TESTIMONIALS FROM COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND CLIENTS:

“Koala Place the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre of Cornwall & Area, has proven to be an essential support to young people, youth, and their families in negotiating the sometimes confusing path associated with reporting victimization and obtaining help.  It has rapidly become a highly valued and recognizable institution in our community.  In establishing the centre, we have taken a bold and necessary step towards inter-agency collaboration in the interest of providing a top quality and seamless services to victims of sexual assault and abuse.”  Chief of Police Daniel C. Parkinson - Cornwall Community Police Service 

“It is a privilege for our agency to be connected to Koala Place. The intrinsic concept of “helping” is self-evident the minute you walk in the door both aesthetically, philosophically and more importantly in practice. The dominant focus of reducing system induced trauma for child and youth victims of crime is paramount on their journey through a very difficult process.  Our community is fortunate to have Koala Place among those agencies who passionately embrace the need to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and youth.”  Dan O’Rourke, Executive Director - Laurencrest Youth Services Inc.

“The Children’s Aid Society of Stormont Dundas & Glengarry is proud to be a partner of Koala Place. We are so fortunate to have many community partners working together on making Koala Place a welcoming safe place for families, children and youth.”  Rachel Daigneault, Executive Director - The Children’s Aid Society of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry

“Victim Services of SDG&A is proud to play an active role in the services offered at Koala Place.  Partners are dedicated to helping and supporting children, youth and families as they navigate through the system.  Koala Place offers a warm, safe and comforting environment to children and youth during difficult disclosures of abuse.”  Diane Plourde, former Executive Director - Victim services of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry & Akwesasne

 “As a survivor of sexual abuse suffered as a youth, I feel that we are blessed to have Koala Place in our local community.  We are also very fortunate to have such diverse and committed community partners working together for the good of children and youth affected by abuse, as well as of their family members.  I am proud to be part of that team.”  Father Claude G Thibault - Koala Place Board Member, Survivor of Sexual Abuse

 “We remain very fortunate to have Koala Place as our local Child and Youth Advocacy Centre servicing Cornwall, SDG and Akwesasne residents.  We acknowledge all of their good work in assisting children and youth who have been victims of abuse.  These vulnerable children and youth, as well as their families receive the utmost professionalism and empathy from the excellent staff at Koala Place as well as from our partnering community and justice stakeholders. Our mutual goals continue to help and heal all children and youth who have been victimized.”  Carole Cardinal, former Probation Manager - Ministry of Children and Youth Services  

 “The SD&G Detachment of the OPP is a proud partner of Koala Place and as such would like to acknowledge the leadership, dedication and professionalism in the area of child and youth advocacy of all the community partners involved.”  Mike Mulhearn, Interim Detachment Commander  - S.D. & G. Ontario Provincial Police Detachment

“Police investigations are a multiple piece puzzle that fits together to form the big picture for court.  That process is enhanced by the comfort families feel in having a neutral family oriented centre to attend to provide their evidence.” - Anonymous

“The overall ambiance of the centre is calm and welcoming.  It is comfortable and inviting for all those who attend whether it be a victim, their family and/or support or a community partner.” - Anonymous

“The centre provides a safe and inconspicuous meeting place that is open all hours.  They are culturally sensitive and able to provide services in both official languages.” - Anonymous

“I believe that staff at Koala Place will do “whatever it takes” to make sure any gaps or needs in the services are met.” - Anonymous

“The atmosphere provided is child centered and has made a difference with children and families in my role as a child protection worker.” - Anonymous

“As Crowns, we see the end result of an investigation/interview and, thus far, the end product is showing an improvement through using Koala Place.” - Anonymous

“Very happy that the services were offered to help my children through this hard time.” - Anonymous

“The centre allows for the families to access services from one location rather than being sent from place to place, which removes a significant burden from the victim and his/her supporters.” - Anonymous

Koala Place
117 First Street East, Cornwall, ON K6H 1K8

Telephone: 613-935-5437

Registration #: 85148 3453 RR0001

 

Protect a Child. Report Child Abuse.

-The Children's Aid Society of S.D. & G.: 613-933-2292
-Akwesasne Child & Family Services: 613-575-2341

If you suspect a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

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