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Community Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca

Posted on: November 19th, 2015

(Parry Sound, ON)  On Friday, November 13, 2015, the community of Parry Sound celebrated the grand re-opening of Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca’s newly renovated space at 2 May Street, Parry Sound. Dignitaries, community partners, children and families came to tour the space, learn about Hands’ services in Parry Sound and to connect with staff.

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Caite Bourque (Youth Member, Hands Board of Directors), MPP Norm Miller, Michelle Dermenjian, (Senior Manager at Hands), Jeffrey Hawkins (Executive Director at Hands)

Caite Bourque (Youth Member, Hands Board of Directors), MPP Norm Miller, Michelle Dermenjian, (Senior Manager at Hands), Jeffrey Hawkins (Executive Director at Hands)

“We are proud to be part of this community; we have a rich history with the West Parry Sound area. It was important for us to create a space that allows clients and families to receive the support that they need, in the space that they deserve.” said Jeffrey Hawkins, Executive Director with Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca.  “Last year alone, our team at Hands provided more than 14,000 services to help and support children, youth and families in our region.”

Hands serves the community of Parry Sound by providing services in Autism, Child and Youth Mental Health, Early Intervention, Developmental Disabilities, as well as Community Programs and Justice Service.

Hands’ Parry Sound building underwent an expansion and completed extensive renovations to better serve the West Parry Sound community, with the diversity of services that Hands now provides. Enhancements included an accessible elevator as well as improved therapy rooms and offices to ensure an effective space for clients and families to receive support. In addition, Hands now has the capacity to offer all of their services under one roof, with Autism Services, previously located at a separate site, now joining the team on May Street.

Caite Bourque, youth member on the Hands’ Board of Directors, commented “the building offers countless opportunities to make changes in the lives of our clients and families, in the lives of people in our town, and in the lives of staff.”

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