October 10, 2023
The $1 million commitment over four years will support 700 youth across five Canadian cities and focus on Black and Indigenous children.
TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2023 /CNW/ - Sun Life is announcing a new partnership with Children's Aid Foundation of Canada (the Foundation) with $1 million in funding committed over four years. The funding will help launch the Sun Life Bright Futures Kids Wellness Program, a pan-Canadian mental health prevention initiative for young people living in government care. The program is expected to directly support 700 youth ages 6-18, with a focus on Black and Indigenous children.
"Children's Aid Foundation of Canada is doing critical work to expand access to mental health care across the country," said Jacques Goulet, President, Sun Life Canada. "This new program will help improve mental health outcomes for the most vulnerable in our communities."
Sun Life's funding will support the inclusion of mindfulness modules withing existing programs at the Foundation's partner agencies in Waterloo, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Fredericton.
"Mental health services have always been especially hard to access for youth involved in the child welfare system. Black and Indigenous youth, whose trauma and alienation can be compounded when placed with foster families that don't reflect their cultural identity, face even greater barriers," said Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Children's Aid Foundation of Canada. "Our new partnership with Sun Life demonstrates our shared commitment to the holistic health and well-being of children and youth in care and to ensuring access to the support they need to thrive."
This funding brings Sun Life's total donations in support of mental health in Canada to more than $7.1 million since 2020.
Sun Life's partnership with the Foundation aligns to its Purpose of helping people live healthier lives. Committed to building healthy, diverse, and more sustainable communities, Sun Life sees mental health as a universal right and strives to maximize its positive impact by taking steps to remove systemic barriers for Canadians. From partnerships and philanthropy to products and services, Sun Life is working to address the growing demand for mental health support and programming in Canada.
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Investing in mental health programming and services is vital as demand grows. Supporting the needs and wellbeing of vulnerable populations is key to a healthy and sustainable future for Canada. To learn more about how Sun Life is making a difference in the community, go to sunlife.com/sustainability/.
Sun Life is sustainability-driven, focusing on areas where it can have the greatest impact. By actively supporting the communities in which Sun Life lives and works, the organization can help build a positive environment for Clients, employees, advisors, and shareholders. Physical health and mental health are at the centre of our philanthropic support, with a focus on supporting programs and organizations that strive to empower Canadians to live their healthiest lives no matter where they are in their journey. Sun Life employees and advisors take great pride in volunteering and giving back to make life brighter for individuals and families across Canada.
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Children's Aid Foundation of Canada is our country's leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth involved in the child welfare system. Our vision is a future where the children and youth we serve have the strength and resilience to create a lifetime of their own unstoppable successes. We raise and grant funds and deliver a wide range of high-impact programs and services in partnership with 104 child- and youth-serving agencies across the country. Last year, we supported more than 15,000 children, youth, and families.
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