Making a Difference: Gifts of Light


Janet Evans, Crown Jewels for Mental Health committee member

Our committee member Janet recently finished her internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, as part of her graduate certificate in Fundraising and Resource Development at Georgian College. She was there for nine weeks, and one of her responsibilities was planning and implementing their Gifts of Light staff giving campaign.

The Gifts of Light Lounge event consists of staff and clients donating gifts to be distributed to CAMH patients during the Christmas holidays. This is especially important as Christmas gets closer, as the holidays can bring loneliness and depression to people living with mental illness. In fact, for some patients their Gifts of Light present will be the only gift they receive.

Thanks to the help of people like Janet, the Foundation will be able to give out 2,800 gifts to patients this year. Hopefully their spirits will be lifted in the knowledge that they are not alone on their road to recovery.

Janet learned a lot about the Foundation’s activities during her time with them. She saw first-hand how passionate the Foundation team is and how dedicated they are to helping those living with mental health issues and addictions. The insight that she has brought to Crown Jewels for Mental Health is invaluable. Her knowledge and expertise are key assets of our diverse committee, and will make a huge difference as Crown Jewels grows.

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