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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Maria MacMillan Endowment Fund Grants $3,500 For Mental Health Programs

[North Bay, Ontario] The North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) Foundation, together with Floyd and Ruby MacMillan of North Bay, announce funding grants for six projects at the Health Centre that will enhance programs for mental health patients.

In 2007, the MacMillan family created the Maria MacMillan Endowment Fund for Mental Health in memory of their daughter, serving as both a celebration of her life and a commitment to caring for others. Maria, a Nipissing University graduate with dreams of devoting her life to helping others, passed away on May 6, 2006 after a courageous battle with an eating disorder.

“Our family was devastated when we lost our bright beautiful Maria,” Ruby MacMillan said. “We miss her and mourn her to this day. Having this endowment in her name helps us by knowing that her life is having a meaningful impact by helping others through their illness.”

An Endowment Fund is created by an individual or family through a significant donation. “Each year it is a privilege to honour the memory of Maria and have an impact on mental health care through this grant,” said Tammy Morison, NBRHC Foundation President and CEO “The annual grant is generated from interest earned and the donor can specify where it will provide support—it can be a specific program or area of care within the Health Centre—and the principal is preserved in perpetuity.”

The 2017 Recipients of the Maria MacMillan Endowment Grants are:
WRAP Program - Peer Support Services: A $600 grant will purchase materials for this supportive training program focussed on managing mental illness. It is a recovery model based on – Hope/ Self Advocacy / Education / Self-Responsibility.
Dementia Friendly Environment - B1: A $500 grant will support the implementation of diversional door covers to mitigate exit-seeking behaviour by patients with dementia.
Distress Tolerance Box Project - Mental Health Clinic: A $500 grant will support the Graduation Group Therapy Program Distress Tolerance Box Project. Clients utilize items to manage their emotions and keep this box as part of their wellness plan.
Reducing Barriers Through Transportation - Mental Health Clinic: A $540 grant will purchase bus passes for clients to attend therapy, reducing the barrier of transportation to accessing mental health services.
Classroom Upgrades - Child & Adolescent Mental Health Unit: A $700 grant will support the development of a classroom and educational materials promoting the best learning and concurrent therapeutic progress.
Mindfulness Room - Acute Inpatient Psychiatry: A $600 grant will purchase furnishings for the Mindfulness Room. It is a place for implementing safe coping skills, relaxation and reflection.

For more information on supporting Maria’s endowment fund, or to establish your own family’s fund, contact the Foundation at 705.495.8125.
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