47 community-based organizations to benefit from annual post office
OTTAWA, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canada Post Foundation for Mental
Health today awarded grants totalling $2.1 million to 47 non-profit
community groups that help Canadians living with mental illness. Since
the Foundation was created in 2008, Canada Post has delivered more than
$4.6 million in grants to almost 100 organizations across Canada.
The 2011 campaign is now underway and until October 1, customers who
visit a post office will be asked to donate to the Foundation after
every transaction. Other activities include portion of the proceeds
from the sale of mental health stamps and a mental health PriorityTM Next A.M./XpresspostTM domestic prepaid envelope.
"Canada Post employees and customers have demonstrated an overwhelming
amount of support for this cause and I'm thrilled to see the impact of
these efforts today," said The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of
"Our employees should be extremely proud of the important contribution
the campaign makes to groups that help the one in five Canadians
affected by mental illness," said Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of
Canada Post. "Our grants touch lives in communities large and small all
across Canada. In this way, our grants reflect our company's reach."
"Our Foundation addresses the full range of mental illness," said James
Roche, Chairman of the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. "While
many other charities, such as hospitals and addiction centres, address
mental illness, our Foundation's support focuses on grassroots efforts,
helping to ensure critical community support and programming is
available when it's needed."
Organizations can seek up to $65,000 to fund specific projects or
initiatives to be completed within a 12-month period. A full list of
the 2011 recipients is available at www.canadapost.ca/hope.
To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.canadapost.ca/hope.
SOURCE Canada Post
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