Friday, February 19, 2016
Prospera CU throws support behind kids therapy program
Tashon Ziara, PCU, Abbotsford
Canuck Place child Dominic and his mother Shawna enjoying one of our recreation therapy activities.
he “Live in the moment” isn’t just an expression for families who find themselves at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, it’s a reminder that every moment and every memory is precious.
Through shared experiences and opportunities to create sacred mementos, the hospice’s Recreation Therapy Program is a key component in helping children to celebrate the everyday experience of being a child while building lasting memories with their families.
This February, Prospera Credit Union joined in supporting the hospice as sponsor of the Recreation Therapy Program at Dave Lede House Abbotsford.
“The Recreation Therapy Program at Canuck Place provides memorable experiences to BC’s children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.” explained Terri-Lynne Macdonald, Recreation Therapist at Dave Lede House Abbotsford. “These opportunities are a time for families to connect with others while also providing cherished family memories. We are so grateful for Prospera Credit Union’s support in acknowledging the benefit these recreational activities have on the lives of our children and families that we support through the Dave Lede House Abbotsford Recreation Program.”
“Canuck Place would not exist without the support of local corporations, individuals and groups,” stated Karina Chow, Manager, Development – Fraser Valley Region. “With the support of Prospera, we will be able to enhance our recreation therapy programming and support BC families including those in the Fraser Valley.”
“Recreation and play are a natural part of family life that often gets set aside when a child is ill,” said Shawn Good, President and CEO of Prospera Credit Union. “Through the Recreation Therapy Program, hospice staff help families savour their time together with activities they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. We’re very humbled to be able to play a role in helping these families create memories they will cherish forever.”
About Canuck Place
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is British Columbia’s pediatric palliative care provider. Over 600 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families receive care from CPCH through outreach programs and two provincial hospice locations: Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include medical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, art and education, recreation therapy, grief and loss counselling and end-of-life care.
About Prospera Credit Union
Building on more than 70 years of history in British Columbia, Prospera Credit Union is a member owned co-operative with operations from Vancouver to Kelowna. As a full service financial institution that prides itself on building relationships, we serve our members through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking; and a locally-based contact centre. Through our membership in The Exchange network, our members enjoy access to more than 3,300 surcharge free ATMs across Canada (that’s right, no ATM fees).
Making life better for everyone is important at Prospera. With an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our communities stronger, Prospera makes a meaningful difference in the financial well-being of our members and our communities. To learn more, check out Prospera’s YouTube channel and Facebook page or visit the credit union’s newsroom online at prospera.ca.
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