When Aspire submitted the bid for the 2015 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off last spring, we created a grand wish list for the funds. If Aspire was chosen for the event, what would we do with the funds raised? What impact would the funds have on our mission?
The wish list included capital items like flooring replacement and changing lighting from fluorescent to LED, as well as equipment and furnishings for the 3rdfloor Transdisciplinary Assessment and Consultation Program (TAC) space. Without knowing the final amount of funds raised from the 2015 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off, any firm planning was on hold until completion of the event. Another major consideration was when the renovations could be completed, as there is a narrow window of opportunity to complete larger jobs like this during the summer months when programming is limited.
For the past five years, Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre has been working towards the goals laid out in a Strategic Plan created in 2010. Looking to the future, the Board of Directors of Aspire undertook a process to establish a new strategic plan for Aspire in early 2014, as we came to the end of the time frame for the previous plan. There have been many changes since 2009 when that plan was initiated, and it was imperative to the Strategic Planning Committee that the new plan reflect these changes, and chart a clear course for Aspire to follow throughout the next 5 years. After an extensive process that involved gathering information, summarizing, and setting out a clear vision and goals for the future of Aspire, our new Strategic Plan is finally here!
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!
On January 12th , Aspire staff participated in a Professional Development Day, completing training and attending valuable presentations.
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.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Early Access to Supportive Education (EASE) Preschool Program, please stop by our Preschool Information Night on February 21st, 2018 at 6:30pm. Staff from our EASE Preschool will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the program with those interested in learning more.
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.
We are so excited about a generous new supporter: WorleyParsonsCord!
Kate Thomson of WorleyParsonsCord, Blackfalds, contacted us in November asking for some information on Aspire so she could give it to her employer for consideration of a corporate donation. Kate is the mother of two sons who have benefited from the services of Aspire. Riley participated in our six week TAC program (diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD) and moved on to our EASE Preschool program for two years. Nolan, who also has ASD, spent two years in the EASE program, as well. Today, at the ages of 12 and 10, both boys are doing great at school and are adjusting accordingly.
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!