It's been an exciting year at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, and the public is invited to see what we've been up to.
As the charity of choice for the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2015 held last March, Aspire received invaluable support from the community. At the Friends of Aspire Open House on October 21, guests will be taken on guided tours to see how Aspire used your donations to renovate the interior of our building, which directly impacts children with special needs.
Join us for the Friends of Aspire Open House:
Option 1: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Short program begins at noon and speakers will include:
1) Michelle Sluchinski, executive director of Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre
2) Christine Moore and Jeanne Davis, co-chairs of Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2016
3) Judy Robins Weir, chairperson of Aspire's board of directors
Option 2: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Drop-in format with no program
Light refreshments will be served during each time option.
Please RSVP with your preferred time by October 16 to 403.2606 or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Open House will be held at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, located at 4826 47 Street in Red Deer.
For further details on the funding and timelines of our recent renovation project, visit the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2015 page.
Aspire is undertaking its third annual fall fundraiser, selling pizzas and a variety of food items through a Coco Brooks Fundraising Campaign.
Our goal this year is to raise $2,000, which we will put towards updating the foyer in our building, including a paint makeover, electronic donor recognition screen, mission statement signage and more. This project will be this icing on the cake for all of the exciting renovations at Aspire this year!
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!
Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre held its Evening of Decadent Dessert fundraiser on Friday, May 8, and the 21st annual event proved to be another deliciously successful evening.
“This is always such a wonderful event, with people from the community, as well as Aspire parents, families and staff coming together to support children with special needs,” says Michelle Sluchinski, executive director with Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre. “This year was another great opportunity to showcase some of our families’ experiences and that really helps people to understand the incredible positive impact that Aspire can have on local families.”
On January 12th , Aspire staff participated in a Professional Development Day, completing training and attending valuable presentations.
On Wednesday, May 20, Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre will host two free information sessions that are open to the public.
The sessions will be led by Servus Credit Union Investment Specialist, Greg Hebert, who will provide information and answer questions about the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). This savings plan is intended to help parents and others save for the long term financial security of a person who is eligible for the disability tax credit.
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 17th, 2016 at 7:00pm. Staff from our EASE Preschool will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the program with those interested in learning more.
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.
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.