Greeting to all! As I construct this message the snow is falling quite heavily. I was in Buffalo recently and I must say we have been very fortunate not to have 6 feet of snow like them. The days turn colder and Christmas approaches, but let’s not forget that the everyday operation of Children at Risk still carries on.
Brenda, Bambina, Hazel and Gillian continue fantastically to run our busy affairs. They organize fund raising, co-coordinate volunteers and ensure that Camp Kaleidoscope, Saturday Fun Club, The Picnic, “Date Night” and Siblings Groups were all major successes. We also want to acknowledge Facilitators Liz, Yass, Amanda, Kim and Lisa – as well as Christine for Intake ... and the dozens of Camp Counsellors who work for us in the summer as well as throughout the year!
As in other years, sponsors like The Kings Daughters and Sons, The Capital Chordettes, Dragon Boat Foundation, Unity for Autism, Community Foundation of Ottawa are major reasons for our success – for the ability to exist and offer services for our Families.
In 2015 I would like to task members of our community to point us in the direction of additional corporate sponsors. Contact Brenda if you can help. Fundraising and Events have kept us floating, but they take a tremendous amount of effort and time ... some annual, sustainable funding is the answer to long-term viability!
I would like to thank our admin team (Brenda, Bambina, Gillian & Hazel) as well as all the volunteers for making 2014 another good year for CAR. A special thank-you to Carleton University for reaching out to us with the placement of co-op student Katherine (Kat) Legros this Fall.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
9th Annual “ROLLIN’ FOR RISK”Bowl-A-Thon for Autism Walkley Bowling Lanes Sunday, January 25, 2015