$21,200 OTF Grant Helps Youth to Get Moving

From left, Tim Jackson, Vaughan Dowie, MPP Sylvia Jones.

From left, Tim Jackson, Vaughan Dowie, MPP Sylvia Jones.

Shelburne/Ontario -  On Friday, Pine River Institute (PRI) welcomed guests to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the addition of mountain bikes and helmets, and a low-ropes challenge course to the outdoor physical activities on campus.  The Honorable Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, and OTF Board Chair, Tim Jackson, were there to learn how the infrastructure and equipment grant will provide important outdoor physical activities for youth as they rebuild their lives at PRI.

“I am pleased that the Pine River Institute received an Ontario Trillium grant for an outdoor rope course and mountain bikes,” said Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon. “Physical activity is so important for youth who are rebuilding their lives at Pine River and they will benefit from the additional outdoor activities.”

Thanks to a $21,200 OTF Capital grant, this initiative will provide infrastructure and equipment necessary for youth and their families to participate in two new outdoor physical activities while rebuilding their lives at Pine River Institute (PRI) near Shelburne, Ontario.  The grant helped provide a challenging, five-element, low ropes course plus 12 new mountain bikes and helmets, all of which will enhance enjoyment of an existing network of hiking and cross-country ski trails on PRI’s 200-acre campus.

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant provides our youth with much needed outdoor activities we know have a positive impact on mental and physiological health,” said Vaughan Dowie, CEO of PRI.  “One of our objectives is to foster life-long enjoyment of physical activity that will have a positive impact for our youth long after completing their residential treatment.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.  OTF awarded more than $ 120 million to some 700 projects this year to build healthy and vibrant lives in Ontario.

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Heather Kelly, Communications Director

Pine River Institute