Ensuring a Sustainable Organization
2021/22 in Review
At Surrey Place, we understand the importance of creating an agile and nimble organization by diversifying our revenue base to meet the changing needs of our clients, their families, and our community.
Since increasing our efforts in grant and proposal applications, we continue to see growth in awarded funds. We saw an increase of 1345% from the previous fiscal year in our total proposal awarded funds and 37% in our grant awarded funds.
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Surrey Place was awarded $50,000 for the pilot of the Ben and Hilda Katz Autism Volunteering & Mentorship Program. The program teaches students aged 15-18 with autism, hands-on labour market navigation as they attain volunteer placements and practice soft skills to seek, gain, and retain future employment.
United Way Community Grant
We were awarded $75,000 over three years towards our Parenting Enhancement Program, which provides training and support to pregnant people and parents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the awarded funds, the program seeks to deliver a parenting curriculum, establish parental networks, and increase parents’ confidence in accessing resources.
Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism
Surrey Place was awarded nearly $40,000 over two years for a project called Dismantling Systemic Racism: It Starts Within. With the awarded funds, the Community Partnerships and Innovation department aims to create a greater understanding and recognition of racism-based trauma and the benefits of trauma-informed care within our organization and the developmental services sector.
Implementation of Interdisciplinary Ontario Autism Program Core Services
Over the past year, Surrey Place’s Autism Services team has actively engaged in an interprofessional clinical priority project to further develop and implement a broader array of Ontario Autism Program Core Services to better support the community. The new core services include Occupational Therapy, Mental Health supports and Speech-Language Pathology. The expansion has allowed Surrey Place to provide a more fulsome array of professional services for families and enhanced the opportunity for interprofessional collaboration to benefit the people we serve. Since expanding our services, the response has been positive, with substantial interest from parents, caregivers, and professionals in the community.
Partnerships & Integrations
Toronto Autism Service Network
The Ontario Autism Program has evolved significantly over the last couple of years, and Surrey Place has worked closely with community partners and the ministry to ensure families and clients were supported throughout the transition. During this past year, we launched and were established as the lead agency for three Ontario Autism Programs: The Caregiver-Mediated Early Years Program, Entry to School and Urgent Response.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness
In recognition of FASD Awareness Month in September, Surrey Place hosted a well-received webinar titled FASD: A Whole-Body Diagnosis. The keynote speaker was a world-renowned motivational speaker, trainer and peer mentor, Myles Himmelreich. Myles also participated in the panel discussion with Development Pediatrician Dr. Alvin Loh, Development Nurse Shirley McMillian, and parent advocate Kate M. The webinar was attended by over 550 people from across the globe and shared information about the possible physical health impacts and treatment for individuals who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol.