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Believing in Potential
Reach Child and Youth Development Society is a non-profit society that has been providing services to children and their families since 1959. At Reach we believe in the potential of every child, and we know each child is unique. We work together with families to recognize each child’s strengths and develop their abilities. Reach currently provides programs and services to families in  Delta, Surrey and Langley B.C.  Over 1000 children and their families benefit from our services on an annual basis. 


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LATEST
NEWS
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REACH SOCIETY OPENS CHILDREN'S THRIFT STORE IN LADNER

img_0522.jpgReach Child & Youth Development Society has opened FINDS Children’s Thrift Store on Elliott Street in Ladner. FINDS features amazing deals on gently-used but high-quality children’s, youth and maternity-related items, as well as games, books, and toys. The thrift store is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 4927 Elliott Street in Ladner.

Reach Society welcomes donations at FINDS during business hours, as well at the Reach South Delta office – 3800 72nd Street – Monday to Friday during business hours. Accepted are clean children’s, youth and maternity-related items, as well as games, books, and toys in good condition. In addition, individuals interested in volunteering at FINDS are encouraged to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All of the profit from FINDS Children’s Thrift Store goes directly to the Reach Developmental Preschool program. Reach Child and Youth Development Society has served children with special needs since 1959 and currently works with more than 900 children and their families annually.

 

 

McHAPPY DAY RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR REACH SOCIETY

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McHappy Day 2014 in South Delta raised a record $8255 for Reach Society. The funds will be allocated to Reach’s Building for Children capital campaign, which is now about 40 per cent towards its $4 million goal of financing a new child and youth development centre in the heart of Ladner.

This year, the May 7 fundraiser featured live music, balloon animals, face painting, and autism support dogs.  Highlights included Christine Magee performing at Tsawwassen McDonald’s  and  Joe Barbeck at Ladner. Numerous volunteers helped out, including Reach board members, individuals and those from several local businesses, such as Delta Cable, Century Group, Vancity, Raymond James Financial Group, Delta Police and the Delta Firefighters. Ladner-based BC Guide Dogs showcased some of their autism support dogs in Ladner.

Steve Krawchuk, owner of several McDonald’s outlets, explained that on McHappy Day his restaurants in South Delta donate $1 to Reach Society for the sale of every coffee, Big Mac and Happy Meal , along with other on-site promotions and donation boxes. This year, the pre-event sale of paper “boots” by McDonald’s staff helped push the total donation to Reach to record levels. 

   

REACH FOR THE STARS RAISES $60,000 

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Reach Child and Youth Development Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual Reach for The Stars fundraising gala at the Harris Barn in Ladner on  March 1 raised about $60,000. Proceeds from the event will go toward Reach’s Building for Children Together $4 million capital campaign to build a new centre in Ladner for children and youth with special needs.

A highlight of the evening was the recognition of two young South Delta men with special needs – and remarkable stories. In a deeply moving video produced by Delta Cable, Josh Somers and his mother Shelley discussed the many challenges Josh has risen above since his birth, followed by an update from Josh on stage. Sheelagh Forsythe told the audience about her amazing son, Marshall, who lives with disabilities, including visual. Both families recounted the many services their sons received from Reach over the years.

Photo caption: Midnight Overture members Marshall Forsythe (left) and Josh Somers played a blistering set of country rock tunes for an enthusiastic Reach for the Stars audience. Photo by Brook Lotzkar.    

Then, Josh, Marshall and their bandmates in Midnight Overture took the stage to wildly entertain the audience with a set of blistering country rock tunes. The audience danced, clapped and gave the band a rousing standing ovation and a demand for an encore. Other highlights included the singing of O Canada by Kurtis Reid, who has Down Syndrome, a moving song and drum presentation by Tsawwasssen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams, square dancing by the Delta Sundancers, welcome music from bluegrass band Tishomingo, an eclectic live auction featuring Delta Councillor Ian Paton, and much more. The event was co-hosted by Tim Brumby, President of the South Delta Rams Football Club, and radio personality Crystal Darche of QMFM. Presenting sponsors were Port Metro Vancouver and Agnes Douglas, who is Portfolio Manager with Odlum Brown, and a member of the Reach Foundation board. The need for services for children and youth with disabilities has been growing at a steady rate. The incidence of autism alone is at a growth rate of 17% annually, and is currently at one in every 88 children.  Experts say the best outcome for children with a disability is to get services early and when the need arises throughout their childhood. Reach provides the community with services, programs and resources for children and youth with disabilities and their families, but is currently operating out of a centre that is difficult to access and not designed to meet the high level of needs in the community. 

The new Reach centre will be located in the heart of Ladner on 47th avenue, replacing the current Kin House, and will be situated along bus and walking routes enabling accessibility and independence for families.  The land for the new centre, valued in excess of $1 million, has been given by the Corporations of Delta. The Reach Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million of the new building project’s $4 million goal. 

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WINNING REACH FOR THE STARS RAFFLE TICKET

Carmen Ang of Odlum Brown was the lucky winner of two Air Canada tickets to anywhere in North America, including Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii. The tickets, which were donated by the Air Canada Foundation, include all taxes, fees and surcharges and have a total value of $4,200. Pictured here with Carmen (left) is Reach Foundation Director Agnes Douglas, who is a Portfolio Manager at Odlum Brown. Thank you Air Canada Foundation!

