What an honour it is to be able to share part of my story at this year’s Gala in the hope of raising funds for the Merrymount Respite Program.
Merrymount has been providing programs and services to London’s families and children since 1874 and is the only centre of its kind in Canada.
Merrymount Children’s Centre was established in 1874 as the Protestant Home for Orphans, Aged and Friendless. When the child welfare system took responsibility for the wardship of orphans in the 1890s, the home began to focus on residential care for children of families in crisis. A new home was built as a Centennial Project in 1967 and at the time of its opening, the name Merrymount was adopted to reflect its non-denominational approach. Today’s facility at 1064 Colborne Street was built in 1991 and hosts a variety of partner program sites, as well as Merrymount’s targeted children’s mental health programs and services.
Please take a few minutes to watch and consider making a donation. XO