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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.

President's Message

Spring is in the air….at least somewhere in the world. I was greeted by a cold blast of winter air this morning. I am presently watching the snow fall outside my window as I am writing this message. But, I am not deterred. I know that the warmer weather and sunny skies are right around the corner. This is always an exciting time for me. As I look forward, I see so many wonderful things.

Our Saturday Fun Club is in full swing, with record breaking attendance. This popular event is running 10 bi-weekly sessions from the beginning of the year to June. The feedback we have received is very positive, from both the children attending and their parents. The March Break camp was a success with full participation. This was a nice break for parents and a week filled with fun activities for the children. We are also pleased to be offering the Family Fun Night, Typical Teens and Social Skill Groups on an ongoing basis - and Camp Kaleidoscope is just around the Corner!

We had a successful 11th Annual Rollin' for Risk Bowl-A-Thon in January. We were able to have good participation and raised more funds than the previous several years. My wife, Carol, and I were among two tables reserved by Children at Risk for the 2nd Annual Ottawa New Year’s Eve Charity Ball presented by Destiny’s Way. This was a really fun night and something that we plan to attend again this year. They even had a service to look after children while the parents danced in the New Year! We are very appreciative of these new, fun initiatives designed to help our charity. It is a great way to bring the community together and raise funds at the same time. We will have our Spring is in the air….at least somewhere in the world. I was greeted by a cold blast of winter air this morning. I am presently watching the snow fall outside my window as I am writing this message. But, I am not deterred. I know that the warmer weather and sunny skies are right around the corner. This is always an exciting time for me. As I look forward, I see so many wonderful things. Our Saturday Fun Club is in full swing, with record breaking attendance. This popular event is running 10 bi-weekly sessions from the beginning of the year to June. The feedback we have received is very positive, from both the children attending and their parents. The March Break camp was a success with full participation. This was a nice break for parents and a week filled with fun activities for the children. We are also pleased to be offering the Family Fun Night, Typical Teens and Social Skill Groups on an ongoing basis - and Camp Kaleidoscope is just around the Corner! We had a successful 11th Annual Rollin' for Risk Bowl-A-Thon in January. We were able to have good participation and raised more funds than the previous several years. My wife, Carol, and I were among two tables reserved by Children at Risk for the 2nd Annual Ottawa New Year’s Eve Charity Ball presented by Destiny’s Way. This was a really fun night and something that we plan to attend again this year. They even had a service to look after children while the parents danced in the New Year! We are very appreciative of these new, fun initiatives designed to help our charity. It is a great way to bring the community together and raise funds at the same time. We will have our 3rd annual Walking for Risk Walk-a-Thon this Spring. We are hoping for even more participation and (hopefully) great weather. We continue to be busy with Ottawa 67's 50/50 ticket sales as well as other 3rd Party Fundraisers like Bowling, Darts, Golf, Valentine’s Dinner, a Gala and more by groups like “The Difference Makers – Les Faiseurs de Différence”, “ The Inner Wheel Club of Ottawa”, Dumouchel Meats & TD Canada Trust. The Staff and Board Members at Children at Risk have been quite active this winter, with many ideas for funding and donation initiatives that will help support the many programs we want to offer in 2017 and beyond. We were fortunate to receive a presentation and advice from Wayne Hussey, who is a professional fundraiser. We will be utilizing his teachings to improve our fundraising success in the future. I want to wish all the children, parents and volunteers a wonderful Spring. Don't worry, it is definitely coming! this Spring. We are hoping for even more participation and (hopefully) great weather. We continue to be busy with Ottawa 67's 50/50 ticket sales as well as other 3rd Party Fundraisers like Bowling, Darts, Golf, Valentine’s Dinner, a Gala and more by groups like “The Difference Makers – Les Faiseurs de Différence”, “ The Inner Wheel Club of Ottawa”, Dumouchel Meats & TD Canada Trust.

The Staff and Board Members at Children at Risk have been quite active this winter, with many ideas for funding and donation initiatives that will help support the many programs we want to offer in 2017 and beyond. We were fortunate to receive a presentation and advice from Wayne Hussey, who is a professional fundraiser. We will be utilizing his teachings to improve our fundraising success in the future.

I want to wish all the children, parents and volunteers a wonderful Spring. Don't worry, it is definitely coming!

Mark Lalonde,

Board President

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