A ‘graduate’ gives back

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(Pictured: Rebbekka from The Centre, Jaya & friends at Hazelgrove Elementary)

8 year old Jaya Garner celebrated her birthday by giving back – $1,500 to be exact! Jaya is a ‘graduate’ of The Centre for Child Development.  For her 8th birthday, she collected donations instead of gifts at her party.   Jaya collected $500 and a friend of the family, who owns BMF Homes, matched and doubled her donation for a final tally of $1,500.

Jaya presented the cheque to The Centre with her classmates at Hazelgrove Elementary late last month.

“The Centre for Child Development has provided Jaya and our family with a significant amount of support. We couldn’t think of a better way to show our appreciation,” explains Greg Garner, Jaya’s father.

“Jaya’s thoughtful generosity is impressive for any 8 year old, but is an especially inspiring reminder of why we do what we do every day at The Centre – to be able to stand back in awe at the tremendous contribution that every child can make. The connections and friendships formed at The Centre are strong and enduring, and we are so proud of Jaya and grateful for her,” said Gerard Bremault, CEO.

March into Spring Tours at The Centre

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The Centre for Child Development hosted a series of tours in March and April to reach out to our community.

We were pleased to welcome a number of individuals and representatives from local businesses to visit The Centre and learn more about what we do. In particular, we showcased how our unfunded programs change children’s lives.

The programs that are solely funded through donations are:

Thank you so much to all our guests who took time out of their day to visit.  If you’d like to learn more about The Centre and all the ways to make a difference, please contact us! We’d love to meet you!

16th Annual Run, Walk & Roll for Our Kids

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Join The Centre for Child Development, supported by the Child Development Foundation of British Columbia for our 16th Annual Run, Walk & Roll for our Kids on Sunday June 4th 2017 at Bear Creek Park.

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This event is a 2K Walk/Roll 5K Walk/Run or 10K Walk/Run for athletes of all abilities. Register, collect donations, have fun and help make a difference that matters to children with special needs and their families.

School Challenge! Register a team from your school with ten or more participants and be entered into a draw! Contact Rebbekka at rebbekka@the-centre.org or 604 533 4884 ext. 236 for more details.

Early registration is just $20 per participant and includes access to the day’s activities as well as a water bottle!  The regular registration for those signing up after May 20th, 2017 is $30 per participant.

Children six and under are free.

Race packets can be picked up on Saturday June 3rd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at The Centre for Child Development (9460 140th Street, Surrey) to avoid line-ups on race day.

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Dine to Make a Difference 2017

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This year’s Dine to Make a Difference will take place at Elements Casino on May 5, 2017!

With a Kentucky Derby theme, the Champagne Reception starts at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and the evening program.

Bring your appetite, dust off your dancing shoes and be ready to place your bets!

Join the Winners Circle and purchase a VIP ticket for $150 (eligible for a $100 charitable tax receipt), a VIP table of 8 for $1,200 (eligible for a $800 charitable tax receipt) or purchase a regular ticket for $65.

Contact lluvia@the-centre.org for sponsorship opportunities.

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Judy Krawchuk recognized by Surrey Board of Trade

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(Pictured: Lenore Rattray, Judy Krawchuk, Board Chair Tony Miles, Past Board Chair James Stewart)

The Surrey Women in Business Awards Luncheon celebrates the hard work of Surrey’s businesswomen and their contributions to Surrey. Judy Krawchuk was recognized as a finalist in the Not for Profit Leader category at the event, held at the Sheraton Guildford.

Judy has been with The Centre for Child Development for 18 years and performs two key roles: Vice President of the Child Development Foundation of BC and Director of Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre.

Through the Foundation, Judy has built The Centre’s annual events from the ground up and continues to evolve and innovate to ensure the ongoing success of these fundraisers.   Last year’s Gala of Hope raised $312,000, enabling The Centre’s programs to continue to help children reach their potential.

“I am continually impressed with Judy’s exceptional ability to engage people of all backgrounds in the service of our children and families,” says Gerard Bremault, MSW, RSW, Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Child Development and Sophie’s Place. “She always finds a way to meet and exceed her goals with positivity and grace.”

Judy was involved from the inception of Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre. Sophie’s Place brings together a multi-disciplinary team that works with children who have experienced abuse in a child-friendly space. As the Director, Judy is a key player in the program’s ongoing success and growth. “Without Judy’s exceptional efforts, Sophie’s Place would simply not exist,” says Bremault.

The awards ceremony hosted approximately 450 guests and Margaret Trudeau was the highly anticipated keynote speaker.

CEO Gerard Bremault, Sgt. Lyndsay O’Ruairc honoured for leadership at Surrey Cares Awards

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CEO Gerard Bremault and Sgt. Lyndsay O’Ruairc were honoured last night at the inaugural Serving with Distinction Awards, held by the Surrey Cares Community Foundation at a ceremony at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel.

The Serving with Distinction Awards were established to publicly recognize local non-profits and charities in Surrey.  Over 20 individuals and groups were nominated in six categories and the winners received a blown-glass award.

“It was a pleasure to take part in the very first Serving with Distinction Awards ceremony, and an honour to be nominated alongside so many excellent organizations in Surrey,” said Bremault, who received the Leadership award.  Sgt. O’Ruairc was nominated for her work with the Sophie’s Place team.



Members of Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib raise funds for Sophie’s Place

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Members of the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib presented Sophie’s Place Child & Youth Advocacy Centre with a cheque in the amount of $18,000 from funds raised at the event In Remembrance of Sahibzaade.

The Sahibzaade event is an annual event celebrating two very courageous and strong young boys, martyred at the age of nine and six over 300 years ago. They were tortured for refusing to renounce their religion. The brothers are among the most hallowed martyrs in Sikhism.

Sophie’s Place Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (named after our patron, Sophie Tweed-Simmons), allows children and youth aged 0-18 to report their experience of physical, mental or sexual abuse in a child-friendly space where they feel safe and welcome. Since 2012, our trained staff and law enforcement professionals have worked to ensure the children who come to us are heard, and their families have the support they need.

“We are humbled with the generosity of the temple and are privileged to know how much our work at Sophie’s Place honours this celebrated story of bravery and courage” says Judy Krawchuk, Director of Sophie’s Place.

With 1 in 3 Canadian girls, and 1 in 6 Canadian boys being sexually abused before they reach adulthood, Sophie’s Place gives children a place to go where they can express what’s happened to them in a child friendly, safe environment. Since opening, over 500 children have been supported by Sophie’s Place.

Visit from Minister Carla Qualtrough

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We were pleased to welcome The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport & Persons with Disabilities to announce funding for accessibility projects under the Enabling Accessibility Fund on January 17.

The Centre for Child Development received funding to complete a child-friendly waiting room and playroom, an accessible first aid room and a communication therapy office.

After the conference, Minister Qualtrough spent some time learning about the therapies we provide at The Centre and engaging with several Centre families who were participating in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy sessions.

4 year old Evelyn was being fitted for a corrective splint in our Casting & Splinting Department.  Corrective splints are used to increase functionality and comfort in a number of situations.

We had a fun time showing her all the things we do here at The Centre For Child Development and we thank her for spending time with us!

2016 Family Holiday Dinner

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of White Rock-Peace Arch and all the volunteers who helped us put on such a wonderful dinner for our children and families!

Not only did these kind volunteers give the gift of time, they so generously donated the funds for the Hydrotherapy Pool sling that we so desperately need in order to assist some of the children in accessing the pool.

Happy Holidays!  You can see all the pictures on our Facebook page.