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Nine new phones and a new system were installed at the Children’s Treatment Centre in January, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Desjardins.

“We applied for a donation… from Desjardins through their Sponsorships and Charitable Partnerships program. The donation we have received from Desjardins helped us to update our telephone system,” reads a CTC press release. “It is extremely important that the centre have a proper/updated telephone system to be able to communicate with the clients and/or families we serve, and the public which consists of donors, supporters, and volunteers who have supported the centre for the past 26 years.”

CTC executive director Robert Smith said it was time for an upgrade as the new system has features the centre need. The telephones the centre was using until this year were provided by Milton Ellis, former publisher of the Standard-Freeholder, who gave the centre the company’s outgoing phone system when it upgraded its phones some 15 years ago.

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“We have voicemail and now the system allows our voicemail to go to our email. So if a counsellor happens to be off-site, when they access their email the voicemail… will come right up on their email, which is something we didn’t have before. There’s a lot more features,” said administrative assistant Robine Sabourin.

Smith emphasized how these types of donations are vital to the organization as they fall outside of fundraising efforts and help keep the centre running. The centre’s main fundraising efforts focus on providing counselling services to clients,

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“Desjardins has been supporting CTC for a long time. So this was just again to continue that support for the community. We think it’s very important,” said Valerie Doré, a Desjardins board of directors member.

“We wish to thank Desjardins for this generous donation and its continued involvement in helping to maintain the service the centre offers to child abuse victims and their families in Cornwall and SDG,” reads the CTC press release.

Founded in 1996, the CTC provides free, confidential counselling to children and youth from Cornwall, SDG, and Akwesasne. Since it opened in 1996, nearly 3,000 children from over 2,500 families have attended the centre. There is continual need for the centre’s services. 

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