Counselling support intake extended to August 2008 at Cornwall Public Inquiry



    CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Following consultation on the
Cornwall Public Inquiry's Counselling Support program, Commissioner G. Normand
Glaude, today announced his decision to extend the intake of new clients who
wish to receive Counselling Support from March 31, 2008 to August 31, 2008.
    Counselling Support is part of Phase 2 of the Inquiry's agenda, which
focuses on healing and reconciliation for the Cornwall community. The support
program first became available in March 2006 in an effort to facilitate the
provision of counselling to those affected by the Cornwall Public Inquiry. To
date, more than 300 files have been opened for people predominantly from the
areas of Cornwall and Eastern Ontario who have applied for Counselling
Support.
    According to the Inquiry's Director of Policy, Colleen Parrish, the
Commissioner's decision was based on consideration of the views of the
Inquiry's Advisory Panel, parties with standing at the Inquiry, counselling
support providers and a recently established transition committee.
    "There was overall consensus that as long as Phase 1 hearings were going
on, people could continue to be affected by the Inquiry. These hearings are
scheduled to end this summer. The Commissioner wanted to ensure all people who
were affected by the hearings had an opportunity to receive counselling,"
Ms Parrish said.
    The policy director also noted that while the deadline for acceptance of
new clients has been extended to August 31, those approved for counselling may
continue their counselling until 90 after the release of the Report of the
Cornwall Public Inquiry.
    Those who require further information on accessing the Counselling
Support program may call the Inquiry at 613-938-6640 and speak confidentially
to Patrick Lechasseur. Should a person wish to receive counselling services
other than through the Inquiry, information on local counselling services can
be found in the document "Counselling Support Service Providers and Community
Based Cornwall Services" on the Inquiry's website (www.cornwallinquiry.ca)
under "Healing Work - Phase 2 - Counselling Support. The public is also
reminded that they do not have to live in Cornwall to get Counselling Support.




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For further information: Joan Weinman, (613) 294-5679

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