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Dragonfly Dreamtime

posted Apr 16, 2013, 7:46 PM by Dragonfly Centre for Autism Inc   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 5:58 AM ]

Dragonfly Dreamtime

Mary Casement

April 13, 2013

 April is international autism awareness month and Dragonfly had a great kick off to the month with an April 2nd Awareness Day Open House at our Resource Centre, a terrific campaign and bake sale at St. Stephen High School put on by the Autism Awareness Group, lots of information exhibits and a bake sale at NBCC organized by the Human Services students as well as a dragonfly pin promotion at the Royal Bank. The Roast Beef dinner hosted by the St. George Masons in late March was a HUGE success and we unfortunately had to turn people away because we had already served 149 plates by 5 pm!  We can’t thank Tom Borthwick and his enthusiastic crew enough for the delicious dinner and excellent service they provided. 

 There is another major April awareness event yet to come with a Walk for Autism planned for Saturday April 20th.  Catherine Lauzon, a nurse working at Passamaquoddy Lodge, has organized several co-workers & friends to set out on an inspiring walk from the Red Rooster in St. Stephen to the Kennedy Inn in St. Andrews all in support of Dragonfly Centre for Autism Inc.  That is nearly twenty miles of foot work!  The walk will start at 10 am weather permitting.  There is no rain date – it’s the 20th or next year!  Would you like to join in with your support?  Perhaps you can only walk part of the trail or might prefer to donate money in support of one of the walkers.  Or maybe you would like to be one of the cheerleaders to send them off or greet them at the Kennedy in time for a well deserved rest & refreshment.  Please contact me at Dragonfly by phone, 465-8900, by email or via Facebook to join in the challenge and increase autism awareness in Charlotte County.  Learn more about autism and help us expand our camp services to meet more of the needs of our county kids living with this limiting condition.

 Probably the very best event to have happened so far this month was receiving a notice on April 3rd that our core operating grant from the Province of NB was approved in the recent budget. WHEW!  We were sitting on pins and needles for the last several weeks wondering how deep budget cuts might affect us and other autism centres in the province for the year ahead.  Perhaps our intensive awareness efforts are proving effective and the powers that be are realizing how critical the services that our centres provide are to the individuals and families living with autism for their physical, mental, and emotional well being and development. The grant amount has been the same for the last several years, $35,000, in spite of constantly increasing base operational costs like phone and internet services, heat, rent, insurance, taxes and other basic expenses that every small business faces.  We are grateful that the provincial contribution wasn’t reduced or eliminated altogether.  The difficulty of course is that we are a not for profit registered charity with minimal revenue sources trying to serve an ever increasing client base.  The most recent statistics indicate that as many as one in 55 children born will have some degree of autism.  Therefore we are always in fund raising event mode.  If you have any ideas for an event (preferably one that would bring in millions) please contact us ASAP.

Cheers for now and please show your support for the team Autism Walk on Saturday April 20th.  See you at the Red Rooster.

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