Tuesday, 2 June 2015

June Callwood Children's Day

Today, Tuesday June 2nd, is June Callwood Children's Day. A day to celebrate the Keep The Promise campaign's efforts to end child poverty in Canada.

Since it's launch in 2013, the Keep The Promise campaign has reignited the conversation and called for all Canadians and all levels of government to commit to working to end child poverty for good.

June Callwood was a Canadian journalist, author and social activist. She was a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, Toronto Arts Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Canadian News Hall of Fame inductee - but to Mike Labbé, the founder of Options for Homes she was just Aunt June.

June and Mike always had a very close relationship and she always encouraged Mike to work hard to make his dreams come true.

In May 2007, HOA established the June Callwood Home Ownership Fund to provide even greater down payment support to low- and moderate-income families with children. HOA capitalized the fund with an initial $2.5 million.

Since 2007 over $1 million dollars has been provided in down payment help to 91 families with children from the June Callwood Home Ownership Fund.

For more information about Keep The Promise and June Callwood Children's Day visit http://www.keepthepromise.ca/you-are-invited-to-june-callwood-childrens-day/ or contact Gayle Duchene at gduchene@sympatico.ca.