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Welcome to Children At Risk Online

Our Mission

Provide services and programs to families of children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders to develop their child's behavioural, communications and social skills, and to advocate for their ongoing needs.

Our Activities

Our Community–Based Special Projects are financed through donations and fundraising. Nominal fees are charged to cover registration and operating costs.

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President's Message

Although spring was delayed, we are now enjoying some very nice summer-like weather. It makes for a lot of happy faces as we can be outside with shorts and t-shirts. It is a liberating time of year. Let’s hope the current warm spell carries us all the way to the summer months.

Warm summer weather is exactly what we want for the 8th Annual Camp Kaleidoscope. We will be offering camp over July and August again this year with full camp participation. It is truly gratifying to see how much the children enjoy the camp and how much the parents appreciate the camp experience provided to their children. The Saturday Fun Club Respite Sessions will continue until mid-June. Very much like camp, the Fun Club is well attended and beneficial to the children and their families.

We have a number of fundraisers on the go, including our Spring Raffle. If you can buy some tickets and sell some to your friends and family, it would be greatly appreciated. We are hoping for a sell-out once again as we have some great prizes including two Air Canada Tickets as a Grand Prize. We will have several charity golf tournaments taking place this summer – as well as a Co-Fundraiser with ASD Comedian Adam Schwartz in June!

We also want to thank Natasha McRae for her fundraising effort. Natasha will be doing a triathlon with the goal of raising $10,000 for our charity. Your support for Natasha would be greatly appreciated. Also some recent exciting News – for the Past 2 years the Danbe Foundation has supported Camp K – this year they are offering a Challenge Matching Gift of up to $10,000! In other words, Danbe will match ALL donations – essentially doubling your Gift and earning up to $20,000! We encourage ALL who might have been considering a Donation this year to jump in NOW and double the funds raised!

Once again, with tremendous effort by our Office Administrator Bambina Lemme, for the 2nd year we have secured some directed federal government funding through the Canada Summer jobs again this year. As well, we did secure an additional $10,000 from The City of Ottawa Community Grants as a one-time gift.

This is helpful, but we still need some more sustainable funding sources to fill the gap between the current revenue sources and the rising costs of offering our services. If you have any ideas for fundraising or connections to potential individual or corporate sponsors who you believe would be interested in supporting our charity, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming AGM on June 6 or at Camp K or other events.

Mark Lalonde,

Board President

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