Oct 16, 2012

Ottawa Police and Youth Services Bureau Foundation team up for fundraising gala to help youth in need

The Ottawa Police Service’s sold-out 3rd annual gala – taking place on October 20, 2012 at the Ottawa Convention Centre – will benefit the Youth Services Bureau (YSB) of Ottawa Foundation.

“The Ottawa Police Service is excited to be bringing together the community to raise funds for the future of youth and families. By supporting the Youth Services Bureau Foundation, we’ll be turning lives around through mental health services and help for young people when they need it most,” says OPS Chief Charles Bordeleau.

Frank O’Dea, businessman, philanthropist and former homeless youth, will be the OPS Gala’s keynote speaker. Mr. O’Dea founded the Second Cup coffee chain in 1975, just a few years after living on the streets of Toronto as a teenage alcoholic.
Last year’s OPS Gala raised $90,000, and this year’s aims to meet or surpass that goal. Proceeds from the sold-out Gala will support Ottawa youth with crisis counselling, mental health and addictions support, and many other services.

YSB’s accredited services help thousands of youth to take achievable steps towards independence, and include mental health, housing, employment and youth justice programs.

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Media contacts:

Eva Schacherl, Director of Communications
Youth Services Bureau
613-266-5104 (cell)
eschacherl@ysb.on.ca (eschacherl@ysb.on.ca)

Ted Charette
YSB Charitable Foundation
tcharette@ysb.on.ca (tcharette@ysb.on.ca)
613-282-8057 (cell)

Steve Bell
Ottawa Police Service
bells@ottawapolice.ca (bells@ottawapolice.ca)
613-798-6895 (cell)