There is something so wonderful about the freshness that comes with spring. Longer days, new life and when the sun is shining it seems like there are so many more people smiling. It’s also a time when people often undertake refreshing, renovating and updating of various spaces – homes, gardens, offices, relationships and other important “spaces” in their lives.
Easter long weekend this year will mark a special “refresh” point for the Burnaby Counselling Group (BCG). We are giving our Burnaby office space a much needed refresh, to including new flooring, fresh paint and brand new furniture. Do you know that we moved into our current space 14 years ago, and haven’t updated the space since? Our refresh is going to provide a fresh new modern and yet still warm and inviting space for the people that we serve.
We know that many of you in our network are passionate about the work that we do at BCG and that you have personally experienced or known of others through your referrals to us that have experienced the transformation and growth that can be achieved through a counselling relationship. You love knowing what we are up to and you always want be a part of it. So, we want to let you know how you can play a part in our refresh.
We expect to invest around $18,000 in our spring refresh, and we invite you to make a tax deductible donation of any size to contribute to this refresh. If you want to donate to our refresh, click below or call 604.430.1303 and we can take your donation over the phone.
There are several very specific and tangible things we need donations for and they include:
$1000 donation to fully furnish one of our seven counselling rooms with new chairs, tables and lamps – we need seven, $1,000 donations
$2,500 donation to furnish our waiting area with new chairs, tables and lamps – we need one, $2,500 donation
$500 donation towards our new flooring and paint – we need eighteen, $500 donations to fund these things
For donations to furnish a counselling room ($1,000) or our waiting area ($2,500), please let us know if we can honor your gift by naming you as a donor on a plaque in our office, or if you’d like your gift to be in honor of someone we can name that individual as well.
Many of you are active donors to our subsidy fund that provides access to counselling for individuals who may otherwise not be able to access counselling. We’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that because of your generosity, our subsidy fund is the strongest it has been in many years, and we are approving ALL qualifying subsidy applications without a waitlist at this time. Thank you as always for supporting this cause.
Finally, as a reminder, our 2017 Mountains for Mental Health fundraising hike is set for June 24. All funds raised through this annual hike will go into our subsidy fund for our new subsidy fund year beginning July 1. Be sure to register and donate to the hike at www.doneinaday.org. Registration opens soon.
As a local mental health organization providing clinical counselling, consultation, training and support in mental health initiatives, we are so appreciative of the BELL LET’S TALK DAY, which is today, January 25, 2017. In my role as Executive Director at the Burnaby Counselling Group, I am particularly passionate about this, as today also happens to be my son’s 12th birthday, and this son of mine lives with a serious mental illness.
The Burnaby Counselling Group acknowledges the incredible leadership of Bell in this initiative, aimed at ending stigma.
From time to time, all children experience anxiety. For example, many children are anxious on their first day of school. Many are anxious about sleeping in the dark, seeing “monsters”, meeting a stranger or learning to swim or ride a bike. For most of these children, anxiety is typically a part of a developmental phase and is something they eventually grow out of.