Lately, I've had conversations with several people who were unfamiliar with Easter Seals, when I mentioned Century 21's involvement with the charity. Easter Seals Kids to Camp is a fantastic program and I'm surprised more people aren't familiar with it. Therefore, I'm including some more information below to give you a better idea of what it's all about. Please share with friends, family, coworkers, etc.
For more than 30 years CENTURY 21 Real Estate Professionals have been supporting children living with disability from across Canada. Rightfully known as the local experts, CENTURY 21 sales representatives from coast to coast participate in Easter Seals events such as Easter Seals Drop Zone and 24 Hour Relay, or engage in unique and fun events of their own design that brings community together to benefit the Easter Seals cause. Most recently Century 21 In Town participated in a golf tournament, followed by an auction, to raise funds to send more kids to camp.
BC Easter Seals Camps provide free overnight summer camping experiences for children and teens with physical and/or mental disabilities throughout British Columbia. They operate three accessible camp locations: Camp Shawnigan on Vancouver Island, Camp Squamish north of Vancouver, and Camp Winfield in the Okanagan Valley. Every summer over 800 kids with disabilities come to camp to have the best week of their year. Easter Seals aims to create a place that campers come to celebrate their abilities, try new things, make friends and have a lot of fun!
Awhile back, Michael LaPrairie, President CENTURY 21 In Town Realty had an opportunity to visit Camp Squamish and here’s what he had to say...
"Last week we were invited to attend the Easter Seals Camp in beautiful Squamish BC. Wow! All l I can say is how grateful we are to have the honour of being involved in such a wonderful program. This camp is mind blowing…the feeling of being in the middle of the forest, huge trees, kids laughing, grounds extremely tidy and all 45 kids busy doing something, somewhere at the camp.
You know, I was expecting something different…not sure what. But I tell you, what we saw was something better than I could have imagined. This now gives us even more meaning for why we have decided to partner up with Easter Seals.
Some of the kids were shy (for about 15 seconds) and then the kid came out of them…we had a wonderful visit. The camp holds 45 kids at a time each week, up to the age of 18; after that, the young adult can come back as a volunteer or counselor.
There is no cost to the parents to send their children to this camp; Easter Seals takes care of it all. Some of the kids we met have been coming here for 11+ years and when we asked them if they enjoy it, their faces lit up.
Thanks to Nirm Blatchford for the invitation, thank you to Easter Seals and the people running the camp (great job) and a special thanks to the kids for sharing their day!"
I hope that one day I'll have an opportunity to visit Camp Squamish as well. I grew up going to camp every summer and believe that all children should have that opportunity regardless of disabilities.
To make a donation to Easter Seals, please click on the link below:
Easter Seals Donations
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