An Inclusive Space for Youth to make Meaningful Connections

July 6, 2018

It’s Saturday night at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children— clinics are closed and offices are completely still. But one corner of the building is buzzing, and the excitement can be heard ringing throughout the hallways.

Ellie Boggs (left) and Recreation Therapist, Maya Kirstein, at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children’s Saturday Night for Teens program. Your generosity made it possible for 60 youth to attend the program this year.

“It gets loud sometimes, but that’s okay,” says 13-year-old Ellie Boggs about Saturday Night for Teens, a program run at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.A group of about a dozen teens are busy prepping ingredients to make homemade pizzas, while another handful sit around a nearby table crafting colourful key chains.

The program is best described as a fun hang-out with friends. A group of about 15 youth meet every month at the centre where they cook dinner, play cards, do crafts, and a whole variety of other activities.

“Out of 500 students at Ellie’s middle school, she is only one of two kids who use a wheelchair,” explains Ellie’s mom, Chrystie Kroeker Boggs.

“While this isn’t normally a big deal, and she has great friends who include her in every activity, Ellie also really appreciates the times when she can hang out with kids who are like her.  It is comforting for her to hang out with peers who understand some of the unique struggles she has because of her disability.  These Saturday nights are the time when no one even notices her wheelchair.”

Saturday Night for Teens is part of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children’s LIFE (Leisure in Fun Environments) program, which is entirely funded by the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation. The LIFE program provides a wide-range of activities, from cooking clubs to music therapy classes, everything is focused on inclusion and ability.

Staff member, Raija (left), and participant, Jhaz, prepare Pizza at Saturday Night for Teens, a program entirely funded by your support of the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation.

“Many of the youth who attend Saturday Night for Teens are not able to go out on their own or make plans with their friends. We are able to provide a parent-free zone, where teens can be teens and hang out in a fun and supportive environment.”“For parents raising children with special needs, these opportunities can be hard to find,” says Carol Kehler, a physiotherapist with the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.

Your donations made it possible for 60  teenagers to attend Saturday Night for Teens and make meaningful friendships this past year.

“I have lots of friends here. It’s a lot of fun,” Ellie says. And if the noise ringing through the hallway is any indication, there’s lots of that happening here.

Saturday Night for Teens is made possible through your support! Donate today!

Congrats to our Starkids WestJet Ticket Raffle Winner!

T. Tanchak, with ticket number 1503, is the winner of our Canadian Tire Regent Starkids Golf Tournament West Jet raffle!

Thank you to all who participated and supporting the foundation!

RBC Cruisin’ Down the Crescent Raises $142,000

June 28, 2018

Thank you to every participant, donor and donor who supported this year’s event. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Over one thousand supporters walked, jogged and biked down Wellington Crescent on Sunday, June 10, helping the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation raise an incredible $142,000. RBC Cruisin’ Down the Crescent is one of the foundation’s biggest fundraisers and allows us provide children with specialized equipment and modified leisure programs.

Mark your calendars! Next year’s RBC Cruisin’ Down the Crescent is Sunday, June 9, 2019.

You can visit cruisindownthecrescent.ca to see more photos from the day!

Win Two Return Airfares Anywhere WestJet Flies!

June 13, 2018

Only 2,000 tickets printed! Purchase yours before July 5 for a chance to win two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies! 

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling Mario at (204) 258-6700.

Draw will be made at our Canadian Tire Regent Starkids Golf Tournament.

Rules and conditions apply:

  • includes all air travel fees, taxes and surcharges and is valid on WestJet flights only. Not valid for flights on or continues on WestJet’s code share partners.
  • All gifts of flight are subject to promotional space availability at the time of booking. Peak dates such as statutory holidays and airline blackout periods (Christmas, Easter< long weekends and spring break etc) are considered blackout periods and are not available for gifts of flight. 
  • Flights must be round trips. Open jaw bookings are not permitted.
  • Winning ticket must be presented when claiming prize at Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation. 
  • Prize voucher must be used by June 10, 2019
  • Ticket purchaser must be 18 years old to participate

Register for RBC Cruisin’ Down the Crescent!

May 3, 2018

Please head to our NEW event website cruisindownthecrescent.ca to register, enter our WestJet raffle, and meet this year’s Parade Marshall!