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Believing in potential

Helping children with special needs & their families since 1959

Reach Child & Youth Development Society

Reach is a non-profit organization in Delta that helps children with special needs reach their full potential. Our organization has been providing services to children and their families since 1959. We provide timely, accessible and supportive community programs and services for the Delta, Surrey, and Langley areas.

We promote optimal development and well-being for all children, youth, and adults, where all individuals flourish. We work together with families to recognize each child’s strengths and develop their abilities. Over 1000 children and their families benefit from our services on an annual basis.  


Trish Meier

Sometimes, it is hard enough to move through life on a day to day basis, but to do so with an autistic child has it’s challenges to say the least. Heather is like my Guardian Angel, or even my best friend. Whether I email, call or text her with my questions or issues, she is so helpful, prompt and best of all honest with her answers. As a parent we often feel lost, or helpless, and she will always reassure us that we are doing a good job and get us on the right track again. Not only is our son doing better socially, but our family is more balanced and stronger together. We all benefit having Heather in our lives, we are so grateful and thankful for all she has done for us and taught us.

Chad & Christine Williamson

We wanted to let you know that we are grateful for the support that Reach provides!
We appreciate how our BC (Heather) listens to our families needs and wants in order to create an action plan for us.
She has great rapport with our daughter, listening well and relating to her while at the same time teaching her powerful life skills.
We feel empowered with simple strategies that we can use on our own to improve the quality of our life and are excited about the future! 🙂 💙 Sent with gratitude 💙

Kids Friendship Club Parent

(Our son) was able to generalize and apply many of the skills he learned here into school and community. His teacher reports increased participation with peers and initializing at recess and lunch. We could really see more positive confidence performing at his piano recital and at gymnastics – thank you! “

Karen Ostrom

I had so much trust in Reach, everybody was just so caring, so sensitive, so thoughtful, not just to my son but to our family.

Sunny Liu

I felt I am not alone with Reach help, although I understand it does take time to improve the quality of life, especially the life of the family with special needs.

PBS parent

You have also showed us that our feelings of frustration are normal and that things will get better.

Samir & Rajni Gandhi

We, as parents, have seen a visible difference in the communication and understanding of our child under Reach’s able guidance.

PBS Parent

Our consultant brought excellent ideas, strategies to improve the quality of life which will impact not only our son but the whole family.

Group Respite Parent

Invitations to go to friends houses or to have friends come to our house are far and few between. Here, nobody judges anyone, everyone is included, they are all teens…

Parent of child in Reach counselling program

What would we do without it. It’s just awesome. …I can’t rave enough about it and how it helps [my son] move ahead. I couldn’t help him in this way.

Preschool Parent

One year ago the extend of his language at age three was “want juice”. Now my son can come home and tell me about his day. If you don’t believe that is a miracle you are not looking hard enough.

Corey and Michelle Baker

We didn’t have any answers until we found Reach.

Reach Preschool Parent

Our daughter has had her challenges and we greatly appreciate the way you’ve gently and kindly handled her separation anxiety

Denise, Natalie’s grandmother

Heather Anderson Pickell has been a life saver for our family. Our Granddaughter has ASD, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression & Extreme behaviour and mood swings. It took Heather a number of visits before our Granddaughter would even let her in her room and talk to her. Because of Heather’s natural ability to connect with children, she was an instant friend. From there, Heather works her Behavioral/Counselling magic & our Granddaughter has improved immensely. It’s going to take a long time but Heather is in for the long haul and at times, rearranges her schedule to accommodate the patterns of sleep and mood that is our Granddaughter. Heather works tirelessly for families including sending emails late at night after her long day with clients. I appreciate all her communication & suggestions & input, she is amazing. She has made such a difference to our family way of life. We are all a lot calmer & happier & our Granddaughter is learning how to communicate her feelings and manage her emotions better. We are so grateful to Heather & REACH & grateful that this wonderful organization was recommended to us.

Parent of child receiving ABA

You gave us the best gift any parent could wish for – their child to say from his heart, “I love you

Parent of child receiving ABA

We all learned to work together, overcome obstacles….all to benefit our daughter. Thank you for helping me to grow also!

