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Somerset West CHC Receives Donation for Trauma-Informed Care

Thursday, October 15, 2015

It was smiles all around as Jack McCarthy, Executive Director of Somerset West Community Health Centre, and staff from our Mental Health & Addictions and Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre teams accepted a generous $10,000 donation.

The recent donation made to Somerset West Community Health Centre will be invested in training all of the Centre’s staff to provide trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed care means recognizing that people experience different types of trauma in their lives, including emotional and physical abuse and neglect, among others. Many of Somerset West CHC’s clients, including new Canadians and refugees served at the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre, have experienced trauma in their lives. Often, trauma survivors can be  re-traumatized by well-meaning caregivers and community service providers.

According to Anne Christie-Teeter, Manager of Somerset West CHC’s Mental Health & Addictions Program, there is a need for a Centre-wide approach to trauma-informed care. This donation will be used to train all staff to recognize and respond more effectively to our clients experiencing trauma.

Funding of $5,000 was donated by Andrew Parkes, President of Guardian, I.D.A. Enterprise and matched by local businessman Tony Boghossian, owner of Bell Pharmacy.


Somerset West Community Health Centre would like to extend our thanks to I.D.A. Enterprise for their generosity and to Tony for his continued support of our community.