There is so much excitement building for the January Climb for Kids with Ken Steeves. He has been working hard to collect donations not for the journey itself but for the young men at the King Street Detention Centre and Genest Detention Centre in London.
Here is the clip with CTV News: CTV Video Clip
Any amount you are able to donate will support Anago with providing more opportunities for these young males in hopes that they too can get on the right track in life and conquer any mountains they are faced with.
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The fundraising has begun!
Ken, friends and family are working hard to gain awareness about the January Climb for Kids on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Ken was offered an opportunity to speak with Lisa Brandt and Ken Eastwood from CJBK about the Climb for Kids.
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Imagine being raised in an environment where you do not feel safe at home – some, most or all of the time. Imagine the one(s) you turn to in time of need not being there when you need them most. I was raised in a similar atmosphere where both of my parents struggled with alcohol. Almost every weekend, they turned to alcohol and it often times got violent. When sober, they were amazing! When intoxicated…not so much so. (As an aside, my mother passed away a number of years ago from cancer and I’m proud to say my dad for several years now rarely consumes alcohol!) I am not perfect, but I was fortunate to find what I consider the right paths in life. Unfortunately, many in similar and varying related circumstances do not. Being a police officer in London, Ontario, I sadly see the results of this far too often.
I am currently a board member for a wonderful non-profit organization that provides young males who’ve found themselves in conflict with the law, opportunities to learn that life does not have to continue down this path. Anago operates both King Street Detention Centre and Genest Detention Centre in London (among services for other vulnerable individuals within London and other surrounding communities) and strives to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for all. www.anago.on.ca
A couple years ago, I had a life-changing experience after my wife paid for a skydive for me (silly me for mentioning I’d like to try it ). Jumping from a plane 8000′ in the sky (and surviving), made the inspirational statement of “being able to do anything you want in life” a reality for me. After that, I thought “what next?”! After meeting a couple people who had climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, I then started thinking about tackling the challenge. With the support and encouragement of my wife, I committed to the challenge of climbing and summiting the 19,341′ high mountain in Africa…in January 2017.
Realizing that we’re all faced with many mountains throughout our lives – some more difficult to climb than others – I am incorporating this fundraising initiative with my climb for Mount Kilimanjaro. Any amount you are able to donate will support Anago with providing more opportunities for these young males in hopes that they too can get on the right track in life and conquer any mountains they are faced with.
Anago (Non) Residential Resources Inc. is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency (charitable registration #: 11908 0422 RR0001). A tax receipt will be provided for any donation exceeding $20 upon request and receipt of your full name and mailing address. Please send request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to London Community Foundation for choosing Anago to be the “Spotlight Charity” on CJBK’s Ask the Expert – Charity Spotlight radio show. This provided the opportunity for Anago to give an overview of the Anago/Outward Bound Summer Experience Program, how Anago came to be linked with London Community Foundation and to talk about the multiple donors London Community Foundation has linked with Anago to fund the Summer Experience Program. Keep Reading…
The kick-off of a unique new program between Anago-Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence (APR) and Outward Bound was celebrated on Thursday, July 17th in Parkhill. Pictured front row, from left to right, are Jolene Aarts (Program Manager for Anago), Katie Manning (Outward Bound Youth Coordinator), Ryan McMamee (Outward Bound Youth Coordinator) and Terri MacCupsey (Program Manager for Anago), second row, from left to right, Mandy Bennett (Executive Director for Anago), Ken Steeves (Board of Directors for Anago and representative from London Police Services), Jim MacGregor (North London Sobeys Store Manager), Martha Powell (London Community Foundation), Carole Metron (Columbia Sportswear) and Chris Halls (Michael Halls Social Services Foundation), back row, from left to right, Sarah Wiley (Outward Bound), Janny Hughes (Anago Representative), Martin Cooke (Board of Directors for Anago), Diane Silva (London Community Foundation), Sherri Preszcator (London Community Foundation), Sherri Patkus (Front End Supervisor for Home Depot Canada), Cathy Donmore (London Community Foundation), Lori Ronciman (London Community Foundation), Gerry Crosby (Home Depot Representative) and Eric Halls (Michael Halls Social Services Foundation).
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“We were excited and anxious to wake up and put all of our gear on…we don’t have to focus on anything that happened in the house, we can just go outside and go on with our day, work with the instructors. We can talk to them if we need to so it’s really open.”
This 14 year-old-girl’s identity is not disclosed, but she and others from Anago-Parkhill girls’ residence are finding unconventional ways to learn this summer through an outdoor program that teaches camping and survival skills from the ground up.
“It helps us with leadership and helps us work together,” said another girl,12.
Last year, due to a cut through the Ministry of Education, Anago-Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence (APR) for girls had a summer without a summer school program for the first time. The 52-year-old, 11-bed residence takes in girls from as far as Toronto and Windsor aged 12-18. Some have families that remain in their lives while others depend mostly on the relationships within Anago and the community.
“They come to us for all reasons in all ways but most of them come to us because they come from pretty abusive backgrounds, lots of trauma and all of them have some type of mental health issues.
What we really see is A, this is their school here and they get two teachers through the WD Sutton School and they used to get all-year-round schooling. Because education is a big part of our girls being successful, we know without a doubt without education they will struggle,” said program manager Jolene Aarts last week.
