Just as Stevenson, Waplak & Associates (SWA) staff members work to support the mental health needs of people of all ages in our community, the team feels it’s essential to lend a hand to the success of community events too.
“Through our corporate culture, we have tried to establish a community involvement theme with both our staff and the children we care for,” says SWA Executive Director Terry Stevenson. “We’re very proud of the community work that we do.”
The SWA team supports as many community events as possible. “In the past, we have given staff paid time off to assist with sandbagging to alleviate the flooding in Foxboro,” says Stevenson. “We are also involved in raising funds for a variety of charity events.”
A highlight of the year’s events, Swing for Success is an annual charity golf tournament that supports education bursaries for youth in care through Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Last September, Quinte Children’s Homes was proud to be a “Birdie” sponsor of the event, as well as entering an enthusiastic team.
The group has also supported fundraisers for Belleville Christian School, Albert College, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and the Quinte Children’s Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Hastings County children and youth who are at risk.
Like Swing for Success, the Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament combines golf and giving, allowing participants to experience a fun day out while raising needed dollars for children. Quinte Children’s Homes staff and students have participated in the golfing event, which is hosted by the Rotary Club of Belleville.
Over the past 11 years, the Rotary Loves Kids Golf Tournament has raised $945,000 to benefit Quinte-area children’s care. Funds support programs such as the Perth Easter Seals camp, the Quinte Children’s Foundation and the Belleville General Hospital’s diagnostic equipment for children. “Participating in worthy events like these allows us to assist in raising money for a variety of children’s needs, while enjoying a round of golf and networking with a industry agencies,” says Stevenson.
SWA has also sponsored a local Quinte T-Ball team and a children’s hockey team in the Belleville Minor Hockey Association – the Quinte Children’s Homes Belleville Jr. Bulls Peewee Select Team.
“Some of our staff have also held fundraisers to assist our own children in purchasing equipment and supplies that are not necessarily covered in our budget,” says Stevenson. “Recently, the children and staff of Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning held a successful barbecue fundraiser in the neighborhood in which our school is located, with monies going back into the program.”