Cardinal Newman teacher example of hope to CYO kids

PHOTO BY PAT CODISPODI.Last month, members of the community attended the media launch for the 20th Annual CYO Celebrity Dinner at the Hamilton Convention Centre. Pictured here are past honourary campers, in the front row, from left to right, Fraser Ramskogler, Jarrett Earl, Justin Bald, Leanne Kiely, Anthony Frisina, Esther Vanderwillik; in the back row, Daryl Head and Drew Cadman.
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By Laura Lennie
News Staff

(Feb 17, 2006) With the help of teen leaders and the assistance of hundreds of adult volunteers, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) touches the lives of more than 30,000 children and teens each year.
Since 1958, the CYO has served children, teens and families through a number of programs and services. And on Feb. 23, the organization is holding its 20th Annual CYO Celebrity Dinner in support of special programs at its Camps Brebeuf and Marydale.
Proceeds from the dinner will go toward continuing to subsidize the staff costs of special needs' counsellors, which the camps hire to work one-to-one with campers with disabilities and toward renovations to improve the accessibility of facilities at the camps.
"We have been integrating disabled kids into our camp programs since the 1970s. When we started to do that, we recognized that in order for the kids to be successful in our programs, we had to provide additional staff resources," said Peter Rosser, executive director of the CYO.