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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.

President's Message

The holiday season is upon us. It is a time for gift giving and spending special time with family and friends. It is also a time to reflect on the past year and to start planning for 2017. Our Saturday Fun Club Respite Sessions continue to be a very popular event, with many families participating. We ran 6 sessions in the Fall, with a maximum group every Saturday. We are quite pleased to know that the Fun Club can be so important for both our children and parents. We plan to continue to offer sessions over the Winter. It is best to book your sessions early, so you don’t miss out!

We continued with our regular fundraisers this Fall, including the Celebrity-Carved Pumpkin Contest and the Ottawa 67’s 50/50 sales. We really appreciate all the Volunteers that help make these fundraisers a success. We added a Ballot Draw for the pumpkins that was very popular and helped provide more donations towards the favourite pumpkins. This helped make this event more successful. We are pleased to be a benefit charity again for the 2nd Annual Ottawa New Year’s Charity Ball. This event will be held at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. This is sure to be a fun filled evening that should not be missed. See Page 17 for more details. We will also be running our “Rolling for Risk” Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Sunday, January 22, at Walkley Bowling Lanes. We are hoping for all 30 lanes to be filled this year!

The Staff and Board Members at Children at Risk have been quite active this Fall, with many ideas for funding and donation initiatives that will help support the many programs we want to offer next year. We are going through a transition period as many of our previous fundraising initiatives and sponsors are either no longer available or the funding has been reduced. This has led us to seek out alternative sources of revenue for next year and beyond. However – we also are very excited to again be a Recipient Charity for the Ottawa H.O.P.E. Volleyball SummerFest on July 15, 2017!!

I want to say a special thanks to our Executive Director, Brenda Reisch, Admin Staff Bambina Lemme & Ursula Ferraro and Special Projects Coordinator Hazel Smith, who have kept the charity running smoothly throughout the year. I also want to acknowledge the efforts from our volunteer board members Walter Davidson, Linda Kwasnick, Melissa Van Alstine, Carrie Groulx, and our two newest board members Marca McManus and Rob Gentles. Thanks to all of you.

Finally, I want to wish all the children, parents and volunteers a safe and happy holiday season. Take some time to enjoy

Mark Lalonde,

Board President

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