition, Ontario Dress Purple Day offers an important opportunity to remind children and youth that help is available in Prescott-Russell.

We invite all Prescott-Russell residents to participate in Dress Purple Day on Thursday, October 24, by wearing purple clothing and accessories. We also encourage businesses to decorate their front door in purple. To help spread awareness, Break the silence purple t‑shirts are available for $10 until October 24 at Valoris service centres, located in Embrun, Hawkesbury, Rockland and Plantagenet.

Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell takes this opportunity to remind you that Ontarians have a moral duty and a legal obligation to promptly report suspected abuse or neglect of a child. In addition, as of 2018, 16 and 17-year-olds are also eligible to receive protection services from a children’s aid society.

If you have a concern about the safety and well-being of a child or youth, please contact us immediately at
1 800 675-6168. You do not have to be sure about concerns to make a referral to Valoris: use your best judgment.