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.
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.
Park IT,our outdoor summer playgroup for children with special needs and their families, has wrapped up with the final Park IT date on August 26th. We are proud to say that with the move to two days a week, this year's Park IT program was a huge hit with families!
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.
This proved to be a busy summer for Aspire, and we are grateful for such tremendous community support! Check out the businesses and organizations who chose to support Aspire through their fun summertime events...
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....
The Red Deer Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta is accepting applications to their upcoming THINK SOCIAL program. The primary goal of the program is to assist students in acquiring social competencies that foster and enhance relationships.
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!
Aspire is excited to have received a recent donation that will ensure the continuation of a very popular summer program. TransCanada Corporation has provided funding for Aspire's ParkIt program. Funds will also enable Aspire to purchase a new computer and materials for our Resource Library.