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so that we can help children and youth with special needs today and tomorrow.
We are excited to be selected as one of nine inaugural Jumpstart Accessibility Grant recipients, receiving $1,000,000 to support the development of – A Multipurpose Gym, An Outdoor Sensory/Wheeling Trail and an elevated wheeling/walking bridge along the tree-top canopy of the woods for the NEW Grandview Children’s Centre.
Thank you Jumpstart!
Jumpstart Congratulates Inclusive Play Grant Recipients
- Canada Embraces Inclusive and Accessible Play
- Three Grants of $1 Million Each Provided through Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way Movement
TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, inclusive and accessible play will be brought to more communities across the country. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities’ inaugural Accessibility Grants, including three separate awards of $1 million, will help make recreation facilities accessible to kids and families, breaking down barriers to sport and play.
“We received more than 200 grant submissions from across the country and I only wish we had the ability to fund them all,” said Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “Congratulations to our first Accessibility Grant recipients and to all those who are dedicated to making something special happen for deserving kids.”
- The Living City Foundation for its Bolton Camp Revitalization Project which will help in the transformation of the Bolton Camp in Caledon, Ontario into a fully accessible, all-season recreation complex benefitting thousands of local kids who face physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities;
- The Grandview Children’s Foundation for its support of a new Grandview Children’s Centre facility in Ajax where imaginative spaces will facilitate physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and enhanced playtime and enjoyable therapeutic recreation for children and youth with physical, communication and developmental needs and Durham Region community partners;
- The City of Victoria for the replacement of the Crystal Pool and Wellness Centre; the future building will be a truly inclusive recreation facility, anticipating a 35 per cent increase in visits thanks to the removal of barriers and introduction of new features such as lifts and ramps for pool tanks, fully accessible change facilities, and adaptive fitness equipment.
Six additional grants are being awarded to the Town of Kindersley (SK), the Peterborough (ON) Sport and Wellness Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Foothills (AB), City of Hamilton (ON), City of St. John’s (NL) and Durham Region Challenger Baseball (ON) as a part of Jumpstart’s Play Finds a Way movement.
As part of Jumpstart’s Play Finds A Way movement, a commitment by Canadian Tire Corporation to help raise $50-million in an effort to remove accessibility barriers to sport and play, Jumpstart Accessibility Grants support capital costs of construction and renovations to improve physical accessibility to, and inclusivity in, recreation facilities. This marks the first of five years the Jumpstart Accessibility Grants will be available, with applications for the 2019 grants scheduled to open in December 2018 via jumpstart.canadiantire.ca. Eligible organizations include municipalities and public recreation centres and facilities, schools and community organizations with publically accessible facilities, and public recreation spaces owned and operated by private foundations.
About Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is a national charity dedicated to helping kids overcome financial and accessibility barriers to sport and recreation in order to provide inclusive play for kids of all abilities. With an extensive, national network of more than 2,100 Community Partners and nearly 300 local chapters, Jumpstart helps eligible families cover the costs of registration, transportation, and equipment, and provides funding to selected organizations for recreational infrastructure and programming. Supported by the Government of Canada through Sport Canada and the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, which includes Canadian Tire, PartSource, Gas+, FGL (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport and Atmosphere), Mark’s and Canadian Tire Financial Services, Jumpstart has enabled 1.6 million Canadian kids and counting to get in the game since 2005. For more information, visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Grandview Children's Foundation
Grandview Children’s Foundation is dedicated to helping kids with disabilities throughout Durham Region to achieve their personal best.
Grandview Children’s Foundation was established in 1995 to work with the community to raise funds in support of Grandview Children’s Centre. Through the generosity of our donors, Grandview Children’s Foundation helps kids achieve their personal best. Often it’s through the gifts of our community that Grandview Kids take their first steps, say their first words and achieve firsts of many kinds.
In addition to working to support the programs and services through our annual giving program, Grandview Children’s Foundation has recently launched the $20 million BELIEVE capital campaign in support of a new Grandview Children’s Centre headquarters.
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ZOEY – The Right Amount
Zoey packs a lot of sass into her tiny three-year-old body topped with pig-tails. Comfortingly, it will serve her well.
Grandview Kid Zoey
Zoey packs a lot of sass into her tiny three-year-old body topped with pig-tails. Comfortingly, it will serve her well.
After receiving a diagnosis of Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy which affects the right side of her body, SickKids referred us to Grandview to help her function and do simple things like scratching her left arm.
Full of energy to play, she loves going to her early Thursday morning occupational therapy and physiotherapy appointments at Grandview. Focusing on fine and gross motor skills with her beloved therapists, dress up is fun and not a boring exercise in the mechanics of putting on clothes. She learned how to walk and hold a cup with both hands. Before therapy she didn’t realize that her right hand even existed. Repetitive cues remind her.
