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Affordable housing for the mentally ill

Since there is a shortage of affordable housing for the people with mental illness, the Government should expand the number of safe, affordable independent housing units in order make recovery possible.


The Federal Government should increase the funding for provincial governments and non-profit groups to provide housing for the mentally ill.

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National Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week.


Did You Know? The latest 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating Data was released recently. One item of note:

13.3 Million Canadian volunteers contribute 2.1 Billion total hours and it is young Canadians that are delivering the highest volunteer rate.


Canada’s most comprehensive study on giving and volunteering confirms an increase of nearly one million volunteers nationally. The 2010 Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating also reveals that young Canadians, 15-24, have consistently participated in volunteering more than any other age group for over a decade.

In the coming months, more information from the 2010 CSGVP will be released as part of an editorial series in Canadian Social Trends, a publication by Statistics Canada. These articles will explore in more depth the topics of volunteering and also charitable giving, as well as an article on the volunteering and giving habits of new Canadians and another on employer-supported volunteering. See: for all the latest!

We are blessed to have a large number of youth volunteers at Coast, for the most part College and University students, here to learn and share their enthusiasm.

Please remember to thank volunteers, young and old(ish) alike for National Volunteer Week…and I’d like to say a special thanks to those of you that share your time with your community as well!

Coast Mental Health Update, April 16, 2012