Waypoint honouring history and supporting youth thanks to grant funding
Waypoint honouring history and supporting youth thanks to grant funding
Posted on 08/25/2017
Waypoint honouring history and supportingHolly Archer youth thanks to grant funding
By Holly Archer, Waypoint Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

In times of fiscal responsibility, hospitals and not for profits rely more and more on funding from donors and grants to complement existing work and launch new projects. Earlier this year, Waypoint successfully applied for two significant grants that have allowed us to create three new opportunities at the hospital and build on our already amazing partnerships.

The first successful application was to the RBC Youth Mental Health Fund. We were delighted to receive $100,000 to ease the navigation of the youth mental health system in a collaborative manner. This proved to be a perfect fit for the Simcoe Muskoka Transitional Age Youth System of Support (TAY SoS) partnership; a collaborative network of over 40 regional youth service providers. 

With the guidance of the TAY SoS partners, a proposal went forward to support the enhancement of system navigation efforts, specifically using online tools and platforms preferred by youth to help them find the right services at the right time. 

We’re pleased to have found Sam Docherty to help lead these efforts with the TAY SoS partnership. “With the funding from RBC we will work to build an integrated youth mental health navigation and support strategy,” says Sam. “The strategy will be guided by youth for youth to make sure the voices of those using the system are at the forefront of the work we do.”

The second successful grant was approximately $24,000 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to preserve and highlight Canada’s history as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. 

Two students, Gary Bold and Rachel Gerow, have come on board for the project. They’re working with a wide range of Waypoint staff to create a series of entertaining and informative historical videos about the history of mental health care in Canada. 

When asked why they joined the Waypoint team, Gary shares “I was drawn to Waypoint’s unique patient/client population and the varied research opportunities that the environment provides.” While Rachel adds “I’m currently completing my MA in counselling psychology. I am passionate about expanding mental health care services in the North Simcoe community and hope these videos educate and inspire others, while destigmatizing mental health.”

Waypoint would like to thank both the RBC Youth Mental Health Fund and SSHRC for their generosity. Because of their investments, we are making advancements in the understanding of mental illness and building more supportive communities for our patients and clients.