Welcome to Children At Risk Online
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 Community–Based Special Projects are financed through donations and fundraising. Nominal fees are charged to cover registration and operating costs.
I am excited to take on the role of Board President. After serving on the Board for the past 7 years and in the role of Secretary for the past 5 years, it feels like a natural progression for me. We have seen a number of changes with both the Board and the direction for the charity in general. I would like to start off my inaugural President's message with an acknowledgement of the people who I have worked with over the past seven years. The Past President, Paul Lacroix has been a great mentor for myself and a great influence for the current direction of Children at Risk. Paul's dedication to the charity goes without saying. He led the Board with a direct approach to achieving results. Paul was instrumental in the implementation of the Carver policies to ensure the Board was following the proper procedures. Paul was also a driving force in supporting the creation and set-up of Camp Kaleidoscope, which has grown to offer over 300 weekly camp spots in 2015. We thank Paul for all his hard work over the years and we certainly hope to see Paul at some of our events going forward. I believe that part of my passion I have for Children at Risk comes directly from the passion I see in both Brenda and Bambina. I have experienced their remarkable dedication and devotion to the charity and it certainly inspires me to work harder to see continued success. I honestly do not believe we would have seen the growth and success over the past decade without their tireless efforts. I would also like to acknowledge Hazel Smith who oversees Camp Kaleidoscope and the weekend fun respite days/evenings offered by Children at Risk. Hazel is also involved with a number of charity fundraisers, most notably our "Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest" in October. A past Board member, Hazel has a unique ability to organize groups in a way to ensure an otherwise chaotic situation becomes manageable. Finally, I would like to thank all of the people who have served on the Board or helped with any of the fundraising or charitable events. A special recognition for our current Board Treasurer Lesia Gilbert, and our current Directors Michelle Thompson, Neil Dzuba, Martha Perry, Walter Robinson and Carrie Groulx.
Looking at all the talented people involved with Children at Risk, I am confident that we will continue to provide needed services to children and their families! Mark Lalonde, Board President