City, Community Groups to Fulfill B.C Teen’s Dream to Visit PEI

The City of Charlottetown is pleased to announce a partnership between community organizations to fulfill a British Columbia student’s dream to visit Prince Edward Island.

 

The Autism Society of PEI, City of Charlottetown, Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club, and Stars for Life Foundation will host a fundraising barbeque event on Thursday, June 5 at the Charlottetown Fire Department, 89 Kent Street, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Money raised will be used to fund a PEI family vacation for Brooklyn Mavis.

 

The 15-year-old British Columbian student was scheduled to participate in a student exchange last month that did not occur due to circumstances beyond her control. Brooklyn, who has autism and epilepsy, was devastated that her wish to visit PEI would not happen. That’s when community groups and the City of Charlottetown decided to join forces to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion and raise funds to help Brooklyn have a positive Island experience.

 

“Inclusion matters,” said Faye Williams, Vice-President of the Autism Society of PEI. “We’re very pleased to be able to work with the City of Charlottetown and other community partners to show Brooklyn our world famous Island hospitality and help make Brooklyn’s dream a reality.”

 

Donations will be accepted by the Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club at the barbeque on June 5.

 

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Media contacts:
Jennifer Gavin

Communications Officer

City of Charlottetown

902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca

Faye Williams

Vice-President

Autism Society of PEI

902-566-4844

nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca

MRSB Chartered Accountants Staff Raise $525.00 for the Autism Society of PEI with their Summer Fun Basket Draw

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Thank you to the staff of MRSB Chartered Accountants for creating a Summer Fun basket with all proceeds of ticket sales supporting the Autism Society of PEI. $525.00 was raised in total and the lucky winner of the basket was Lori Kays. Thank you to everyone for your support!

A huge thanks especially to the staff at MRSB Chartered Accountants for choosing to support the Autism Society of PEI with both fundraising and volunteer efforts. Above: Staff of MRSB spend a Saturday afternoon volunteering to support a S.T.A.T.S Charity Golf Tournament grocery bagging fundraising event at Sobeys on Allen street.

 

Autism Society of PEI Office Closure from January 10th, 2014 until March 10th, 2014

As of January 10th, 2014 I will be taking extended leave from the office and will be returning on March 10th, 2014. The office will be closed during this time but our dedicated Board of Directors of the Autism Society will still be checking emails, mail, phone calls, monitoring the website and touching base on Society details while I am gone. On behalf of the Autism Society of PEI, please have a safe winter and do not hesitate to email, phone or touch base with our Board of Directors will I am gone. The office email of Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca and the office phone number of 566-4844 will be monitored. The office will reopen on Monday, January 10th, 2014. All the best, Nathalie Walsh Executive Director, Autism Society of PEI

Upcoming Events for the Autism Society of PEI January-March 2014

Upcoming events for the Autism Society of PEI from January until March 10th, 2014.

As noted just prior to the holidays, I will be out of the office from January 10th until March 10th so this will be a very important outline for you to have with a listing of the all of the Autism Society of PEI events to be taking place while I am gone. Please be sure to mark these dates in your calendars :)

January
Sunday, January 5th- The Regular Monthly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Credit Union place in Summerside from 4:00-5:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by Vector Aerospace and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims.

 

Saturday,January 4th, 18th, 25th – The Regular Weekly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Cari Complex on the UPEI Campus here in Charlottetown from 7:00-8:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc and are free for all those with autism and their  family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims. Please note: Remember to sign in at the front desk before the swim and that the locked rooms are open for us to access as of 6:45pm.


Please
also note that the regular scheduled swim for Saturday, January 11th is cancelled due to scheduling conflicts!

Wednesday, January 15th- On Wednesday, January 15th starting at  6:00pm there will be a Registered Disability Savings Plan information session held on behalf of the Autism Society of PEI. The presentation will run from 6:00-7:00pm and will be followed by a one hour Coffee and Conversation support meeting for parents and family members of the Autism Society of PEI. The RDSP Session and the Coffee and Conversation meeting which will be held immediately after, will be hosted at the Catholic Family Services Bureau at 129 Pownal Street in Charlottetown. If you plan on attending this session we ask that you please RSVP to Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca or by calling 566-4844.

 
February

 

 

Sunday, February 2nd- The Regular Monthly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Credit Union place in Summerside from 4:00-5:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by Vector Aerospace and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims.

