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Quinte Health was honoured to be the backdrop for a good news announcement impacting Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, Kingston, and the Thousand Islands. The Ontario government is investing over $2.5 million to increase access to pediatric services for children and youth in the region so they have the care they need, when they need it, right in their own community. The Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre is receiving $799,262 toward Children’s Rehabilitation and Preschool Speech and Language Programs.  

Local MPPs Todd Smith and Ric Bresee were joined at the announcement by government colleagues Dawn Gallagher Murphy, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Nolan Quinn, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.  

Stacey Daub, President and CEO, Quinte Health, delivered the following message in response to the announcement:

Today, we collectively acknowledge the significance of strengthening the areas in which our children are vulnerable. This funding is more than a financial contribution; it is an investment in the potential and future of our community.

There is no greater investment than cultivating the potential of our children. This funding will play a pivotal role in enhancing the services provided by the Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre, strengthening our ability to serve children, youth, and their families in the communities we are privileged to be a part of.

I want to take a moment to express my deepest appreciation to the government for recognizing the importance of this cause and for standing beside us as we work towards creating healthier communities together. This investment is a testament to the belief that our children are our greatest asset, and nurturing their well-being is a shared responsibility.

I am immensely proud of the remarkable interprofessional team here at the Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre. They exemplify our aspirations of care, connection and compassion and make a tremendous impact on the well-being of our community’s youngest members. To each member of our team, I extend my heartfelt gratitude.

I would like to take a moment to share a success story that demonstrates the importance of collaboration, a trauma-informed approach, and a strength-based lens. This involves a child with an extremely complex background.

When this child was first connected to the Quinte Children’s Treatment Centre, they did not have a support team and were suspended from school indefinitely. Through the hard work of the family, school, our occupational therapist, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder worker, as well as the paediatrician and community services, this child was able to experience early intervention, safe and trusted relationships, and a brighter future where they felt seen, loved, and had a sense of belonging.

The team collaborated to fill the gaps in service, build a community support network, and ensure the family’s lived experience was at the forefront of intervention. These collaborative efforts have resulted in the child now excelling both at home and school.  “It takes a village to raise a child” – is a message well worth listening to.

Let us embrace this moment with a sense of shared purpose and determination. Together, we can continue our collective efforts to shape a future where every child in our community can thrive, regardless of the challenges they may face.  We can create healthier communities. Together.