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Provide services and programs to families of children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders to develop their child's behavioural, communications and social skills, and to advocate for their ongoing needs.
Our Community–Based Special Projects are financed through donations and fundraising. Nominal fees are charged to cover registration and operating costs.
Well, another year is coming to a close. I always look forward to the holiday season as a time to spend time with family and friends, reflect on the past year, and make plans for the coming year. Once again, we have had a successful year in 2017 providing support and activities to the children and their families.
The Staff and Board Members at Children at Risk are continuing along our transition path with the goal of developing more sustainable funding initiatives and support partners that will allow us to continue to provide the many programs that are so necessary for the children and their families. The need to find more sustainable funding is based on the reduction or elimination of some previous fundraising initiatives and sponsors and the expected increase in the cost of our programs due to higher wages in 2018.
There are several very popular programs that we want to continue to offer our families. Camp Kaleidoscope is our premiere program which runs for 5 weeks each summer. The demand has increased every year since we began the camp in 2011. The feedback we get from both parents and the children is extremely positive. Our Saturday Fun Club Respite Sessions reached new records of children attending this program. We ran 5 sessions in the Fall, with a maximum group every Saturday. We are quite pleased to know that the Fun Club can be so important for both our children and parents. We plan to offer another 10 sessions over the Winter and Spring. It is best to book your sessions early, so you don’t miss out. We also have a Family Fun Night at various times throughout the year, which includes siblings. It is also well attended.
We continued with our regular fundraisers this Fall, including the Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest, which was the best year yet for this high profile fundraiser. We had the Ottawa Autism Circle of The King’s Daughters & Sons Fundraising Brunch and Pub Night with Good2Go, which helped raise additional funds. We really appreciate all the Volunteers that help make these fundraisers a success. We were also very pleased to receive our donation cheque as a Recipient Charity for the Ottawa H.O.P.E. Volleyball SummerFest.
Coming up, we are pleased to be a benefit charity again for the 3rd Annual Ottawa New Year’s Charity Ball. This event will be held at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. This is sure to be a fun filled evening that should not be missed. See Page 10 for more details. We will also be running our “Rollin' for Risk” Bowl-A- Thon fundraiser on Sunday, January 28th at Walkley Bowling Lanes. We are hoping for all 30 lanes to be filled this year!
I want to say a special thanks to our Executive Director, Brenda Reisch, Admin Staff Bambina Lemme, Ursula Ferraro & Yuki Hidebrandt and Special Projects Coordinator Hazel Smith, who have kept the charity running smoothly throughout the year. I also want to acknowledge the efforts from our volunteer board members Walter Davidson, Linda Kwasnick, Melissa Van Alstine, Carrie Groulx, Marca McManus and Rob Gentles. Thanks to all of you.
Finally, I want to wish all the children, parents and volunteers a safe and happy holiday season!