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Dragonfly Dreamtime - St. Croix Courier - January 22, 2013

posted Jan 23, 2013, 11:02 AM by Dragonfly Centre for Autism Inc   [ updated Jan 23, 2013, 11:21 AM ]

Dragonfly Dreamtime

Mary Casement

January 16, 2013

 
Santa Claus did not bring Dragonfly a new camp building for Christmas like we wished for but he did manage to get our brand new web page finished and delivered in time for the New Year.  It seems more and more people are depending on the internet as their main means of communication and learning so it was important for us to join the ranks and share our resources. We had LOTS of guidance plus the experienced skills of Ernie Depatie who volunteered dozens of hours of his know-how to help make it all happen.  We couldn’t have done it without you Ernie!  You can check out his/our hard work and find out what Dragonfly and autism is all about at http://www.dragonflyforautism.ca/home

We have tried to make the site as user friendly as possible so that even if you don’t have a lot of computer experience you can get lots of information quite easily.  You can find out about the Dragonfly mission and our operational side as well as get information about the other eight N.B. Autism Resource Centres supported by the provincial government.  There are lots of facts about the definition and symptoms of autism plus many very useful links to other web sites that offer practical help and information about the autism spectrum.  You can see a list of some of the library books we have dealing with autism and feel free to contact us if you would like to borrow one.  Our calendar is a bit bare at the moment but it is only the third week of the New Year!  We hope to have lots of activities and events scheduled as we start planning for the seasons ahead and in particular for our summer camp sessions in St. Andrews.  We will gradually be able to add more pictures and links as we get more feedback and involvement from our supporters in Charlotte County.  You can even read past Dragonfly Dreamtime articles that have appeared in the Courier just in case you missed them.

It is a bit difficult to get focussed on summer camp activities when it is snowing outside but that is what we are up to at the moment.  The Provincial budget has seen better days and we dread the impact that any further cuts could have for our programs.  Our annual grant barely covers our most basic needs and we will be in deep waters if that amount is decreased this year.  Other fund raising events and grant applications fill a few of the financial gaps but there are still some gaping holes that severely limit the extent of services we can offer.  The sad part is that the demand for our services continues to grow rather than lessen.  Autism is a lifelong condition that will always need extra care, training and support for those diagnosed with autism and for the families and educational professionals supporting them.  We have over one hundred individuals in the County that have a need for autism services.  It is tragic to realize that our current budget can only accommodate about twenty of them for our camp programs which dramatically improve their interactive skills and provide much needed respite for their care givers.  Do you have an idea for a fund raising event for Dragonfly?  Please share your idea with us and maybe we can make it fly.

And speaking of flying ... did you know that the world’s largest dragonfly is the Giant Petaltail, Petalura ingentissima, found in Australia and has been recorded with a wing span of 16 cm (6.5”). The largest dragonfly fossil found so far had a wingspan of 29.5 inches.  How would you like that to land in your garden?

Be sure to check out our web page and let us know what you think at dragonfly@nb.aibn.com

 

 

 

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