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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
Our New Playground!
The hope for a playground to extend the range of therapeutic options for the children we serve had burned brightly for a long time. We had the space, we had the need. We just needed the funds!
The cost of such a playground was daunting for us as a not-for-profit, however two of the most wonderful things happened in July of 2015! We received a grant from Economic and Social Development Canada, legacy funds from the estate of Mrs. Helena Killback, and donations from individuals and businesses in the community that allowed us to finally allowed us to pursue the installation of a therapeutic playground for our clinicians and the children with whom they work! We could now purchase the playground equipment and install a wonderful soft and durable surfacing underneath it. The grassy area between our building and the alley was the perfect spot!
We chose to the playground by Landscape Structures distributed by Habitat Systems Incorporated. The playground design and the materials the structures are made from provide a sensory-rich experience for children that accomodates the full range of children’s needs, from typically developing to those with physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities.
In August, just a few weeks ago, the process began! The property was cleared and mapped out. It was very exciting to see the beginnings!
Powerful exhibition of photographs from photographer Debbie Rasiel, showcasing the ‘faces of autism’. Debbie, a 23 year-old Mother of a child with autism, traveled the world taking these shots as part of the Global Autism Project.
Eighteen year-old model, Madeline Stuart, a young woman with Down syndrome is making quite a name for herself as a model down under! She is truly an inspiration!