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.
“I’m pleased that Trillium is supporting the work of the centre.
We’re 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
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
“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