Partnering for youth-at-risk


Bill Murdoch MPP

Melody Acres Farm of Owen Sound was the site of much celebration as local MPP Bill Murdoch together with Partners in Process Equine Learning Centre announced a new $36,200 grant to help kick off a new youth-at-risk program at that centre.

This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will pay for the development of a new counseling program for youth who are at risk of becoming involved in misdeeds.
Im pleased that Trillium is supporting the work of the centre. Were giving our youth the tools and supports they need to help them reach their full potential and to develop better skills to become more confident thinkers and doers,"said Murdoch, who was flanked by OTF representative, Frank Coulter, at the
press conference held at Melody Acres Farm on the outskirts of Owen Sound.

With the help from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Partners in Process Equine Learning Centre will be able to develop and deliver an equine-assisted counseling program for youth in Grey and Bruce counties who have experienced loss or trauma through death, illness or separation from their families.

Program director Melanie Gray was very pleased about the donation.

On behalf of PIP we are honoured to receive what I call a gift from Trillium in our efforts to help in the Bruce-Grey Communities, said Gray.

The Equine Assisted program uses horses as the teaching tool, and includes Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) programs. The organization has been using these programs to work with the Children's Aid Society and Rocklyn Academy.

The centre also offers others workshops that range from dealing with autism to self-esteem, team building, and equine sports activities. Their mission is to provide a safe place that offers children, youth, young adults and groups the opportunity to move forward in life through interaction with the horses.

For more information contact: Melanie Gray, Program Director, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Partners in Process Equine Learning Center, 519-372-2527

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