Our Charities

Jean Augustine Center for Young Women’s Empowerment

The Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment (JAC) was founded in 2014 by Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine and is committed to building the self-esteem and self-worth of girls and young women ages 7 to 17 by positively influencing their outlook on life, broadening their horizons, and helping them to empower themselves.

The centre provides free after-school programs and workshops and subsidized camps with a focus on financial literacy, academics and STEM, community engagement, and empowerment. Nearly 300 unique participants attend JAC programs each year. The centre takes an intersectional approach to program development as participants come from various socio-economic backgrounds, with many from low-income and/or single-parent homes, and over 50% identify with an additional underserved community, such as Black, PoC, or 2SLGBTQI+.

The centre’s services support education, with math and reading groups; build core life skills such as cooking and financial literacy; inspire future planning with career panels featuring women in various professions; and create a community of support, with workshops on pressing topics such as mental health and informal peer discussion in a safe environment. Through these programs, JAC helps girls and young women develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build a life of their choosing and change their community and the world for the better.

 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Unlocking the mysteries of the brain, finding new ways to treat people with life-altering challenges–or prevent them in the first place. Advocating on behalf of those who have been underserved or ignored by the system for too long. Eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness. These are not easy challenges to solve.

But together, we’re rising to meet them through hard work and a commitment to make the most of every dollar generously donated to CAMH. By minimizing expenses and investing wisely, we’re funding breakthrough research, building new facilities and shining light where only shadows existed before.

One in five Canadians experiences mental illness in any given year. That means someone you know is affected–a friend, a colleague or a family member. By becoming a Change Agent, you are letting them know you will be with them every step of the way on their road to recovery. A life-saving recurring monthly gift to CAMH will immediately fuel world-leading discoveries in brain science and clinical care, improve public awareness of mental illness, and support the most urgent hospital needs.


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