 

 

 

To view our photo gallery of the event, please CLICK HERE.  

For more great Gala photos and videos courtesy of the Delta Optimist, CLICK HERE.

LIONS CLUB DONATES $16,500 TO REACH SOCIETY'S CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

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(Ladner, BC) Representatives of the Boundary Bay Lions Club (l-r) Gary Keller and Paul Noe shown presenting a cheque for $16,500  to Reach Child and Youth Development Society Executive Director Renie D’Aquila,  Fundraising and Events Coordinator Joni Wright and (below) Susie Gall, along with some of the children participating in Reach Preschool South.  

 

The Lions Club has committed $50,000 towards Reach Society’s capital campaign to build a larger and more accessible child development centre in the heart of Ladner.

 

  

  

   

SINGER CHERLYN CORTES RAISED $372 FOR REACH

Singer and registered nurse Cherlyn Cortes raised $372 for Reach at a recent concert in Vancouver.

Accompanied by a guitarist, Cortes sang 11 songs at a Vancouver coffee house to an audience of about 40. A highlight of the concert was a stunning rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, which can be viewed on YouTube. Read more here.


    

 

  

PROGRAM PROMOTIONS
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SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS 3 TO 10 STARTS IN JULY   

summer_drop_in_web.jpgSpend the summer having fun and making new friends at Reach Summer Social Drop-In Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 8 - August 14th, 2014 from 10:00 am 1:00 pm. Open to all current Reach Child and Youth Development Society families with children between the ages of 3 to 10 years old. Parents or caregivers attend with their children and connect with other Reach families in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Activities include playground & playroom fun, crafts, outdoor water play and opportunities to meet new friends! On sunny days please bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, hat and towel for your child. Bring your own nut-free lunch. By suggested donation of $5. For further information please contact Krista Clark at 604-946-6622 ext. 360 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
SOCIAL SMART GROUP - LEARNING SOCIAL SKILLS AND USING THEM!
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Social skills are one of the most important skills that children need to learn.  More importantly, children need to have the opportunity to use the social skills they have learned.  Social Smart Group is a program that provides a natural setting where children with Autism and special needs will be learning and practicing the social skills through playing, chatting, snacking, outing, and more 

 

Download these documents for more information: 

 

Social Smart Group - Grade 5-7 - Boys & Girls

Social Smart Group - Grade 2-4 - Boys & Girls 

 

PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN

preschool_boy_cutting_.jpgThis September all day kindergarten will be part of every school in British Columbia.

To help parents and families get ready for this tranisition Reach has written a weekly series of articles for the South Delta Leader online on preparing your child for  all day K.

 

Follow the link for the articles here: 

 

Week #1. Full Day K: Is My Child ready?

Week #2: Full Day K: What Is Play Based Learning?

Week #3 - Stress Busting for School Kids

Week #4 - Dealing with separation

  
  

FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES
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REACH PLEDGE PAGES MAKE IT EASY FOR ANYONE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE NEW REACH CENTRE 

pledge_page_screen_shot.jpgReach Pledge Pages  is an online web page that allows you to create your own  personal web page where you can direct your friends, family members, work colleagues or anyone else to come and donate online to Reach. Create a page for yourself, as a team or group, or as a business with a fundraising goal. With your help, your kids can create their own page as well that they can email to grandparents, aunts and uncles and others: watch their excitement as they approach their fundraising goal, and how good they will feel helping others in their community. Link here to the Reach Pledge Pages website to create your own page or browse others pages.

 

  

HELP BUILD A CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

coloured_rendering_cropped_small_file.jpgThe Building for Children Together campaign is raising $4 million to build a community based child development centre in the heart of Ladner B.C.

This exciting project is a partnership between Reach, the Corporation of Delta and the Ladner Tsawwassen Kinsmen Club. Delta has provided the land for the project valued at in excess of $1 million dollars. The rest of this project will depend on you, the community, to help raise the funds. Read about the project on our Building for Children Together campaign website and please consider donating. Together we can make it happen!

 

  

WHEELCHAIR BIKES FOR RENT FROM REACH 

duet_tandem_bikes.jpgThanks to a donation from Variety The Children's Charity of BC, Reach was able to purchase 3 duet tandem wheelchair bikes for families to rent .

These amazing units are available for our families to borrow for a day or weekend. While perfectly suited to children and youth who use wheelchairs, these units can also be used by others who are not capable of riding alone. For more information on Duet Bike rentals call Su at Reach at 604-946-6622 ext. 339 

Watch a video of Reach and the bikes from the Variety Show of Hearts Telethon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jPmgxq-TJg 



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MYLES OF COURAGE
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Myles McKie, a young man with autism shares his story of what it's like growing up with a disability. Through the support of his family, school and service agencies like Reach Child and Youth Development Society, Myles is now changing the lives of others through his advocacy. 


Visit our Make a Donation page to find out how you can help make a difference to the lives of children with special needs.

 

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Provide early and timely intervention for children with special needs in a family-centered manner.

Provide choices and ongoing support to children and families.

Facilitate and support the full integration of all children into our community and exist as a quality community resource for the optimal development of children from infancy onwards.

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