Healing the Voice Within Fundraiser in Support of The Gatehouse 

October 4th, 7pm-10pm at the Liberty Grand 

The Oct. 4th Healing Voice Within event helped to raise just over $20,400 that will be directly used to support life-saving programs for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and much-needed awareness of the profoundly devastating impact this has on the lives of victims.

Healing the Voice Within featured powerful art images generously donated by local artists and participants in our programs.  Healing through art therapy is just one of the many valuable programs offered at The Gatehouse in partnership with Full Circle Art Therapy Centre, that teaches positive coping techniques to address the anxiety, nightmares, isolation and, depression resulting from childhood sexual abuse. Thank you to our talented live artists Ted Nisker www.tedniskerart.com and Natia Lemay, https://www.natialemayart.com for their contribution to the event.

We were honored to have the Honorable Peter MacKay, Minister Tibollo, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services of Ontario, RCMP Chief Superintendent Michael LeSage, Inspector Paul Pogue, Peel Police speak about the importance of community partnerships and awareness of the impact of sexual abuse and trauma. We are grateful to the wonderful Wendy Crystal, Today’s Shopping Choice, MC, for sharing her courage and strength. Thank you to the Blue Tie Ride www.bluetieride.ca team!

We are profoundly grateful to Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau who shared a greeting video adding her voice to the event. On behalf of The Gatehouse, thank you Madame Grégoire Trudeau for your powerful words of support and encouragement. No one should suffer in silence. Video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3G8pANrEsU

The Gatehouse is a unique, community-based organization helping those traumatized by childhood sexual abuse. The Gatehouse provides placement to post-secondary students of social work, community, and justice programs; and hosts an annual international conference to build a global network of organizations providing healing and empowerment to those traumatized by childhood sexual abuse within a transformational framework.

We are very much looking forward to our 4th Annual Healing the Voice Within in 2019 and hope we can count on your support of next years’ event. Details to follow soon.

Thank you to our media sponsors included the National Post, Z103.5FM/Jewel 88.5. The event was co-coordinated by MCPR Communications Group, Mr. Lorne Simon and DAMA Event Management Inc., Ms. Lia Antonova. Thank you to our wonderful team of staff, volunteers and to the amazing 22nd Division Rover Crew, The Toronto Police Service, the wonderful Liberty Grand Staff, Kim, and team! Thank you to all sponsors of the event including A Celebrity Limousine, Sketchworks by Jay Smith, Diamond Law, Designer Consigners, Harry James Group, Ryerson University, Stefan Horodeckyj & Family, Knights of Columbus, Marsh Canada Limited, Chubb, David Butt, Lawyer, Humber College School of Social and Community Services, Toyota on the Park, LiUNA!, LiUNA!, Local 183 and Local 27,Carpenters Union. Thank you to Etobicoke School of the Arts for allowing us to use their easels for artwork display.

Some of the feedback from attendees included:

“The Healing the Voice Event was an incredible, inspiring and moving experience”

As a first-time guest, It was a pleasure to be included in the event and appreciative of the work from everyone involved. It was also a pleasure to meet so many like-minded people”.

 “Overall, it was a great event with a good community vibe. I loved it!”

 “Congratulations to the planning committee. It was a beautiful event!”

We are deeply grateful for your generous contribution to the Gatehouse and invite you to visit our facility and our website www.thegatehouse.org for more information about our services.

With sincere thanks,

Maria Barcelos, Executive Director

Thank you to our sponsors: