Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
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OSSTF Designated Charity Kids Help Phone

The Provincial Executive is continuing its support for Kids Help Phone as the OSSTF/FEESO
designated charity for 2016-2017. Kids Help Phone continues to fill an important niche in
advocating for and giving assistance to our students and their families.

During its twenty-six year history, Kids Help Phone has greatly expanded its outreach as a
bilingual national organization serving children and teens in need of counselling, advice and
intervention. Kids Help Phone now provides direct phone and online support to over 2.2 million
requests for help each year, including young people living in rural and remote communities
across Canada where supports are not readily available. The Kids Help Phone website also
provides access to resources on a wide variety of issues including sexuality, harassment and
bullying, drugs and alcohol, dating, and family relationships. Youth awareness materials are
provided free of charge to schools to build awareness of Kids Help Phone services and how to
access them.

Kids Help Phone is also one of four organizations working together in partnership to provide
Good2Talk, a free, confidential, and anonymous helpline providing professional counselling and
information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being to post-secondary
students aged 17-25 in Ontario, 24/7/365.

As a designated charity of OSSTF/FEESO Kids Help Phone will receive a donation of $10,000
from Account #6480 to help sustain their work. The Provincial Executive also requests that
districts and bargaining units consider local support during the 2016-2017 school year through
direct donations and/or by encouraging member participation in fund-raising activities such as
the annual Walk for Kids Help Phone.

Donations to Kids Help Phone can be sent to:
Melissa DeMers, National Manager, Major & Annual Giving
Kids Help Phone, Ontario Regional Office
439 University Avenue, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M5G 1Y8
Phone (416) 581-8956