Our Aspire Family Christmas Party was held on December 18th, 2014, at the Chalet at the Westerner. With over 200 people joining us for this festive event, this party proved to be a huge hit with Aspire families and children. Our guests enjoyed carollers, crafts, treats, and visits with Santa! It was great to see both current and past Aspire families enjoying the evening, including some little ones with impressive dance moves!
In October, the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off Cabinet announced that Aspire is the 2015 partner charity for this years’ event. Since that time, the Celebrity dancers have started practicing their moves while preparations for the event are taking shape.
The Class of 2015 Celebrity dancers are all featured on the Aspire website. Please take a moment to get to know these hard working community members who will not only raise funds for Aspire, but will also brave the dance floor in front of an 800+ crowd in March for our mission.
In partnership with Alberta’s Promise, Aspire is excited to announce we have received an equipment grant from IBM Canada Ltd., as part of the IBM KidSmart Early Learning Program. The innovative new IBM Young Explorer computer workstation is located in Aspire’s main reception area for children and families to utilize while they wait for appointments. This station will also be used by children in our programs, on an individual basis.
Join us on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014! We will be hosting two Registered Disability Savings Plan Information Sessions. The first will run from 1:30pm-3:00pm, and the second will run from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Both sessions will be held here at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre.
This past summer, Stantec partnered with Westerner Park for the second ‘We All Play’ program at Westerner Days Fair & Exposition. The concept of the program was to provide complimentary admission and parking passes to Central Alberta families who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the Fair. Stantec chose Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre as its charity of choice for 2014, allowing 70 Aspire families the chance to attend the Fair and enjoy the sites and sounds of Westerner Days.
In October, four members of our Transdisciplinary Assessment and Consultation (TAC) team traveled to Toronto to attend the Geneva Centre for Autism International Symposium. We are so pleased that our staff were able to take advantage of this opportunity to stay up to date on the most current research and practices surrounding autism. Here is a wrap-up from the TAC team who attended the conference:
What a pleasure it was to attend the Autism conference hosted by the Geneva Centre for Autism with researchers, fellow clinicians, individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, artists, educators and family members. The commitment to autism continues and was evident in this large gathering. We were proud to be a part of such an amazing conference made up of people from over 11 different countries. Almost 1500 delegates in total!
Our staff are back from summer break and ready to welcome lots of new and returning children to this year's programming, beginning on September 2nd. Get your program updates and meet our new team members here....
Thank you to the Hillsdown Women’s Institute for their very generous recent gift of $5,000 to Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. The Women’s Institute was formed in 1946 to serve the community through good works. Over the years these ladies have quilted, crafted, and catered to raise funds to support rural infrastructure and then later on, worthy community organizations. As well, the members of the Hillsdown Women’s Institute have been involved in political letter writing, as well as maintaining and operating their community centre, the former Hillsdown School.
This year, the Bo's & Friends Golf Classic chose Aspire as the charity of choice for their annual golf tournament, held on July 24th at the Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club. Thanks to supportive vendors, generous golfers, and some very special individual donations, Aspire accepted nearly $15,000 from this tournament!