Steve Price, Mayor, Town of Sidney

To Whom It May Concern:

Subject:  Clubhouse International in Greater Victoria

As Mayor of the Town of Sidney and on behalf of Council, I am pleased to offer my support for the establishment of a Clubhouse International in Greater Victoria.

Council recently received a presentation from "Moms Like Us" expressing the challenges facing adult children suffering with mental health issues and the gaps in our local support services. They explained the isolation and despair persons with mental illness experience every single day. They were, however, excited to advise us of Clubhouse International and how their programs have helped families and thousands of people get back into life.

Clubhouse International is a global, non-profit organization that helps communities by offering programs based on respect, hope and encouragement to those suffering with mental illness. The programs create opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single caring and safe environment. Providing those most vulnerable in our community with the support they need will help them live a life of inclusion and personal fulfilment.

Clubhouse Inernational has a proven rehabilitation model that is proactive and preventative. Sidney supports the advocacy of "Moms Like Us' and the establishment of a greatly needed Clubhouse facility in Victoria.

I encourage you to give serious consideration to this initiative and support this very important investment in our community.

Yours truly

Mayor Steve Price