Her therapy at Grandview comes home as we help her negotiate the bathroom or climb the stairs. Her six-year-old brother Miles is so sweet with her. He prompts Zoey to use her right hand or wipes her face when she may drool. She wants to be just like him. It drives her. He can get through to Zoey when she is annoyed with us. True to her nature, it happens quite frequently.
Grandview equipped Zoey with an ankle-foot orthosis and a specialized chair to use at daycare. Both created big, stabilizing improvements for her. They worked with her daycare providers and referred her to horseback riding therapy. That explains her obsession with horses.
Back in 2015 we didn’t know where to go. Since turning to Grandview they introduced us to another family in a similar situation. Along with them we joined a Facebook group where we share our experiences with those who understand. Many people still don’t realize that a child with leg braces is just like everyone else.
Every day we face stares and sometimes judgement. It bothers us. Grandview helps kids build their character and lets them know they are not alone.
Recently another child tried to push Zoey at the park because she wasn’t climbing up the steps of the slide fast enough. We asked Grandview about how to deal with problems like this. They told us we should never be ashamed to ask others for patience and Zoey should never be ashamed to ask for help. We must teach her to stand up and speak up for herself. Gratefully, she has no problem with that.
Grandview is a home away from home for us and a part of our family. They are very accepting and open to any disability.
The new headquarters will help many people that are on the waitlist or need a place to do therapy. That being said, it’s important to keep supporting Grandview because it just doesn’t stop. Cerebral Palsy is one of those things that is going to be a life-long disabilityfor kids.
As for Zoey, we will continue to work with Grandview for as long as possible to foster her independence and her voice as she moves on up through life.
When it comes to choosing a charity to support, it helps to pick a cause that touches your heart and to truly understand where the money you’re donating is going. At Grandview, it doesn’t take long for you to see your generosity making real change in the lives of children and youth with disabilities.
When it comes to choosing a charity to support, it helps to pick a cause that touches your heart and to truly understand where the money you’re donating is going.
At Grandview, it doesn’t take long for you to see your generosity making real change in the lives of children and youth with disabilities.
For donor, HMA The BENEFITS People’s President, Barry Mount the choice to support Grandview Children’s Centre and Foundation is because of the kids and the devoted parents cheering them on every step of the way.
“When I look at the Grandview Kids… honest to God, they are just such happy kids. I see nothing but joy. It doesn’t matter whether they’re in a wheel chair or using a walker, they are smiling. At the same time I’m aware of the difficulty the parents have to go through,” Barry said. “Often many people react to kids with special needs with misunderstanding or fear. If people were informed enough to know that these kids are just like any other kids and may just require some unique approaches or considerations, there would be much more inclusivity. The families of children with special needs are doing awesome jobs; when you add some of the complexities that they face to the already challenging job of raising a child, you realize the life of dedication that the parents have to that child. I have the greatest admiration for that.” Barry thinks of himself as a very fortunate man. As a child he witnessed firsthand how a disability can affect a family. His father fell off a six-storey building, breaking his back, legs, arms, wrists, and severely damaging his pelvis and internal organs.
“I didn’t know Dad was disabled until I was in my teens. He was always just Dad to me, not my disabled father. He did everything other Dad’s did. He just had a little bit more difficulty doing it,” Barry said.
While his father dealt with everyday life managing his mobility challenges, his mother pursued an education receiving a college diploma followed by a university degree in social work at the age of 53.
She chose a career helping children and worked with the Children’s Aid Society for more than a decade.
“I’m very lucky to have had two very different parents,” said Barry. “I feel so fortunate in life. I am a Dad and am close with both of my children.”
Barry’s children never needed the services of Grandview. He said he doesn’t understand fully why he was so drawn to Grandview in the beginning but can understand why he continues to support the centre today.
“I feel I have been very fortunate in my life and when I see someone who may be generalized as the underdog, I want to do my best to encourage and assist in offering a helping hand; I think about how tough it is for the Mom and Dad who possess such a great love for their child and how challenging it would feel when that child doesn’t have the access to things that may help them succeed” he explained. “Grandview needs and deserves help from the community; offering services to children and families that are facing personal challenges is something that the community should feel obligated to help with.”
Barry is not just a donor to Grandview Kids. He has become a true friend, supporter and advocate.
As a member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, Barry has most recently taken on the task of being a Grandview Ambassador.
“I’m trying to get all of Durham’s Rotary Clubs together to raise half a million dollars. It’s one step at a time. I want to stay positive that we’re going to get there. We have passed $250,000 raised now. I’m not going to take my eyes off the mark until we get there,” he said. “My next idea… my pledge is when I get the work done with Rotary, I will work on all service clubs. I want to reach out to Lions, Knights of Columbus and so on. I want to be a Grandview Ambassador, raise money for these amazing kids and families and help get a new Grandview built.”