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October 22, 2012Posted in: Programs & Resources Tagged:

‘Affiliate Highlights’ Highlight: The Edmonton Chapter

Our newly released Annual Report 2011-2012 features highlights from our affiliates across the country. In the coming days we will be featuring each of them on our blog. Today we showcase the inspirational Edmonton Chapter. The Edmonton, AB Chapter is truly a Chapter with something for everyone. Since 2008 (in partnership with the Alberta AdaptAbilities Association), youth have had the opportunity to take part in 10 week long TS Teen Programs in the fall and spring that include fun activities like movie-watching, swimming, cooking competitions and bowling. Since 2005, children and teens have been able to experience pure adventure at the Center for Outdoor Education in Nordegg, Alberta during a weeklong overnight summer camp designed specifically for kids with TS. Exciting activities, including kayaking, caving, rock climbing and camping, kept the participants extremely busy and proud of themselves. Now in its 7th year, children and teens also had the chance to attend a week or two of day camp in Edmonton at an exclusive camp designed for kids with TS to get to know other kids with TS and have a great time too! In January, the chapter was excited to host psychologist and TS expert, Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay. 250 educators, families and professionals attended Dr. McKinlay’s full-day workshop in Edmonton. Throughout the year, educators, students, and community members also benefited from several In-Service presentations provided by Chapter President and seasoned presenter, Dara Choy, a teacher and mom with 3 kids with TS. Families came together for monthly support group meetings held in Edmonton at the beginning of the month and also in Stony Plain/Spruce Grove near the end of the month. The chapter was excited to host the Trek for Tourette for the 3rd time in Spruce Grove with a turnout of 97 people this year. In March, the Chapter partnered with the Edmonton Sunrise Rotary Club to host the seventh annual “Planes, Trains, and Auctionables” Gala. 350 people were entertained, dined, educated about TS in addition to experiencing some phenomenal retail therapy! Again this year, due to the success of the fundraiser, over $3000 worth of books and resources were provided to local Children’s Mental Health clinics in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Finally, the Chapter also held several social events including getting together to navigate a corn maze, a pizza and pool party and their third annual outdoor barbeque!

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