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Mayor Peckford to host Community Mental Health Forum April 22

April 16, 2021

NORTH GRENVILLE, ON – Mayor Nancy Peckford and members of Council are inviting residents to an online Community Mental Health Forum for parents and caregivers of school-aged children.  

The Forum is intended to respond to the growing concern about children’s mental health as a result of the pandemic and ongoing disruptions to regular routines.

The event is free, and will be held via ZOOM on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

“With the recent announcement that schools will be shut down and reverting to virtual learning (only) and given the severity of the third wave in Ontario, we are hearing from many parents and care-givers who are quite concerned about the mental health of their kids, and families generally,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“This Community Mental Health Forum will feature seasoned mental health professionals and advocates from well-respected organizations who will share their expertise working with school-aged kids in these pandemic times. We also hope it can help address the anxiety that countless parents and care-givers are currently feeling,” added Mayor Peckford.

Speakers include, Lisa Livingston and Cheryl Gaumont, Counselling Therapists with the Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville, Diane Oxborough, Program Manager of Parent’s Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO), and Chuck LeBlanc from Kemptville Stress Relief Centre.

To participate in the event, please email with your name to to obtain the ZOOM link. Questions can also be submitted anonymously ahead of time.The event an also be livestreamed here: 


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Community Mental Health Supports:

Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville: 613-498-4844 |
Parent’s Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO):
Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds, & Grenville: 1-855-667-2726 |
Children’s Mental Health Crisis Line (24 Hours): 1-866-281-2911
Kids Help Phone (24 Hours): 1-800-668-6868 | TEXT 686868
Kemptville Stress Relief Centre:
Juniper Counselling Centre:
Kemptville Pride:


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Jill Sturdy, Corporate Media Relations Officer

613-258-9569 ext. 168