Many girls also need the buffer of summer school to succeed in accumulating credits and extracurriculars. Summer school provided a way to continue the girls’ development of self efficacy, leadership and positive thinking and resilience. With the program gone, staff needed to think outside the box, Aarts said, and it helped to have friends in high places.
When Anago executive director Mandy Bennett climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Outward Bound Canada (OBC) exec Sarah Wiley several years ago, planting the Anago flag at the mountain top fostered a partnership between the two organizations, Aarts explained.
“I think the reason she really got to the top of the mountain is because she wanted to do it for the girls. What would happen if our girls had the same opportunity that she did? How would that change their lives for the better?” she said.
Anago staff have worked with OBC to develop a program proposal for the last year-and-a-half to develop an outdoor summer program for the home’s girls in Parkhill. Initially, the dream was to send the girls abroad on excursions.
“We had a couple of girls go on excursions and they weren’t ready because they had no skills in order to [succeed].”
The girls needed to learn some basics first, Aarts said They had to experience an otherwise ordinary, yet to them at the time extraordinary experience of camping before they could partake in more complex activities.This summer’s program, launched July 14 in Anago’s back yard, is not just a first step towards new skills, but also gives the girls a Grade 11 healthy active living school credit.
Once established, the six-week program received a wave of sponsorship from various organizations and companies, the girls were even outfitted with equipment to use and wear while canoeing, hiking, circuits and learning camping skills. Two Anago staff work with Outward Bound instructors to tackle both the educational and therapeutic concerns. Anago often provides services for children with the highest needs who have no other place to call home, Aarts said. The goal of the summer program is to open a door to new experiences and opportunities for the girls.
Outward Bound Canada (OBC), started in 1969, is part of an international non-profit that provides programs and courses around travel and exploration assisting youths and adults in times of difficulty or transition according to the organization’s website.
Many kids working with OBC have limited experience and knowledge of nature, due to life in urban centres, said instructor Katie Manning. She added, the Anago program takes girls through the steps gradually.
“Outward Bound’s philosophy is very much about using the outdoors to facilitate learning…We want to get them out, get them involved with nature learning their ecosystems and cycles. We have some girls that have just excelled wonderfully…it’s been amazing to see their faces when you get them into an activity and see them have fun. For some of the girls, just getting them to smile is like ‘we did it!’ ”
The program is quite unique. Aarts said, wilderness programs tend to be geared more towards boys. OBC instructors and Anago staff will hold short camp outings in Pinery Provincial Park, and overnight camps at the Anago property in Parkhill.
“If we can provide them with these types of opportunities where they can be successful moving forward regardless who is in their lives, then…,” Aarts said.
Building a camp fire also means knowing how to put one out, she said, and such lessons can go beyond the scope of simple camping excursions.
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Check out the latest edition of SNAP London for pictures of Anago’s spectacular May 3, 2013 charity event which raised over $15,500 for Youth Justice!
Anago was thrilled to be featured as the lead story on CBC’s Ontario Morning.
Click here to listen to our Executive Director Mandy Bennett speak about Anago and our upcoming May 3rd Theatre Gala with CBC’s Kerry McKee.
Our Executive Director, Mandy Bennett, sat down with London Community News to discuss Anago and our upcoming May 3rd charity event.
Read the story here.
By: Eric Nixon,
A large crowd turned out on November 14th to celebrate the opening of the new teaching kitchen at the Anago-Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence.
Because these things will change
Can you feel it now?
These walls that they put up to hold us back will fall down
This revolution, the time will come
For us to finally win.
In a heartfelt moment during the opening of the sparkling new teaching kitchen at the Anago-Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence, one of its brave young students sang these words proudly from Taylor Swift’s “Change.” It was a perfect representation of what this addition means to the eleven young students who call the Residence home.
As Anago Executive Director Mandy Bennett says, “I’m ecstatic. The community pulled together and believed in the girls. The girls believed in themselves. You heard her sing. I’ve never seen that here where, in front of people they don’t know, that they would give such a gift of themselves.” Keep Reading…
Eric Nixon, Editor
The Parkhill Gazette
September 6, 2012
As a new teaching kitchen at the Anago-Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence turns a formerly unused area in the facility’s century-old school into a beautiful, practical facility, it’s not hard to see how all the work that’s gone into the project will, ultimately, lead to a transformation in the residence’s students, as well. In addition to all the work that ‘Team Depot’ volunteers from area Home Depots are doing, the 13 female students at the facility are already learning valuable skills along the way. Keep Reading…
Eric Nixon, Editor
The Parkhill Gazette
August 23, 2012
The residents at Anago-Parkhill Therapeutic Care Residence will soon be cooking in style thanks to a big helping hand from Team Depot. Over 20 employees from various Home Depot locations around the region are donating their time and many generous companies have provided their products – all to help create a brand new teaching kitchen at the Residence’s school.
Rachael Charley, the District Manager for Home Depot, says “I called this ‘Women helping young women,’ and really wanted to get a good group of ladies together from Home Depot to be the ones coming and doing the majority of the work and sort of setting that example for these girls and being able to say, ‘Listen, we’re here to kind of inspire you a bit.’” Keep Reading…