What two mothers had to say about the services they received from the Children’s Treatment Centre
Standard-Freeholder -by Lois Ann Baker on Monday, June 20, 2016
It was a very special night on Friday for the Children’s Treatment Centre as more than 200 people attended the centre’s 20th anniversary celebration.
But the highlight of the evening was when two very brave women stood up and told the packed room how their lives were impacted by the CTC.
Susan (not her real name) placed a rock with the name Bob on it on the podium before she started speaking.
“For me CTC is a safe haven,” she said. “Where you walk in, are greeted with a smile from a friendly receptionist. We are on a first-name basis, not a number and we are treated with respect.”
Susan said the eldest of her two sons started to receive counselling from Bob Smith, executive director of the centre.
“A few months later Bob realized my oldest should be in a residential treatment facility,” she said. “And he was right. But he didn’t just give up on my son. He was right there every step of the way making sure my son received the best care available.”
Susan said they had to deal with a number of different agencies and Smith was always there offering support.
“He has been my rock. The one I go to when I need help,” she said. “He is honest and straight to the point. Bob has given me a lot of strength to help hold my family together. There have been some ups and downs throughout the years.”
She thanked Smith and the entire CTC “family” for their continued support throughout the years.
“But none of this would have been available without the help and support from people like you. You have made it possible for CTC to keep their doors open,” she said. “If you ever question yourself on how important your contributions are to a family, I can now say we are in a better place because of you. And I hope you continue to support this organization for many years to come.”
“I would like to share with you my family’s journey with the Children’s Treatment Centre,” said Mary (not her real name). “Several years ago my husband and I adopted a sibling group. Very shortly after that, the oldest had serious attachment issues. We were advised to attend the Children’s Treatment Centre in Cornwall. And we did. This is where we met Bob. With his open face and easy manner, I thought how is he going to help us?”
Mary said something inside of her prompted her to take a second look.
“And that look on Bob’s face said, I know how you feel, I understand. And yes, I can help you become a family like you all want. You have to trust me,” she said. “And trust him we did.”
Shortly after getting her oldest in treatment, another of her children started showing signs of attachment issues.
“And not long after that we again needed Bob’s help. It turns out that adopting can be a little stressful on the soul,” said Mary.
She then said her eldest child disclosed that they had been sexually assaulted and more support was required.
“I became ill after a visit from my parents and needed help myself,” said Mary. “Where to turn for that help? I’m no child, but that didn’t matter to the Children’s Treatment Centre, because they are committed to taking care of the whole family. I spent time with Bob, and with Natalie (Lamarche, therapist), as I too had been sexually assaulted as a child.”
Mary said they still aren’t done with the centre.
“The story of my family is not complete,” she said.
Mary said she wanted to share her story to say thank you.
“As sponsors and partners, I would like to encourage you to continue to support the Children’s Treatment Centre,” she said. You may not see the results due to confidentiality, but the work done by the CTC, in my opinion is God’s work of healing the spirit. Where else can families find hope? Hope is what you offered my family and I hope you continue to be faithful in your support of the Children’s Treatment Centre so it will be there for future generations. You really are a godsend.”