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TD Bank Supports CAS

May 9, 2013 permalink

TD Bank has donated $75,000 to Windsor-Essex CAS. That is in addition to the $25,000 donated last month by Rose City Ford.



Children's Aid gets cash contribution

The Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society has received a contribution of $75,000 from TD financial to support the construction of the Bill and Dot Muzzatti Child and Family Centre.

The centre, currently under construction, is part of the $4.4-million, two-floor expansion of the society's building on Riverside Drive, designed to provide enhanced services to children, youth and families, said Mike Clark, manager of public relations and fund development for the society.

The concept is to provide a "spacious and inviting" environment for parent and child visitations.

The project was spearheaded by a $1.25 million gift from Dorothy Muzzatti, her late husband Bill, and the Muzzatti family.

"TD values the great work that the Children's Aid Society does," said Eric Griggs, divisional vice-president of retail for TD Financial. "This support is an investment in children and youth, who are the future of our community."

Source: Windsor Star

Addendum: Vern Beck suggests a campaign to get TD Bank to correct its actions.



Vernon Beck

In May of 2013, Mr. Erick Griggs, the Regional Vice President of the TD Bank donated $75,000 to the Children's Aid Society, an organization in which CAS workers are breaking the law. All justice minded individuals are encouraged to participate in a campaign to help ensure that TD Bank does not donate any further money to the CAS until all front line CAS workers are registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers as required by law. This campaign is open to all. Visit to join in with this campaign. Please share this message so that others can join in the campaign as well.

In addition, download the attached Pdf file about TD financial donating money to CAS and save it on your computer. Print out copies of the article to distribute to all the TD branches in your community. Simply walk into the TD branch and hand out 3 or 4 copies to tellers and if you have any extra copies hand them out to customers and then turn around and leave the TD branch. Pass the fliers to anyone you see walking into the TD Branch.

Join in. The journey to making our child protection system the best in the world is accomplished with many small steps

Source: Facebook, Reform the CAS NOW

Addendum: CAS wants to build without paying the permit fees charged to other developments.



Children's Aid Society wants $70K from city

Agency asking to be reimbursed for fees and permits related to construction of addition

The Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society is asking for a financial break from Windsor council.

The agency is looking for a refund of almost $70,000.

Children's Aid is looking for money spent on building permit fees, development charges and grants for the construction of a two-storey addition to the building on Riverside Drive East.

"The society is receiving no funding from the Province of Ontario for this project. It is being supported solely by donations and fundraising efforts," said Mike Clark, manager of public relations and fund development with the society. "We are appreciative of our long-standing relationship with the City of Windsor including the city's support in waiving fees associated with the 2002 construction of the Riverside building."

The city's planning and economic development standing committee has sent the request from the Children's Aid Society directly to council for its decision.

"We provide some form of service to one in 10 children in Windsor and Essex County, with over 75 per cent of our business being in the city of Windsor," Clark said. "This was a prime reason for location our headquarters in Windsor."

Source: CBC

Addendum: CAS gets their fee waived.



Childrens’ Aid Society gets city break

Mike Clarke
Mike Clarke, manager of public relations and fund development with the Children's Aid Society, addresses city council at city hall in Windsor on Monday, September 9, 2013.

City council on Monday night ignored the recommendation of administration and voted to waive more than $68,000 in building fees and development charges tied to an expansion of the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society’s facility at 1671 Riverside Dr. E.

Ward 9 Coun. Hilary Payne, who cast the lone dissenting vote, warned council it could now expect a flood of similar applications from other agencies and organizations.

CAS manager of public relations Mike Clark said the entire expansion cost of $4.5 million was being raised in the community and that none of the forgiven city funds being sought would be going toward administration costs. The two-storey addition, with an official opening Nov. 21, is aimed at providing enhanced services to children, youth and families, he said.

Clark said there are more than 630 children currently in care and that one in 10 children from the local area benefit from the CAS programs and shelter.

City CAO Helga Reidel said provincially funded organizations “generally” get rejected for such municipal relief.

Ward 8 Coun. Bill Marra said an exception was warranted here because the entire expansion is being funded through community fundraising, and the CAS and its operations have “a direct impact on our social services department.”

Ward 6 Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac suggested the city take another look at the governing policy that council just approved last year.

Ward 5 Coun. Ed Sleiman moved approval of the $68,452 CAS refund request. “Why do we waive? Because we care about our community,” he said, citing recent precedence with Habitat for Humanity ($527,000 waived) and the John McGivney children’s centre ($166,000 forgiven).

Source: Windsor Star

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