The NWMO supports Wellness & Emotional Support for Youth Online

Two NWMO employees handing a large cheque to a WES for Youth Online employee. Everyone is wearing a mask.

From left: Rebecca Matches, Director at Wellness & Emotional Support for Youth Online; Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor at the NWMO; and Dane Cronin, Development Engagement Student at the NWMO.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) recently donated $7,500 to Wellness & Emotional Support (WES) for Youth Online, an organization that aims to provide wellness and emotional support to youth between the ages of 13 and 24 across Ontario through free online professional counselling.

 

“Thanks to the ongoing support and funding partnership of the NWMO as a WES for Youth Online Corporate Advocate, more Ontario youth will benefit from free virtual counselling hours,” said Rebecca Matches, Director at WES for Youth Online.

 

Recently, through the sale of its office building, Wes for Youth Online has further invested into its virtual service model, and continues to promote accessibility, confidentiality and safety for youth accessing the service. Over the past year alone, more than 830 youth across Ontario reached out to WES for Youth Online for mental health services. This is up by 45 per cent compared to the previous year. 

 

“The NWMO is happy to continue supporting organizations such as WES for Youth Online, which contribute to the mental health and well-being of youth in our communities,” said Cherie Leslie, Senior Engagement Advisor at the NWMO.

 

The NWMO has supported municipal and Indigenous communities involved in the site selection process through sponsorships and donations to various organizations.

 

About the NWMO

 

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization implementing Canada’s plan to safely contain and isolate used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.

 

Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2023, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Ignace area and South Bruce, both in Ontario.