A program that helps children who have been victims of neglect, maltreatment and exploitation has received a $10,000 donation from the RBC Foundation.
Child and Family Services of Western Manitoba has operated the children’s therapy program since 1985 and supports the region’s most vulnerable.
"The program started out focusing on supporting victims of sexual abuse and it has evolved in terms of offering support to children where they’ve been victimized, experienced maltreatment or have experienced significant attachment difficulties in their relationships," said Dave McGregor, CEO of CFS Western.
Children who have experienced neglect or exploitation suffer a trauma that could have lifelong effects without intervention and treatment.
The therapy program is designed to support children in developing better coping strategies, provide therapeutic support, direction and counselling. The program also offers support to caregivers and families.
The program generally supports younger children, between the ages of four and 12. While it varies year to year, McGregor said the program services roughly 80 individuals, including children and caregivers.
The program is funded through agency funds, however it also requires community support to keep it running.
"It’s very important that the community and the corporate community is partnering with an agency to provide this kind of service," McGregor said. "The money is important, but it’s also the partnership going forward out into the community. The $10,000 is important because it does allow us to continue accepting and meeting the referral needs that we get."
Brent Muirhead, regional account manager with the Royal Bank of Canada presented McGregor with the $10,000 cheque on Wednesday.
"Anything relating to the families and strengthening the family unit, the RBC Foundation has been very active in supporting," Muirhead said. "So many of the programs that the CFS has offered and is providing over the years fits very nicely with the RBC’s vision as well, so it’s been very easy to support these programs."
Since 1995, RBC has donated roughly $130,000 to CFS Western programs.