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Manpower staff raise over $1,600 for treatment program

My co-workers and I decided to have this event to raise both awareness and funds for New Path, says Manpower employee
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Employees at Manpower in Barrie raised over $1,600 in support of the New Path Youth and Family Services Residential Treatment program. Employees of the Barrie-based business took part in a fundraising dinner and auction at the Boston Pizza Barrie South location.

The inspiration for the event was Patricia Lamarche, a Barrie resident and Manpower employee whose daughter is currently receiving support through the program.

“New Path has essentially saved my daughter’s life. I can’t be any more direct than that. They have given my daughter the one thing that was missing from her horrible journey through the mental health system in Simcoe County and that is the feeling of hope,” says Lamarche. 

“By finally having the support of a therapist, who allowed her to talk about the traumatic events that have led her here, to the support of the staff at the house when things get rough, to a Program Manager who has showed her time and time again that he will not discharge her from the program until she is truly ready to lead a healthy life at home, my daughter has been able to not only stabilize but to flourish.”

The dinner and auction was held at Boston Pizza Barrie South location as part of their Celebrity Server Night. These events at Boston Pizza allow employees at various organizations to volunteer their time in order to raise funds for community programs; a portion of the evening dinner sales go to the community program.

Manpower staff assisted in the serving of dinners and donated items of substantial worth to the silent auction, of which all proceeds went to New Path.

“I am seeing parts of my daughter that were missing for well over 18 months and I have the caring and compassionate staff at New Path to thank for that. New Path has stopped the endless cycle of trips to RVH emergency and allowed my daughter and I to gain back a healthy relationship,” adds Lamarche.

“My co-workers and I decided to have this event to raise both awareness and funds for New Path. It was my way of giving back, of saying thank you for the tremendous work that New Path does every day.”