Cornwall Standard Freeholder
By ERIKA GLASBERG [email protected]
The new Adult Community Healing Resouce Centre opened it’s doors for the first time yesteday. To celebrate, the Wisdom Council and survivors of childhood abuse are having a ribbon cutting ceremony along with special speakers and music by the Blue Corn Drummers. (Left) Sharon Simpson, Janet Handy, Adrien St Louis, Ellen Bissonnette, Sue Simser and Selena Tuck.
The new Adult Community Healing Resource Centre opened its doors on Friday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, open house and special guest speakers.
The project was spearheaded by adult survivors of childhood abuse, some of whom were part of the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
“Sometimes, we need someone who has been through the same problem to help you through your journey,” said Lisa Montroy of the Adult Community Resource Centre.
The open house featured a performance by the Blue Corn Drummers who played in a drumming circle, special guest aboriginal elder Irene Lindsay, who performed a ritual opening and closing ceremony as well as words from Mayor, Bob Kilger and other guest speakers.
The centre is open to adults -aged 16 plus -who have experienced childhood abuse. It will be offering a mentorship program which will help people who haven’t had much help in the community or have run into roadblocks.
Speakers who have suffered from child abuse and are living with it as adults will be brought in to speak about their issues and how they got through it.
“It’s survivors helping survivors,” Montroy said.
The drop-in centre will be open from Tuesday to Thursday with designated days for women, men, youths, families and co-ed from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m.
For more information, please call (613) 932-1755 Ext. 21.