Foodland invites community to join in
Members of the Sobeys’ Foodland Team and members of the Winchester Downtown Committee pose for a photo on Thurs., Sept. 17. Front row, left to right are: Vince Zanbelt, Owen Shortt, Dan Pettigrew, Gary Annable. Middle row: Gloria Stewart, Bev Shortt, Sandie Puddephatt and Linda Thompson. Back row: Chris Laflamme, Kelsey Larabie, Kathryn Patterson, Dave Smith, Bobby Ramjist, Barb Peters, Jeanne Genier and Paulette Cronin. Morin photo

WINCHESTER – For the next week or so, Winchester’s Foodland will be taking in donations for children’s mental health, with all of the proceeds from the event going to CHEO.

Foodland, as a member of the Sobey family is taking part in the fundraiser.

Store owner, Dan Pettigrew was front and centre last week announcing the Sobey initative at his store.

Kicking the event off was the Winchester Downtown Committee with a generous donation of $1,000.

Shoppers can donate $2 as they pass through the grocery store’s cash.

Collectively, the 13 children’s hospitals see over 5,000 children and youth every day. They treat the most critical cases, which tend to be a family’s first point of contact with mental health care, and are usually the largest local mental health care provider. Moreover, 40 per cent of children with a chronic health problem have a concurrent mental health challenge, meaning many referrals to mental health services come from other hospital departments. These mental health departments offer unrivalled care and benefits, including:

– Being home to world-leading experts;

– Driving research that puts new knowledge and tools in the hands of frontline care providers;

– Partnering with local communities to build mental health care capacity across the system through education and outreach;

– Pivotal anchor points for regional tele-psychiatry networks that extend into remote communities.

Each hospital foundation profiled here has identified a critical program that will be made possible through the support of the Sobey Foundation, Sobeys Inc., their 127,000 teammates and generous customers. Within each program, the children’s hospitals and the communities they support will have the ability to increase care and education through assessments, treatment spaces, people trained, and patients served.

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