Hello everyone

Thank you to everyone who supported #healingthevoicewithin Fundraiser which took place on Thurs. Oct. 3. Thank you to our sponsors LiUNA! Ontario Provincial District Council, LiUNA! Local 183, Local 27 The Carpenters Union, Z103.5, Jellinek Law, Humber Faculty of Community and Social Services, The National Post, A Celebrity Limo, Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Harry James Group, Sketchworks, Stefan Horodeckyj & Family, ALPS Auto, Linda Shick, Julie Samuel, Gualtieri Family, Knights of Columbus, Diamond & Diamond Law, Sloppy Joes & Freedom International Brokerage Company. Photos by Edison Yao, Unicorn Studios. Performance by Shaan Punjab Dee.

Thank you to our amazing MC Mr. Roger Petersen, Co-host Breakfast TV. Thank you to our talented live artists Natia Lemay, Montina Guiry & Ted Nisker. Thank you to artists who donated their artwork including Farhee Chundrigar, Andrea Robin and the family of Catherine McAvity.

Thank you to our staff including Stephanie Alves, Maria Barcelos, Paula Cordeiro, Brad Hutchinson. Thank you to the fabulous team of volunteers and students who helped with the event including Zada, Carolina, Vy, Diane, Emily, Kelsey, Alexandra, Tsering, Taiden, Ana Lisa, Tinnae, Sasha, Ranjini, Sadiah, Sebastian, Muzam, Ashley, Courtney, Farieza, Kaydia, Camila, Mindy, and Tiffany.

Thank you to the 22nd Division Rover Team including Tyson Bajwa, Holly O’Keefe, Hanna Sajdak, Cindy Gosine and Noor Husain.

Special thank you to MPP Hogarth and MPP Sheref El Sabawy, our wonderful guest speakers Chris deGale, RCMP, Supt., Officer in Charge – Assistant Criminal Operations Officer “O” Division Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, RCMP, Dr. Susan Mackenzie, Psychiatrist, Michael Garron Hospital, and Leticia Gracia, MSW, RSW, Director of the Community Clinic at The George Hull Centre.

Thank you our superb Honorary Chairs: Mr. Joseph Mancinelli, Ms. Silvia Gualtieri, Mr. Tony Vella, Dr. Alok Mukherjee, Mr. Chris Campbell, Mr. Pat Di Donato and Mr. David Butt. Thank you to our fundraiser committee members including Lia Antonova, Julie Samuel, Lacey Ford, Ed Gallant, Dr. Mary Grogan, Silvia Gualtieri, Grazia Meade, Stefan Horodeckyj, Milton Ferguson Tony Vella, and Lorne Simon.

Please see message from Arthur Lockhart, Founder Emeritus, The Gatehouse below.

I just want to say thank you for being a part of Healing The Voice Within. There are so many journeys we all go on in our life-exciting, intimidating,daunting, joyful,so very many, but when one takes the time long enough to PAUSE in their own journey, to hear the voice of another person in such a way that they get to reclaim their voice, to reclaim their life, well that now is truly magical. And this is precisely what you did last night. Your being at Healing The Voice Within enables the Gatehouse to continue the work that it has been engaged in for over the past 21 years. So often we will hear: “someone should do something about that (any social justice issue)” but no one does-except in this instance you did-you did do something about the epidemic of sexual abuse. And no one can ever take that away from you-you helped another human being, a person you may never ever meet; they may pass you on a sidewalk, sit across from you at a restaurant, cheer beside you at a sporting event, a total stranger, enjoying life because of you. What a wonderful gift you gave to all of us. With affection.

Arthur Lockhart Founder Emeritus The Gatehouse

Please see a message from Arthur Lockhart, Founder Emeritus, The Gatehouse below.

I just want to say thank you for being a part of Healing The Voice Within. There are so many journeys we all go on in our life-exciting, intimidating, daunting, joyful,so very many, but when one takes the time long enough to PAUSE in their own journey, to hear the voice of another person in such a way that they get to reclaim their voice, to reclaim their life, well that now is truly magical. And this is precisely what you did last night. Your being at Healing The Voice Within enables the Gatehouse to continue the work that it has been engaged in for over the past 21 years. So often we will hear: “someone should do something about that (any social justice issue)” but no one does-except in this instance you did-you did do something about the epidemic of sexual abuse. And no one can ever take that away from you-you helped another human being, a person you may never ever meet; they may pass you on a sidewalk, sit across from you at a restaurant, cheer beside you at a sporting event, a total stranger, enjoying life because of you. What a wonderful gift you gave to all of us. With affection.

Arthur Lockhart Founder Emeritus The Gatehouse

About Healing the Voice Within Fundraiser

“Healing the Voice Within” is The Gatehouse’s Annual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction. The event raises awareness and funds to support The Gatehouse, a charitable organization that provides support, resources, and community to survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Healing the Voice Within is an extension of The Gatehouse’s mission to provide a safe place where everyone has a voice and can feel empowered.

•The event is a one-of-a-kind art exhibit that gives voice and healing to those traumatized by childhood sexual abuse. Art is empowering as it puts into pictures and words the trauma, struggles and challenges that are indescribable to many survivors.

•Dozens of powerful art images, donated by local artists, will be on display. The event will also include live painters, entertainment, and auctions!

•Funds raised support the life-saving programs at The Gatehouse. Art Therapy offers abuse survivors the opportunity to break the silence and is just one of the many therapeutic initiatives at our organization. See https://thegatehouse.org/the-gatehouse-fact-sheet/ for our full list of programs and services.