 

Saturday, February  1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd- The Regular Weekly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Cari Complex on the UPEI Campus here in Charlottetown from 7:00-8:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc and are free for all those with autism and their  family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims. Please note: Remember to sign in at the front desk before the swim and that the locked rooms are open for us to access as of 6:45pm.


On Saturday, February 15th at 2:00pm, the Autism Society of PEI will host our Annual Family Sleigh Ride event. The sleigh ride will take place at Terpstra’s Farm and as per usual, there will be a stop along the sleigh ride route for sledding and then the children are welcome to visit the animals in the barn and enjoy a hot chocolate and cookie afterwards. This is a family event sponsored by the Autism Society and is free for all paid members of the Autism Society. If  you don’t have a membership, or need to renew your membership then please be sure to  fill out the above form and send it in with your $10 payment for the 2014-2015 year before the Annual General Meeting in March 2014. Membership runs from March 2014-March 2015 but you will be considered a member for the remainder of this year as well! I ask that anyone who plans on attending the event RSVP to email my email Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca as it will be checked while I am gone and the Board of Directors will be keeping a tally on how many families will be attending this event. It is very important to RSVP if you will be there so that we can notify Terpstra’s of how many sleighs we require. Please RSVP with a total number of how many will be attending on behalf of your family.

(Also please note this event starts at 2:00pm so arrive around 1:50-1:55 to get loaded onto the sleighs! Sleighs will be departing from the barn shortly after 2:00pm!)  Please find directions on Terpstra’s website on how to get to Terpstra Farms:     http://www.terpstrafamilycottages.com/directionsmaps.asp


 


 

March

Sunday, March 2nd- The Regular Monthly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Credit Union place in Summerside from 4:00-5:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by Vector Aerospace and are free and open for all those with autism and their family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims.


 

Saturday, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th- The Regular Weekly Swim for the Autism Society of PEI will be held at the Cari Complex on the UPEI Campus here in Charlottetown from 7:00-8:00pm. These swims are generously sponsored by D.P Murphy Inc and are free for all those with autism and their  family and friends. Please be sure to invite anyone who you think may benefit or enjoy these swims. Please note: Remember to sign in at the front desk before the swim and that the locked rooms are open for us to access as of 6:45pm.

 

 

Wednesday, March 29th, 2014 The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 26th from 7:00-7:30 at the Catholic Family Services Bureau at 129 Pownal street in Charlottetown. The AGM will be followed by a coffee and conversation family support meeting. Please join us if you wish to hear updates on the Society’s 2013 year.
Thanks for taking the time to read my email and again please keep this email close on hand so you will have a listing and details on all of the Autism Society of PEI event’s taking place while I am gone.

Have a great evening, Nathalie

Autism Society of PEI sharing resource supports with Island schools

As Autism Awareness Month wraps up for the month of October the Autism Society of PEI will be sharing new supports with Island schools to promote greater awareness, education and understanding about Autism.
“An important part of what we do as a Society is to help people learn more about Autism and understand better how it affects people,” said Jeff Himelman, President of the Autism Society of PEI. “The more information and support we can provide to schools, students and families the better equipped people are to understand and adapt,” said Himelman.
Over the next few weeks staff from the Autism Society will be delivering to Island elementary schools copies of the Autism Acceptance book and package of relevant information on autism services here on Prince Edward Island.
The Autism Acceptance Book (by Ellen Sabin) is an activity book, a conversation-starter, and an educational tool that engages children in learning to embrace people’s differences and treat others with respect, compassion and kindness. It helps children see that we are all different from each other and we all like to be understood and accepted. It teaches children about Autism; helps them imagine how things might feel for those with autism and lets them think of ways to be understanding and accepting to people with Autism. Ideal for classrooms and group setting, this book should be shared with every child as it will help them learn important life lessons and help soften the stigma of Autism and other special needs.
“It’s our hope that by having better information about Autism in the hands of classroom and resource teachers that this can help improve the learning environment and student success,” said Nathalie Walsh, Executive Director of the Autism Society of PEI.
To learn more or if you have questions or want to request delivery of a copy of the package please contact Nathalie at 566-4844 or email Nathalie@autismsociety.pe.ca.
(L-R): Heidi Walsh-Bernardi (Director/Parent), Josie Gass (Resource Teacher), Rachel FitzGillis (Autism Consultant- English Language School Board),Nathalie Walsh (Executive Director from the Autism Society of PEI), Shellie Hughes (Grade 5 teacher at Stratford Elementary)
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