- We support children and their families to play, grow, and thrive.
- the healthy development of children and their families
- communities where all children are supported and accepted
- a family-centered approach, respecting the rights, opinions and involvement of everyone
- the contributions made by the staff, volunteers and our community partners
- early childhood is the most important period of development
- all children have the right to grow up in a safe, loving environment with access to a full range of social, educational and community experiences that contribute to their fullest potential
- families know their children best
- it is the right of all children and their families, whatever their diversity, to take part in and live in communities that welcome, respect, encourage, and support them
The Shuswap Children’s Association, originally the Shuswap Exceptional Children’s Association, was formed in 1982 by a group of parents of children with special needs who found they were unable to access services for their children. They were joined by community professionals, service providers and others who shared the goals of the parents.
The Association’s first program was a block-funded special needs preschool with 18 children with special needs who were funded by the then Ministry of Social Services and 18 non-special needs children in three classes of 12 children each, with children attending either two or three half days per week. The children were supported by three trained staff members and an annual operating budget of under $50,000.
From that beginning, we have grown to an annual operating budget of over $1,000,000.00, ten full time programs and numerous other shorter term projects, and an annual staff between 60 and 80.
We have become the Shuswap Children’s Association, as more reflective of our current mission, which includes continuing to provide services for children with special needs but also includes supporting early childhood development and child care.
The Shuswap Children’s Association has been accredited with CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) since 2006.
- Leigh-Anne Chapman, President
- Monica Kriese, Vice President
Patricia Clough, Treasurer
Michela Richet, Secretary
- Tina Cosman, Director
Jo Ann Fowler, Director
- Cathy Meakes, Director
- Margo Van de Cappelle, Director
- Ian Landy, Director
- Carolyn Iker, Director
- Jeff McCrimmon, Director
Kathie Aitken, Financial Advisor
We acknowledge the financial support of the province of British Columbia.