Dance-in-Line Dancers from West Kelowna donate again!

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Again in 2017 the Dance-in-Line Dancers from West Kelowna have made a donation to our Autism Program! Thank you so much! Your kindness and generosity are so greatly appreciated!

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100 Men Donation

Starbright Children’s Development Centre is so very grateful to the 100 Men for their incredible donation! Their passion and compassion for their community is so evident. We are privileged to be a recipient!

Kids Can’t Wait!

Kids Can’t Wait: After decade of neglect, thousands losing out on early childhood intervention in BC

After a decade of neglect for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in British Columbia, waitlists and wait times are growing, service providers are being stretched past their limits and thousands of preschoolers with special needs are losing out, aging out and being left behind.

Families, along with agency leaders and professionals who provide ECI in community-based programs across BC, have a simple message about the urgency of fixing this: #KidsCantWait!

The very successful launch of the #KidsCantWait ECI campaign on January 4, the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Working Group generated lots of attention right across the province.

Their  press release drew attention from major provincial media, media interviews with members of the ECI Working Group and reports in the Vancouver Sun, CBC and others. Inclusion BC’s Faith Bodnar also did live interviews on CBC’s Early Edition with Rick Cluff and on Pulse Radio with former BC Liberal MLA turned radio host Kash Heed.

Please take a look at the the #KidsCantWait report and campaign Web page link and get involved and connected.

TD Canada Trust Rutland Branch just donated monies that will help us offer group sessions for some of our clients! You are wonderful TD Canada Trust!

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TD Canada Trust Rutland Branch donated the monies that will allow us to offer a group session of gymnastics for our little clients with mobility issues. The physiotherapists in our Centre will recommend these little people participate based on their physical therapeutic goals! We are so thrilled!

Road Construction along Bernard Avenue!

We would like you to be aware that Starbright has been notified by the City of Kelowna that there will be road construction along Bernard Avenue that will go right by our building. This work is scheduled to begin in May sometime and go into September. While the City workers will make every effort to do the work outside of the hours that our Centre operates, we have been let known that there could be some traffic delays. Thank you for your patience during this period of time!

DANCE IN LINE OF WEST KELOWNA DONATES TO AUTISM PROGRAM

Our thanks to the Dance in Line Line Dancers of West Kelowna who donated over $200 to our Autism Program! We will be able to purchase cooperative games that will facilitate social skills and academic awareness! Thank you Brandi Hughes, a Dance in Line dancer, for bringing in this wonderful gift!!

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Starbright “Sounds Better”!

What’s New?

At Starbright Children’s Development Centre we are thrilled to have had installed sound panels in our Multi-Purpose Room that reduce the bouncing of sound off the walls and ceiling to make it a much friendlier environment for children with cochlear implants!

Why was it needed?

Cochlear implants are medical devices that are designed to restore the sense of hearing for those with severe to profound inner ear and hearing nerve hearing loss. Children and adults who have cochlear implants are helped to hear sounds at near normal loudness. When sound escalates due to reverberating off hard surfaces, it makes distinguishing speech sounds very difficult and is frustrating for everyone but especially for wee souls just learning speech!

Our Multi-Purpose Room has a high ceiling and walls that gave lots of space for sound to bounce! These new panels bring the level of sound down so significantly! Now the children and adults who make up our “Looking Who’s Listening” groups have an environment adapted for them!

A Very Special Donor!

Our eternal gratitude goes to Mrs. Helena Killback whose legacy funds allowed us to be able do this!

Below are two “before” and three “after” pictures! You will see the panels and how they blend beautifully with the room. Points West AV Design did such a wonderful job!

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Starbright Staffing Change!

First, a Starbright goodbye!

Today we say goodbye to Connie Mussell, our Data Management Coordinator for Starbright! Connie is moving to Regina, Saskatchewan (yes, in JANUARY!) to go on to new adventures! We will miss her so much! Connie has been a part of Starbright (COCDA) since 2003. She has made so many contributions to our programs! On Wednesday we had a staff farewell function for her to honor all those years of stellar service!

Next, a Starbright Welcome!

We are happy though to welcome to Starbright a new Data Management Coordinator –  Mieke Krus! Mieke comes to us with three undergraduate degrees (one of which is a Bachelor of Middle Management for Non-Profit Organizations!) and one post-graduate degree in process-oriented leadership and organization development. We are thrilled to have her! Connie will assist her in the transition period via telephone but we know Mieke will be up and running with this new role very quickly!

MINISTER THOMPSON VISITS STARBRIGHT!

We were so very fortunate to have Minister Steve Thompson spend some time at Starbright recently! He had an opportunity to tour our facility and meet and talk with staff! We so appreciate him taking the time and look forward to him coming again! With Minister Thompson are (from left to right) Terri Russell, Team Leader of the Supported Child Development Program, Sherri Macdonald, Operations Manager, and Rhonda Nelson, Executive Director.

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A New Server! Thank you to the Central Okanagan Foundation!

We received a grant that enabled us to purchase a new server for our Centre from the Central Okanagan Foundation! It was essential that we replace our very old, warranty-expired one. The assistance meant so much to us! THANK YOU CENTRAL OKANAGAN FOUNDATION!

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