Charities being supported this year are Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, Kamloops Brain Injury Association, Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism and Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. To donate, go online to bcicf.ca/kamloops-this-week-christmas-cheer-fund. Donations are accepted online thanks to a partnership with the BC Interior Foundation. Donations can also be dropped off at the KTW office, at 1365B Dalhousie Dr. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Cheques should be made out to the BC Interior Community Foundation.
The Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism provides educational, therapeutic, life skills and family support services for those with autism spectrum disorder.
Support from the KTW Christmas Cheer Fund makes a big difference for the centre.
This is the second year the centre is a beneficiary of the Cheer Fund. As the impact of COVID-19 is diminishing, the centre’s programs are returning to normal capacity levels. Financial support from last year’s Cheer Fund has helped.
“Last year was the best year ever with the Christmas Cheer,” said Wanda Eddy, executive director of the Chris Rose Centre for Autism. “It’s an amazing thing when you’ve had a pandemic and people didn’t really have the same job income and, yet, the readers came through so strongly.”
The centre’s school-based day programs have maintained normal levels this past year, gradually returning to activities — such as the swimming program — as the easing of restrictions allowed. The centre also offers an adult program that address the needs of people with autism spectrum disorder who are 19 years of age and older and who are clients of Community Living British Columbia.
The adult program was fairly significantly impacted during COVID because of group-size limits. It has since returned to full capacity. “We expanded and we’re doing well,” Eddy said.
The centre found new ways of connecting with fundraising and with people during the pandemic, such as hosting an art auction instead of a golf tournament. “It went well, “ Eddy said.
“We connected with other people, like artists that we hadn’t connected with. A non-for profit has to change for the times to be viable. We were really happy about the Turtle Race and how everybody supported us.”
Eddy said the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism is appreciative of the support it has received in Kamloops for many years.
“It’s a unique organization,” Eddy said. “It doesn’t exist anywhere else in its format. The city of Kamloops and surrounding areas have supported it, so they should be proud of that.”
The centre is named after Chris Rose, a longtime educator whose greatest focus has been to support those with special needs. Rose founded the Chris Rose Foundation, which has continued to be instrumental in raising funds for the centre.
Autism affects about one in every 68 children. Studies also show autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls.
For more information on the Chris Rose Therapy Centre for Autism, go online to chrisrosecentre.org.
THANK YOU, DONORS!
VW Turtle Race: $11,000
Tim Shoults: $50
Greg Harris: $25
Nel Sarrasin: $50
Ron & Susan Durant: $100
Dianne Jackson: $50
Anna Evenrude: $50
Willa Dale: $50
John & Val Kemp: $100
Cal & Pat Moulton: $100
Darren, Sharlene & Kyle McIlwain: $158
Darla Flett, in memory of Cheroo Beanut: $50
Kathy Kendall: $200
Gerald & Wendy Patrick, in memory of Kelly Patrick: $100
Jo-Mary & Bob Hunter: $200
Susan Peachey: $50
Gwen Mackinder, in memory of friend Sophia: $50
Sharon Langland, in memory of Sharon & David Frampton: $100
Kamloops Old Time Fiddlers: $100