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Newsletter #9: June 2017
Autism 30 June 2017 Newsletter
June is the first month of summer and a bright new start of a new schedule. For many of us this is an exciting time when we get to spend more time with our children and for others this can be a stressful time of forging a new schedule to become accustomed to, and maybe for some, both. We are very fortunate here in the lower mainland of British Columbia as many organizations offer our children camps and activities throughout the summer. If you can and are able I hope that many are taking full advantage of the programs we have on offer. If you are wondering what’s offered to you please look at our “Activities” section of the Autism 30 website for just some of what is available to you.
I also understand that this can be a stressful time as some are just finishing their last year of high school and are now looking for other opportunities for their future. Uncertain paths and ventures can lead to a daunting task of finding meaning and a clear path. There are other organizations that we’ve featured that help. You can find them on the Autism 30 website in “Organizations”.
Some are looking forward to continuing their studies at high learning establishments and are keen to progress through the academic route. They will use the summer to prepare and take a much-needed break before resuming their studies. I must admit that my favorite people to interview are our Community Members who have paved the way forward for our youth. Many of them have advanced degrees or are currently working towards theirs. You can listen to their stories on the Autism 30 website in “Community Members”.
Whether you are a child, a teenager going forth into the world, or are a graduate, know that you are amazing and deserve every opportunity to have the summer and future you want. Seize the day and summer, whatever it may look like for you. May your family allow and help you to find your joy, to live your summer months to the full.
I know that for me June is and will always be a month of anticipation and excitement. More family time, sunshine, outdoor warm activities, family picnics, beach time, and a time to explore new challenges.
These are some on the wonderful events that are happening at PAFN in the month of May. If you are interested please call PAFN.
PAFN Connections Young Adults Social Group When Thu, June 15th, 18:00 – 21:00 For teens and young adults: Open hang out including video games, arcade games, pizza and more RSVP: [email protected]
PAFN Employment Club When Fri, 16th and 30th of June. 10:00 – 12:00 DescriptionCome network and meet with other individuals on the spectrum looking for work. Hear about employment programs and supports, share job finding tips and support each other in your employment journey! Please RSVP to [email protected]com
All events are happening at: PAFN’s Goodlife Fitness Hub 3688 Cessna Dr, Richmond, BC V7B, Canada
Adults with Autism - what they would like you to know Featuring Neil Steinwand and Emma Smith Venue: District Education Support Centre, 341 Shuswap Street, SW Salmon Arm, BC Time: Monday, June 5th - 6:30pm to 8:30pm This presentation is geared towards caregivers, professionals, selfadvocates and youth in their mid to late teens. Please RSVP to – Lisa Watson at[email protected]or 250-212-4075
Autism BC Waffles Sibling Support Group Join them for Laser Tag Sunday, June 25th 1:00pm - 3pm They will have refreshments at Vesna's after the game! Location: Safari Ridge Adventure Park - 2216 Horizon Drive, West Kelowna Vesna's - 850 Bren Maur Road Who: Kids age 8 - 12 years old that have brothers or sisters that are on the autism spectrum or with a disability Cost: $10 per child (total cost per child is $20 but Autism BC will pay the additional amount). Please provide a phone number where we can reach a parent/guardian in the case of an emergency. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Lisa at[email protected]or 250-212-4075
BC Challenger Baseball is having its Annual Jamboree in Tsawwassen this year. Loads of activities, music, celebrities, etc. It will be held on Saturday June 17th and starts at 10am. If you would like more information please contact Head Coach Mr. Fred Bonn.