Donors & Volunteers

On Sunday evening Starbright was the beneficiary of the generosity of the crowd who crammed into the Community Theatre in Kelowna to hear the exquisite music of Satinder Sartaj! Thank you Canco Petroleum Ltd. for choosing Starbright as the charity to receive your wonderful donation!

Thank you United Way Central and South Okanagan Similkameen! Approving our grant application has given Starbright the simply best news! We will now be able to provide childminding for our families who are taking part in the groups that our Centre offers! This means so much for parents to be able to attend together or even attend at all! Thank you for all you do to support us!

The A.C.T./UCT Kelowna West #1003 have made a SO-welcome donation to our Starbright Autism Program! A heart-felt thank you Rick Warner (Treasurer and Past-President), John Grant (Vice-President and Director), and Dick Melrose (Director) for presenting a cheque to Karina Frisque (Autism Program Team Leader) and Rhonda Nelson (Executive Director of Starbright). We are so happy this amazing program is being supported!!

The kindness of PR Petroleum is so very much appreciated! This group has provided such support to our Autism Program! Thank you so much!!

A special thank you to the Kelowna Firefighters who donated the funds for Starbright to purchase UPSEE mobility devices for use by the physiotherapy department! These wonderful devices allow a child who has movement challenges to stand and move with the help of an adult. For a little preschooler who has never been able to stand upright or take a walk with mom or dad, the UPSEE makes it happen! THANK YOU FIREFIGHTERS!

The TELUS Ambassadors provided 100 hats and many lap blankets for our little clients this year at Christmas! Our boundless thanks to the creative hands of these community-focused individuals!

A big hug of gratitude goes out from Starbright staff to the PR Petroleum owners and all the individual store managers for their incredible generosity to us! Thank you so much for your donation!

Starbright is so very grateful for the wonderful gift of a donation to our Autism Program from Valley First!

The support for this program is so appreciated!

To the Anonymous Donor who gave a gift to Starbright through the Central Okanagan Foundation, thank you so much! Such generosity is so very appreciated!

Thank you Gary Parmar for your wonderful donation that will enable Starbright Children’s Development Centre to do more therapeutic gymnastics classes in the new year! You have made it possible to extend therapy sessions to so many more children!

Starbright Children’s Development Centre is so very grateful to the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Charitable Society for their amazing donation enabling our Centre to purchase Upsee vests to help our little clients with mobility difficulties! Your generosity is so appreciated!!

Wednesday, December 6, was a special occasion for the staff of Starbright Children’s Development Centre. At their Christmas luncheon, Mohini Singh, representing the Board of Directors of the Foundation East Meets West, made an announcement of a donation that is going to make a huge difference. Having being made aware of the need for a therapeutic table to assist Starbright physiotherapists in providing treatment for babies with plagiocephaly and/or torticollis, East Meets West provided the needed funds for the purchase. The announcement was met with loud cheers from all staff present, and Mohini Singh received a standing ovation.

From all of us at Starbright, a huge thanks to the Telus Ambassadors for the 100 hand-knitted or crocheted hats for our little clients! These generous Telus retirees spent the last year making not only the bright-coloured hats as gifts, but also many pairs of mittens, some scarves, and several lap blankets. These gifts are such a help for the babies and toddlers as well as older children. What an extraordinary donation! It is a delight to have our little clients sporting new gear! Thank you Telus Ambassadors! You have such big hearts!

A HUGE thank you to the RONA Social Committee for their generous donation! Their funds will be directed to Starbright’s Autism Program! Pictured, from left to right are: Rhonda Nelson (Executive Director), Bianca Venenciano (RONA Social Committee), Nickao Venenciano (with mom, Bianca), and Heather Maschek (Autism Program Consultant).


TD Canada Trust Dilworth Branch and the TD Group 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!

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A huge thank you to the Central Okanagan Foundation for the $15,000 community grant that enabled us to replace our aging server! It was significantly over its extended warranty and we were in constant worry that it would simply expire. Having a smooth transition to a new one while the old one was still functional, meant the world to us! Our clinicians, therapists, consultants, and Program Support staff were able to focus on services to children without any down time!

stp_logoThank you to Shawn Talbot of Shawn Talbot Photography for the continued support of our organization through the donation of your photography services. You truly do amazing work and we are all very fortunate to be able to showcase Starbright and its people through your amazing images.

Thank You To Curious Restaurant!

Thank you so much to the folks at the new Curious Restaurant in Kelowna. Their chefs, being trained by chefs from California, decided to ‘test’ out their pizza making skills by treating us all to a pizza lunch! Thank you to Sarah Dhooge and her husband Wade for organizing such a wonderful surprise!

The team from Interior Savings

– generously donating their time to support Starbright.
A big thank you to Interior Savings

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The team from Interior Savings – generously donating their time to support Starbright.

Thank you so much to the wonderful employees from Interior Savings who came and transformed the trim on the outside of our building on Thursday, October 16th. They spent the afternoon working so hard and the results were amazing! Our staff simply love the new look. It was such a gift. Thanks for your generous support!

Ride 2 Reach

We’d like to thank the great folks from Ride To Reach for their tremendous support of Starbright’s Autism Program! The monies donated made a huge difference to the Program!


We would like to thank the following supporters for the kindness and generosity.

  • Telus Alumni and Staff
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Kelowna Flightcraft
  • Kelowna Ready-Mix
  • Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
  • Westbank Lioness Club
  • Gallagher’s Canyon Art Society

Since 1966
Starbright, originally known as the Okanagan Neurolgocial Association, was incorporated as a non-profit organization in August 1966.

2014 marks 48 years of service to our community and 48 years of community support to provide services to families to meet the exceptional developmental needs of children through Early Intervention

The continued financial support of our Community Partners is essential to the continued success of our programs.

Every contribution matters from $1 to $100,000.

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