On October 24, 2018, Peel CAS joined other CASs and community partners across Ontario on Dress Purple Day to raise awareness of how we can all work together to keep children and youth safe.
"It takes a community to support families and care for children and youth,” says Rav Bains, CEO, Peel CAS. “In Peel, we are very excited to be working with partners in our local school boards, EarlyON and day care centres, community organizations, the Region of Peel as well as our foster caregivers, volunteers and youth on the Dress Purple Day campaign. Many of our key partners are participating in Dress Purple Day and using social media to speak up for kids' rights to safety and well-being.”
Some highlights of how the Peel community is getting behind this initiative include:
- Support from Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board to share information with educators, students and caregivers
- A partnership with the Region of Peel which includes locations at 10 Peel Centre Drive and 7120 Hurontario lighting up purple on October 24 and sharing information with daycares and EarlyON centres in the community
- Collaboration with the City of Mississauga to light the clock tower purple from 8 pm on October 24 and share information with the Mayor and Members of Council
- Participation from partners in the community to dress purple on October 24 and share pictures on social media using the hashtag #iBREAKthesilence and #Peelgoespurple
Last year Peel CAS received more than 13,500 calls from the community and worked with more than 11,000 families. More than 90% of this work is done with families in their homes.
Peel CAS works to protect children from abuse and neglect and helps parents and caregivers build healthy families. Together with partners in our community, the agency assists families who may be facing challenges such as poverty, unemployment, ill health, domestic violence, mental health issues, or caring for a child who has serious physical, emotional or developmental difficulties. Some families also just need parenting support. Remember to call CAS if you have a concern about a child or youth.