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Welcome to Children At Risk Online

Our Mission

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 Activities

Our Community–Based Special Projects are financed through donations and fundraising. Nominal fees are charged to cover registration and operating costs.

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President's Message

We are very pleased that we can continue to provide an array of services as we usher in the Fall season. As we start to bundle up in anticipation of cooler temperatures, we are pleased to be offering once again our popular Saturday Fun Club. We will have 6 sessions between September and December. This Weekend Respite Program fills up quickly, so it’s best to book your sessions early. We will also hold a Family Fun Night in December. This is open to children on the Autism Spectrum and their siblings.

We had another successful Camp Kaleidoscope this summer. We hosted 356 Weekly Spots, which is once again a record. The feedback from parents and children was very positive. This is our primary offering to support ASD children and their families. We are so happy that it is so popular and can benefit so many families throughout the city.

In order to fund the Camps and other services we provide, we need to raise funds from a variety of sources. One of our higher profile fundraisers is the Celebrity Pumpkin Event, where we have pumpkins and prizes donated from across the city. This year, we will have an on-line auction only. This should help generate more bids and provide better access for all participants. We are looking for Volunteers, Prizes and Pumpkin Celebrities - including Businesses!

We have started to reach out to organizations and private donors to fundraise additional funds so we can continue to offer Camp Kaleidoscope, March Break camp, Family Fun Night, Saturday Fun Club, Typical Teens and other Supports on an ongoing basis. While we have had a great group of Staff and Volunteers that help make all these programs a success – we continue to have a need for more. The key is to have sustainable funding to ensure we can continue to provide all of the services our children and their families depend on throughout the year. We have experienced a reduction or elimination of some traditional funding sources, so new Fundraising Initiatives and Donor Development are needed to keep the programs going. The Board of Directors and Staff have been initiating some contacts in the local business community and public sector. We could use more connections, if you believe you can assist.

I am always amazed at the dedication and support we receive from the many Volunteers and Parents that help at our events. We would not be able to offer all our services without your support. I want to welcome three new Board Members to Children at Risk. They are Alexandra Jeffrey, Bill Pocock and Graham Estey. We look forward to your contributions. I also want to thank Carrie Groulx for her past service as a Board Member. I wish you all a wonderful autumn season.

Mark Lalonde,

Board President

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