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An update for friends and partners of ErinoakKids
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Community Newsletter | Spring 2017

An update from Bridget Fewtrell, President & CEO

 
With the start of spring comes new beginnings for ErinoakKids and a period of excitement and jubilation as our new purpose-built facilities take shape. It is a project that has been a decade in the making and one that marks a historical moment for our organization. For the first time in more than 40 years, we are constructing new buildings to better meet the needs of our 16,000 plus clients and families.
 
Staff are excited, kids are excited and our families are excited! While we had hoped to move into our new spaces in May, unforeseen construction delays means our new move date has shifted to late fall 2017/early 2018. Nonetheless, our teams have been working tirelessly to ensure we are ready to serve clients and families once we are in these brand new buildings!
 
The buildings themselves will provide more than 250,000 square feet of treatment space to serve our clients and families with everything from new Longo’s Family Resource Centres, to outdoor courtyards and therapeutic play areas, adapted fitness facilities, a trainspotting nook at our Mississauga site, and a warm-water therapy pool at our Brampton location.
 
Of course these wonderful new facilities and the comprehensive programming we are able to provide would not be possible without the tremendous support of the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Children and Youth Services alongside the philanthropic generosity of our donors. Through ErinoakKids In My Dreams fundraising campaign, aimed at raising $20 million for critical programming and therapy equipment, we are proud to announce we have raised more than $12 million to date.
 
We are delighted we have nearly reached our goal but there is more work to be done! As construction nears completion on the buildings over the next few months, stay connected at www.erinoakkids.ca to learn more about our progress and how you can help us make dreams come true for children and youth with disabilities.



Bridget Fewtrell

Construction surpasses 60 percent milestone!

Construction is progressing well at each of ErinoakKids' three new sites. With construction nearing completion on the external facade of the building, work is concentrated on completing painting and construction of interior spaces. The buildings are expected to open in late 2017/early 2018. Learn more >>

ErinoakKids helps Cameron get back to her passion

In early 2015, Cameron Brenan was living life like any normal 10 year-old -- excelling in school, spending time with family, and enjoying hobbies like synchronized swimming. It was not until she was getting ready for her first swimming competition that Cameron noticed something was wrong. She suddenly started feeling weak and could not stand on her own. Her health quickly deteriorated and after several tests, she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare condition that would require months of intense therapy and the help of ErinoakKids experts. Read full story >>

ErinoakKids introduces innovative services for autism clients

Autism services in Ontario have been undergoing a number of changes recently to improve the support and services available for children and youth with autism and their families. With the support of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS), ErinoakKids is leading the way with an evidence-based early intervention model for children showing early signs of Autism and/or developmental delay. In addition, ErinoakKids is launching a new interprofessional diagnostic clinic for children and youth suspected of having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Read full story >>

New online system helps parents submit documents electronically

A new online portal recently launched by ErinoakKids now allows parents of kids with disabilities the option to submit important documents and paperwork electronically, saving time and improving processing times. The new changes apply to families receiving funding directly from government for autism services and for families who receive Special Services at Home. Read full story >>
UPCOMING EVENTS

Join us on Thursday, June 22 for a wonderful themed evening overlooking the Credit River with spectacular food, live entertainment, auctions and fellowship for the 12th annual Starr's on the Credit fundraiser, hosted by Mississauga Councillor Ron Star. All proceeds from the event will support ErinoakKids. For more information, including sponsorship and vendor opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Starr's on the Credit website

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Help kids with disabilities reach for their dreams. Donate today and help provide families with critical programming and supports.
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