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Funding Announcement

Ontario Investing over $$585,000 to Upgrade and Repair Hamilton Agencies

Improving Safety and Security For Ontario Families


July 25, 2016

Ontario is investing in repairs and renovations at non-profit agencies in Hamilton as part of its Partner Facility Renewal Program that will help community agencies remain safe, secure and accessible to the children, youth and families they serve.

This morning, Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, was joined by Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa at Governing Council of The Salvation Army – Grace Haven in Hamilton to announce over $585,000 in funding for the 16 projects.

They include:

  • $130,000 for The Governing Council of The Salvation Army – Grace Haven in Hamilton for upgrades to their fire alarm and security systems, parking lot repairs, building an accessible ramp, replacing windows and upgrading washrooms.
  • $304,900 for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton for repairs including exterior building improvements and elevator modernization.
  • $67,400 for the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington & Area for roof and door replacements.
  • $30,000 for the Dawn Patrol Child & Youth Services to construct a wheelchair ramp and upgrade their deck.
  • $26,000 for the Catholic Family Services of Hamilton for window replacements.
  • $8,500 for the Lynwood Charlton Centre to replace their flooring.
  • $22,000 for the Good Shepherd Centre to update their washroom and repair water damage.

Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is investing $15 million for upgrades and repairs at more than 140 community agencies across Ontario. These investments help children’s treatment centres, children’s aid societies and youth centres better serve Ontario’s children, youth and families.

Supporting community agencies that help those most in need is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

“Children, youth and families rely on the services that our local agencies provide. This investment means that agencies can keep their facilities in good condition and keep their focus where it is most needed.”

Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale

“While Ontario is making historic investments to build new roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals, it is equally important to maintain existing infrastructure across the province in good repair.  Strategic investments in local projects and renovations like these, sustain jobs and stimulates the economy and supports critical services in the greater Hamilton area.”

Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

“Ontario’s children’s treatment centres, children’s aid societies and youth centres are there to support families by delivering essential services to our children and youth. Investing in their facilities is critical so that they can stay focused on helping young people thrive.”

Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services 

Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton Celebrates Success


On Monday, June 20, 2016 the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCASH) gathered to celebrate its 62nd Annual General Meeting. The meeting was an opportunity to come together and celebrate the many accomplishments of the agency over the past year. Throughout the meeting it was evident that CCASH has had another highly successful year in providing services to the community of Hamilton.

At this years meeting we recognized two Board members who completed their terms. Giulia Gambacorta was recognized for 9 years of service. She served as President the past two years and was a member of the executive committee.  Marni Flaherty was recognized for 6 years of service and for her contributions as an advocate. Thank you Giulia and Marni for your commitment to our work.

The highlight of the evening was the celebration of the CCASH Bursary and Scholarship Awards. Each year the CCASH recognizes achievements of the youth and families we serve through these awards.

Through the commitment of the Board of Directors and the generosity of our donors the Society is able to present one time bursary awards to some of our deserving youth and families to help them flourish in the future and continue on their path of success. This year we were please to award the following 12 bursary awards.

The Bishop Anthony Tonnos Bursary

Alex A

The Lancaster Family Bursary

Samidha S

The Jack Kemp Bursary

Olivia D

The Heather Steigvilas Bursary

Kyla S

The Sisters of St. Joseph Bursary

Samantha B

The Friends of CCASH Bursary

Adam T

The Herring-Stewart Holdings Bursary

Daisy Mc

The Monsignor J. Francis Hinchey Bursary

Serina Z

The Peder Larsen Family Bursary

Alexis B

The Sheard/Sazio Bursary

Joey D

The Karen Cimba Bursary

Adrian G

Monsignor Daniel R. Hinsperger Bursary

Justin T

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Rose Sazio and her family the agency has established the Ralph and Rose Sazio Scholarship Fund. Through this fund revenue is generated to support 3 academic scholarships to deserving youth to help them with their post secondary dreams. These scholarships are awarded to the youth each year of their first degree or diploma program they are attending at a post secondary educational institute or training facility. This year we were pleased to award the following 2 scholarships.

The Ralph and Rose Sazio Scholarship

Abigiael G

Brittney S

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