Thank You OPP Lakeshore!Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Thank you to OPP Lakeshore for their donation that allowed us to purchase flotation devices for our summer camp program. Camp counsellors and children had lots of fun in the pool!
Generous Donation from Rotary Club of LeamingtonWednesday, June 18, 2014
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Leamington for their generous donation to the John McGivney Children's Centre. In the photo, Mary DeGoey, President, presents a cheque to Ilona Schentag, Director of Development.
Congratulations to Dee Chooti and Kelly Humphrey-Recipients of Nurse Practitioner of Ontario Award!Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Staff and clients of JMCC extend our congratulations to Dee Chooti and Kelly Humphrey who both recently were awarded the prestigious Nurse Practitioner of Ontario (NPAO) Award! The article below is taken from the Windsor Star, National Nursing Week 2014, Special Edition, Wednesday, May 7/14:
President's Award Winners
In 2013, nurse practitioners Dee Chooti and Kelly Humphrey were nominated - and won - the prestigious Nurse Practitioner of Ontario (NPAO) Award.
Chooti and Humphrey, both of whom are employed by the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (WECHC), have been caring for clients and families of the John McGivney Children's Centre (JMCC) since 2011. As only one of 21 children's treatment centres in Ontario, Chooti and Kelly have been able to help provide rehabilitative services in a school setting, tending to the needs of children and youth with special needs and disabilities.
The JMCC and WECHC established a partnership,based on a Memorandum of Understanding to provide
primary healthcare, health promotion and disease prevention initiatives to the children and youth enrolled at JMCC. Although the intent of the initiative was to provide care to the JMCC children and youth, the services have even expanded to include the family members and loved ones of the JMCC children and youth. One of the biggest impacts Dee and Kelly have made at JMCC is to provide consultative services within a very short period of time. Families previously experienced economic hardship as well as a long wait time to see a pediatrician specializing in their care and they often had to travel to London. They have established trusting relationships with many children and families and many of the family members have become their clients at WECHC.
Based on the Community Health Centre (CHC) model of care, the initiative supports programs and services designed to eliminate barriers to accessing healthcare. It is widely known that it can take a caregiver hours to ready a special needs or disabled child for his or her appointment with a specialist or primary care provider; by providing these services on site at the JMCC, patients are ensured swift access to care.
"Our goal in this partnership has been to fill that gap," says Chooti, "so that our patients and their families and caregivers have access to preventative care, health promotion, and the time to be able to do it." "Sometimes people with development disabilities are not getting screened for, say, breast cancer - it's just getting missed," adds Humphrey. "Maybe they're in a wheelchair, maybe they can't advocate for themselves. Or maybe there are accessibility issues. Who's going to get them out of their wheelchair, and how?” "The opportunity for us to learn and provide communication, to assess and intervene on behalf of someone with special needs is why we do this. If we can navigate the system , advocate for the patient and their families, we're doing our job."
Dee Chooti has been a nurse for over 25 years. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, and holds
diplomas in Disability Management, Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing (British Columbia). She received her
Master's in Nursing from Athabasca University. Kelly Humphrey is a graduate of the University of
Detroit Mercy; she completed the nurse practitioner program from the University of Windsor in 2009.
Windsor Family Credit Union Supports JMCC!Monday, April 28, 2014
Windsor Family Credit Union supports our community in so many ways! On April 22nd WFCU presented a cheque to the John McGivney Children’s Centre for the purchase of a commode. This important piece of equipment will allow us to transport children in wheelchairs from a change room right into an accessible swimming pool, by use of a ramp. On behalf of all of our children, we sincerely thank the Windsor Family Credit Union for their on-going generosity and wonderful support for children with special needs in our community!
In the picture: (from Left) Marty Gillis, WFCU Chair, Board of Directors, Ilona Schentag, JMCC Director of Development & Marty Komsa, WFCU President & CEO
Thank you W.E. Care for Kids!Friday, April 11, 2014
On behalf of the children and families of the John McGivney Children's Centre, heartfelt thanks are extended to W.E. Care for Kids for their generous donation that will be used to purchase a portable Snoezelen cart; allowing us to bring the benefits of snoelezen to more children in additional spaces within the Centre.
In the picture are, from left to right: Luke and Stephanie Taba, Ilona Schentag, Director of Development, Melanie Malkin, Occupational Therapist, Liz Arkinstall, Board President, W.E. Care for Kids.
John McGivney Awarded the 2013 Dr. Henri Breault AwardMonday, January 20, 2014
On Friday, January 10, 2014, amongst distinguished guests, Mr. John McGivney was honoured with the 2013 Dr. Henri Breault Award. The Town of Tecumseh established the Community Excellence Award in 2000 and annually recognizes recipients for the highest level of excellence and achievement in any field and are the best of Tecumseh's caring and diverse community who stand as a shining example for everyone.
As a nominee John was chosen in recognition for displaying continued dedication and perseverance to a cause or causes that have ultimately benefitted the citizens of the Town of Tecumseh and the general public at large.
AÃ©ropostale Generously Donates Teddy Bears to JMCC ChildrenFriday, January 10, 2014
Twas days before Christmas and all through the Centre, the elves were at work and things couldn't be better. A concert of carols were being sung in the gym and teddy bears delivered by....it could only be him!
psssss....it was Santa’s helpers from Aéropostale Devonshire and Windsor Crossing outlet who donated teddy bears to JMCC school and preschool children....a good time was had by all!
A huge thank you to Aéropostale and their wonderful staff!
Thank you to A.P. Plasman for donation of Bye-Bye Buggy!Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Thank you to A.P. Plasman for their recent purchase of a Bye-Bye Buggy to be used in our preschool!
Little Hands - Big Creations Art AuctionThursday, November 28, 2013
Little Hands – Big Creations” Art Auction took place on Saturday November 16, 2013 and was organized by the business students from the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor. All the art was created by JMCC's preschool children and we extend a huge thanks to our preschool staff who worked so quickly in assisting the children to complete their art work. Over $700.00 in charitable proceeds that was raised from the sale of this delightful art work will benefit our preschool program! This was a well organized, very professionally handled event; and parents and guests who attended had a wonderful time. A special thank you to the Vineyard Church for the use of their building, and our heartfelt appreciation to the Odette School of Business students for their ongoing support to the Centre! They truly are "Friends of the Centre"!
Kindness, Compassion and Generosity!Tuesday, November 12, 2013
On behalf of all children and families of JMCC, our heartfelt thanks to the Scott family for their recent generous contribution and continued support of the Centre. When we think of kindness and compassion, we think of the Scott Family! Jim, Heather and their daughter Jordan, as well as Jim’s mother Mrs. Scott, paid us a visit to learn all about JMCC, but more importantly, to meet and visit with our children. Seen in the photograph with the Scott family is Frankie our “Social Butterfly” who shared his jokes with our guests via his Dynovox talker.