Peel CAS hosted Think Big! Dream Big! Be Big!, the first ever youth networking luncheon and gave 60 youth involved with Peel and Halton CAS an opportunity for youth internships, coop-placements, mentorship and short and long term employment opportunities.
“By involving members of the Peel business community where these young people live, play, and work, we create networks for them that are long lasting are sustainable,” says Geoff Katumba, Youth Success Coordinator, Peel CAS. “This in turn leads to youth being successful as adults.”
“We are committed to helping our youth succeed,” adds Katumba. “Our youth felt that being able to network and meet key partners in areas like business, education and police would be a way to start them on their path to success. Today, with the support of Peel Children’s Aid Foundation and the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development this was made possible.”
A highlight of the event was an appearance by women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder who gave a motivational speech about resiliency and hope and brought along her Olympic and World Championship gold medals to show the youth.
“Cheryl shared some exceptionally inspiring words with our youth,” says Renae Addis, Executive Director, Peel Children’s Aid Foundation. “They heard a story about overcoming odds and achieving a dream. Most importantly they learned that success is within their reach.”
The event was held a day prior to Dress Purple Day, a day where Peel CAS and Children’s Aid Societies across the province work together to share the message that it takes a community to support families and keep children and youth safe. “The participation of more than 25 partners in our community coming together for youth was a great way to kick off this important campaign,” says Katumba. “Now we are hoping the community will join us by dressing purple on October 24 and sharing photos on social media using the hashtags #Peelgoespurple and #iBREAKthesilence.