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REACH Family Satisfaction Survey 2021

REACH Family Satisfaction Survey 2021

Every year, REACH conducts a Family Satisfaction Survey with our community who receive services. If a family receives more than one service from Reach, they can choose to complete a survey for all services or just one survey for the program they feel they got the most...

REACH Holiday Appeal Supports Mental Health

REACH Holiday Appeal Supports Mental Health

Thank you to all the generous supporters of REACH holiday appeal 2020. We raised just over $20,000 which is an incredible result and so helpful to those suffering mental health issues in these difficult times! Your support is important and will make a difference for...

REACH Virtual Resources Page

REACH Virtual Resources Page

With everyone in our province limiting travel and reducing contact as much as possible with the new COVID-19 restrictions , you might be looking for virtual resources. Access our resource page here. We have included a new category with virtual anti-racism resources...

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June 2020

Build your own Band – REACH Virtual Music Therapy

June 25, 2020 @ 3:30 am - 4:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:30am on Thursday, repeating until July 16, 2020


Make your own instruments using regular household items and then jam out with your friends all from the comfort of your home! 4 week program offered for 45 minute sessions virtually with an experienced music therapist. $100 for the 4 sessions - $25 per session. Contact Katie at katies@reachchild.org for more information and visit all summer music therapy offerings here.

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U Can UKE! REACH Ukulele Music Therapy for children

June 25, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Thursday, repeating until July 16, 2020


U CAN UKE – Learn how to play the ukulele! Uke CAN do it! (Must have a ukulele.) This is a great class, offered on line,  to do with an older sibling or mom and dad for a great family activity. Nothing is happier than the sound of ukuleles and this class will boost confidence, improve motor coordination and increase attention span! These fun virtual group lessons led by an experienced music therapist run for half an hour, for 4…

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August 2020

Live Stream Rooftop Jazz Concert Fundraiser for REACH

August 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Sunday, Aug 23, at 7 pm PDT Gabriel Mark Hasselbach will perform a rooftop concert with a full band (Tilden Webb, Adam Rohrlick, and Chris Haas) to support  REACH! The show will be live streamed on our REACH Facebook page and Gabriel Mark Hasselbach's @GabrielsJazz Facebook page. We are very excited to have Gabriel do this to benefit us: he has performed at many of our live events over the years - Reach for the Stars Galas and Minglers…

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Summer Scavenger Hunt

August 27, 2020 @ 9:00 am - August 30, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Reach Child & Youth Development Society, 5050 47 Avenue
Delta, British Columbia Canada
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Looking for something to do during the Dog Days of Summer that’s COVID-19 safe? Reach Child and Youth Development Society has an outside, physically distanced event planned in Delta called Cruising for Clues – a Summer Scavenger Hunt. It’s affordable at $30 per vehicle and flexible with four dates to participate: August 27, 28, 29 and 30th. Participants can purchase a ticket on any of the dates and cruise for clues in North and South Delta on the date that…

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September 2020

REACH Annual General Meeting 2020

September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year we will be taking COVID-19 precautions and our AGM will be held virtually via Zoom instead of in person. While we will not be able to share good food and socialize with you in person, we hope you will attend the online meeting to hear about our accomplishments of the past year, to hear about our plans for the upcoming year and to help us vote in our Board of Directors. It means a lot to us when our…

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October 2020

Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala 2020

October 3, 2020 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Reach Child & Youth Development Society, 5050 47 Avenue
Delta, British Columbia Canada
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This year, we are proud announce our 8th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala is going virtual! Gardens of Growth will be happen on line this fall and Steve Darling will be guiding us through the evening on line!!  For over 60 years, REACH Child and Youth Development Society has been an integral part of the community, providing programs and services for vulnerable children, youth and their families, and in these uncertain times our ongoing provision of support services is…

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December 2020

New Parent Orientation

December 30, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 12:30pm on day Last of the month, repeating indefinitely

Reach Child & Youth Development Society, 5050 47 Avenue
Delta, British Columbia Canada
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New to the Autism Diagnosis? New Parent Orientation is a program to help families whose children have recently received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder to gain understanding of the diagnosis, receive information on different treatment methods on autism, grasp the ever-changing government services and programs, and find available resources in their community.   New Parent Orientation sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of the month. Additional sessions will be scheduled as needed. Pre-registration is required for all participants.…

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