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OTF Resilient Communities Fund to Boost Development Capacity of the Child Witness Centre During Pandemic Recovery

KITCHENER – The Child Witness Centre (CWC) was recently selected to receive a grant of $63,600 by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). Part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund, the grant funding will be used by the Child Witness Centre over a period of 12 months, starting in April 2021, to build upon the agency’s existing development capacity, contributing to: awareness-building, community engagement, and fundraising activities.

Over the next year, the agency will utilize the funding towards several key development projects. Highlights of this work will include bringing on a consultant to strategically enhance CWC’s fundraising and communications plan, developing a video resource library showcasing the impact and building community awareness of the agency’s support of local children and youth, and developing marketing and communications content in celebration of CWC’s milestone 40th Anniversary in 2021-22.

“Dating back to our grassroots origins 40 years ago, we have been providing essential and unmatched supports to the vulnerable young people that have had their lives impacted by crime or abuse,” said Kim Rodrigues, Executive Director of the Child Witness Centre. “As a small agency largely dependent on funding from our community, this support from the OTF will have a tremendous impact by allowing our team to expand on key development initiatives that will not only amplify our cause locally, but also increase our engagement with the donors and stakeholders that are at the foundation of everything we do. Ultimately, this investment will ensure our services are sustainable and accessible to all who need them for many years to come!”

About the Child Witness Centre

The mission of the Child Witness Centre is to provide support, education and advocacy for children and youth under the age of 18 in Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County who are or may become victims or witnesses of abuse or crime. Comprising the agency is a team of caring, compassionate professionals who walk with children, youth, and their families on their journey through the criminal justice process, helping them have a voice and fostering healing, hope and wellbeing.

You can learn more about the Child Witness Centre by visiting the agency’s website at:

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Media Contact

Kim Rodrigues, Executive Director
Child Witness Centre
519-744-0904 x212
[email protected]