• Aug. 19, 2016

    Niagara Children’s Centre Client Awarded OACRS Scholarship

      Niagara Children’s Centre is pleased to congratulate Ryan Boros on being a 2016 OACRS Scholarship recipient, which will help him to attend Carleton University in the fall where he will be studying law, with the aim having a career in politics or as a contract lawyer working in sports.  The scholarship, sponsored by the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services, recognizes community involvement and leadership ability, as well as overcoming barriers and challenges faced by students with disabilities. Ryan has been a longstanding spokesperson and ambassador of Niagara Children’s Centre, supporting awareness and fundraising campaigns.  Dorothy Harvey, Manager of…
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  • Aug. 03, 2016

    Niagara Children’s Centre Receives $217,400 in Facility Improvement Funding

      MPP Jim Bradley announced this morning that the Ministry of Children and Youth Services is making a $217,400 investment in improving Niagara Children’s Centre’s facilities.  The investment will support several facility improvements at the Centre, which includes: repaving the parking lot, replacing an air conditioning condenser unit, replacing an air conditioner unit in the IT server room, and improvements to the therapeutic pool’s heat exchanger system.  There will also be important safety improvements including, replacing the aged fire panel system and removing all wire mesh fire glass.   “It can be difficult for organizations like ours to support such…
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  • Jul. 20, 2016

    Improving Emergent Literacy Skills for At-Risk Kids with Funding from the Niagara Prosperity Initiative

      For children at risk for developing emergent literacy skills, the Summer Family Literacy Program – run by Niagara Children’s Centre’s Speech Services Niagara program – is a key component in their success moving into grade one. The program is a unique union of direct intervention with children by trained professionals and coaching for parents on how to facilitate early literacy skills in their child.    Key components for early literacy are introduced in six, 2-hour sessions. Children have goals specific to their area of need and are targeted in several playful interventions that address the concepts of syllable segmenting/blending;…
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  • Jul. 08, 2016

    Niagara Catholic District School Board Shows Incredible Support Again!

      Niagara Catholic District School Board once again showed their incredible support of ‘Kids Helping Kids’ this year. Students and educators raised a total of $35,146 for Niagara Children’s Centre. In fact, the amazing cumulative total over the past 18 years is more than $711,000! Client ambassador Isabella Taraba, a student of St. Peter Catholic School in St. Catharines, was on-hand to help accept the cheque at the School Board’s June Board meeting, along with her mother Pina Palombo, Oksana Fisher Centre CEO, Education Director John Crocco, and Board Chair Rev. Paul MacNeil. Niagara Catholic has a longstanding commitment to…
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  • Jun. 27, 2016

    Community Partners With Heart!

      This spring Niagara Children’s Centre was pleased to launch the Foster Festival Drama Club at the Centre.  It was the first of its kind, and it brought an increased depth of recreational therapy programming for clients of the Centre.  For six weeks, professional actors lead a group of young aspiring actors – all clients of the Centre – to dig deep into their creative side.  The culmination of the weekly sessions was the performance on Wednesday night of “The Lion Who Lost His Roar”.  The Drama Club was the result of a community outreach initiative made possible through The…
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