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About Child Witness Centre

We are a registered charity that has been in existence since 1981, led by a Board of Directors with varied backgrounds and professional expertise. We provide support, education and advocacy to young people who are victims or witnesses of abuse or crime, and their families, in Waterloo Region and Guelph and Wellington County.

With only 20% of our overall funding from government sources, the balance needs to be raised in the community on an annual basis. The value of community, caring and compassion shines brightly when we partner together. A huge thanks to all our donors, funders, supporters and volunteers who support us throughout the year, opening your hearts and helping to make a difference in the lives of young people. We are so incredibly grateful and together, we are stronger!

Learn more about Child Witness Centre in our brochure.

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Recent Funding Supporters

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We greatly appreciate the support of Alice and Murray Maitland Foundation towards helping child victims and their caregivers. Our wraparound support will foster positive mental health and wellbeing for brighter futures.

The Astley Family Foundation has provided our agency with wonderful support over the years. Their generosity has gone a long way towards helping local young victims to move forward with positive mental health and wellbeing.

Through the generous funding of Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation, we have been to support many local young victims through the criminal justice system. As we walked with these youth and their caregivers, their trauma was reduced, and futures became brighter!

Every child and youth victim in our community deserves support towards greater mental health, resiliency, and wellbeing. As such, we are so grateful to have been a 2022 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant recipient, to help our mission to push forward!

Through the generosity of Brenda & Dave Walden Family Foundation, we have been able to support many more local child victims and their families. What wonderful support from our community!

Thank you, City of Cambridge, for your strong support! You have helped us to continue meeting the needs of child and youth victims in Cambridge, through our trauma-informed programs. Your investment has changed the trajectory of their lives towards bright futures.

The support of Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario is greatly appreciated as we support children in our communities towards wellbeing and brighter futures.

The Elmira Maple Syrup Festival has been a long-time supporter of our work in the community, particularly in Woolwich Township. Perhaps most visibly, especially to anyone who has attended a Pancake Lunch in the past, the EMSF has provided in-kind donations of maple syrup for our annual event for many years!

We are grateful for the support of City of Guelph towards helping young victims and their families. Together, we are making a difference!

Thank you, Guelph Community Foundation, for providing vital support to children and youth who are victims or witnesses of crime in Guelph and Wellington County. Through early intervention, these young people and their families will experience greater wellbeing and stronger futures.

KW Sertoma Club began supporting our work 30 years ago, prompted by their desire to help sexually abused children. Their generosity continues to this day, with the constant belief that young victims deserve a brighter future.

A big thanks to Lions Club of Cambridge Highlands for supporting our work with local children and youth who have been hurt and harmed by abuse and crime.

Thank you, May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, for your generosity towards helping local young victims and their families. Your support aids in ensuring no barrier exists on their journey towards a brighter future.

Ontario Realtors Care Foundation, in partnership with Waterloo Region Association of Realtors, are investing in a safe haven for local young victims and their families! Thank you for your kindness and compassion for children in our region!

Thank you Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, for your generous support! You have helped build our resilience against the impacts of COVID-19, as we create a safer and heathier community for young people and their families.

Heartfelt thanks to the Optimist Club of Kitchener West for your investment in local young people!

Our sincere thanks to Optimist Club of Lakeshore Village for your generosity towards helping local child and youth victims.

We are grateful for the wonderful generosity of the Optimist Club of Stanley Park to help overcome our waitlist for local kids and their families!

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Thank you, Optimist Club of Twin Cities, for your support of child and youth victims and witnesses, and their families.

Ross and Doris Dixon Charitable Foundation

We are grateful for the incredible support of Ross and Doris Dixon Charitable Foundation over the years. Your generosity has forever changed the lives of so many young victims and their families in Waterloo Region.

Thank you, Rotary Club of Cambridge (Preston & Hespeler), for ensuring more young victims and their families in Cambridge receive the vital support they need.

Thank you, Rotary Club of Cambridge-Sunrise, for your support to help more young people in Cambridge through the investigative and criminal court processes.

We are grateful for the generosity of the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora! Your financial giving has gone towards helping young people, and their families, to experience brighter futures.

The Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga has provided amazing support to our agency over the years! This includes giving major funds to purchase and renovate our Duke Street office in 2013. We were also grateful to receive half the proceeds from their Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament in 2023. Thank you for your "Service Above Self" for local kids and their families.

Thank you, Rotary Club of Kitchener-Westmount, for your wonderful support towards our work with local young victims and witnesses, and their families.

Septimatech Group Inc. has been an incredible supporter of our work over the years. This includes being a top sponsor of our Pancake Lunch for multiple editions. Thank you for being a corporate champion for local young people!

The partnership and support we receive from SVP Waterloo Region is wonderful. This includes the amazing opportunity they provided to participate in Perfect Pitch 2022. This experience helped us to craft and share our message with the community to further our mission!

We are so thankful for our close relationship with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. They are an outstanding employer and partner of our organization. We are particularly grateful for the $75,000 we received in early 2023. This incredible gift enables our team to walk with many more local child and youth victims, and their caregivers, through the criminal justice system. The immediate and long-term impact for these young people, families, and our community is huge.

The heart of our community is demonstrated through how we help our most vulnerable. The generosity of Waterloo Region Community Foundation, and its fundholders, is making this region a greater place for everyone. Your giving is providing wraparound support to local young victims, so they can recover from trauma and move forward with wellness. Thank you!

We are grateful for the funding we received from Women and Gender Equality Canada to help put an end to gender-based violence! This vital support will go towards enhancing our wraparound services, alongside key partners, to meet the current and future needs of female survivors.

The Zonta Club of Guelph has provided funding in support of our Child Witness Program clients in Guelph and Wellington County. We are so grateful!

Thank you, Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, for your amazing support of girls and women, as we help young victims and their caregivers through the criminal justice system.

What's New

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Summer 2024 Newsletter

We are happy to share some exciting news and updates with you!

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1,000 Challenge: Get Involved!

Join in our mission to support all child victims of abuse and crime in our community!

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Celebrating our Collaboration with Coalition of Muslim Women of K-W

A stronger helping hand for local child victims in minority groups.

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Summer 2024 Newsletter

We are happy to share some exciting news and updates with you!

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