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!


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!!

Dance in Line


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!




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!


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.


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!

COF Logo

The Surprising Minds of Babies!

We love this video of Dr. Alison Gopnik talking about the surprising minds of babies! You might begin to look at your own wee babe differently after you see this!

Starbright Staff at Okanagan College’s Career Fair


November 1 was Okanagan College’s Career Fair and two of our staff represented our agency – Jackie Shiosaki from Supported Child Development and Karin Heskith from Infant Development! It was a wonderful opportunity to provide information to students about career possibilities and make new connections! Our thanks to Okanagan College for inviting us!

Our Playground is Now Done!

COMPLETED Ominspin areaCOMPLETED Play structureCOMPLETED Street side view of Play StructureCOMPLETED Close up of Play Structure

We are so happy! After several months of construction, our new playground is now complete! The children are SO excited to use it! Our heartfelt thanks go out to:

For Funding:

Mrs. Helena Killback (estate legacy)

Economic and Social Development Canada (grant)

Two community donors who, while they wish to remain anonymous, contributed greatly to the project!

For the excellent work:

Stephen Doyle, from Habitat Inc. from whom we go the wonderful child-engaging playstructures

Yard by Yard for their amazing site preparation and landscaping

Mike Jerry, from Western Safety Surfacing, Inc. (WSSI) for the phenomenal child-safe surfacing

Tri-West Fencing for the beautiful green chain-link fencing, and

Curb-Ease for their excellent concrete work!

THANK YOU!                    THANK YOU!                     THANK YOU!



TD Canada Trust Dilworth Branch in Makes Us Smile!

The Dilworth Branch of TD Canada Trust surprised us in the most wonderful way! Three staff members, including the Branch Manager James High, stopped by our Centre with an incredible donation that will allow us to provide therapeutic swim sessions to our wee clients who have mobility difficulties! Their incredible generosity certainly put smiles on our faces, but wait until those little people feel the warm water and experience the ability to move more freely! Then there will be so many more happy faces!

Thank you TD Canada Trust!