Extra youngsters and youth with disabilities will have the ability to go to camp thanks partly to a $7-million grant from the Province of B.C.
“Going to camp is a fun-filled and life-changing expertise that every one youngsters ought to have the chance to get pleasure from,” stated Premier David Eby. “But many camps aren’t accessible for kids with disabilities, and people which might be refill quick. That’s why we’re serving to Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan replace and increase its amenities. This can enable extra youngsters to expertise the various advantages of camp whereas giving their households and caregivers the time they should recharge their batteries.”
Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan, situated alongside Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, has been working for near 50 years, welcoming its first campers in 1976. Yearly, greater than 200 youngsters and adults spend time on the camp, with gear, applications and providers designed particularly for his or her wants. By making certain everybody’s social background and studying fashion are thought of, the camp cultivates particular person development and offers campers with a enjoyable expertise that encourages growth in life expertise, self-confidence and independence.
“A keep at Camp Shawnigan has been described by many campers as one of the best time of their lives. They expertise enjoyable and friendship, guided by a tremendous employees that gives compassion and top quality of care, making this a magical place,” stated Mitzi Dean, Minister of Youngsters and Household Improvement. “By way of this grant, and with the help of group donors, Easter Seals can proceed to offer these particular experiences to campers throughout the summer season and supply a contemporary, universally accessible venue for folks with disabilities yr spherical.”
The $7-million grant will enable Camp Shawnigan to improve its amenities, that are getting old and in want of modernization, and grow to be North America’s first purpose-built, year-round retreat for kids, youth and adults with disabilities. The finances for the venture is $25 million and funding sources will embody non-public donations. Development is anticipated to start in summer season 2025 with completion in 2026.
“I’m so excited to embark on this daring plan for the revitalization of Camp Shawnigan and I’m so grateful to the Ministry of Youngsters and Household Improvement for the unbelievable help,” stated Lisa Beck, president and CEO of Easter Seals British Columbia. “This grant will enable us to push the boundaries of common and inclusive design and enhance the standard of life for tens of 1000’s of people dwelling with disabilities. It would additionally allow the expansion and future sustainability of our applications yr spherical, whereas permitting us to supply providers to different organizations, the company group and the group at giant.”
Enhancements to the eight-hectare lakefront property will embody 10 new two-bedroom cabins with kitchenettes, a resort fashion dormitory, a big group corridor and a fitness center with an in-ground pool. Designed for folks with seen and invisible disabilities, Camp Shawnigan will accommodate all folks irrespective of their skills, mobility or sensory sensitivities. Accessible landscapes, gorgeous vistas and environments constructed to be inclusive will create a way of fulfilment and group for everybody.
To seek out out extra concerning the Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan growth, go to: https://campshawnigan.ca/