December 20, 2018

Dedicated volunteers contribute to ATS program

Marci Joyce has been a volunteer member of the regional Addictions Treatment Service (ATS) at RVH since 2011. She is passionate about the programs offered and building awareness of those programs in our community.

For the fourth year running, she presented a donation of $500 to ATS through the RBC Employee Volunteer Grants program that recognizes staff members’ community work by supporting the charity for which they volunteer.

“We are so grateful for the many levels of support that Marci has provided to ATS over the years. Her passion for this work is evident in the commitment she has shown and her drive to educate people about the services we provide in order to improve their lives,” says Kim MacLeod, ATS Service Director.

Julia Boudreau, V.P. Corporate Services at RVH, adds “The volunteer members of our Advisory Committee, including Joyce, provide the insight into the needs in our community. We are truly appreciative of their time, knowledge, insight and expertise.”

This year the RBC funds will be used towards supplies for the Parent’s Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO), a program offered by Addictions Treatment Services for three the last three years. PLEO works with other major health services organizations in our region to provide guidance and support for parents and caregivers of children with mental health or addiction challenges. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the ATS offices in the basement of 510 Raglan Street and are open to anyone to drop in.

“The PLEO program is growing, but it is not yet widely known,” stated Joyce. “It is one aspect of the services we are so lucky to have at RVH. Addiction touches the whole family of those who are affected and ATS offers services for the family as well.”

Addictions Treatment Service is available to anyone who has concerns (personal or for a family member) about the use of alcohol, drugs, or gambling.

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