Currently 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Autism is now the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has no scientifically identified cause and occurs in all ethnic and socio-economic groups.
The East Kootenay Behaviour Intervention Program (EKBIP) is a regional program that supports children and their families throughout the East Kootenays who have received a diagnosis of Autism or require other behaviour intervention supports. The EKBIP provides evidence-based therapies and falls under the umbrella of the Community Connections Society of Southeast BC (CCS).
ASD spans a lifetime. Early intervention, such as the services and support provided by the East Kootenay Behaviour Intervention Program, has positive impacts on the quality of life for those within the program! There are 97 families within the East Kootenays currently receiving services from the EKBIP. While there is already an amazing team of staff members doing all that they can for these families, EKBIP is still in
need of your help to make this support the most efficient it can be!
The East Kootenay Behaviour Intervention Program needs tablets in order to develop and implement behaviour programming for individuals being supported. We are introducing an electronic data collection system in the New Year to best serve families of the East Kootenay region and your support is key! Would you consider donating to help us achieve our goal?
Your support allows for reduced operation costs and in turn allows individual funding to be used towards increased direct contact to children and individuals accessing services. You can help provide families within your community and individuals on the autism spectrum with the best possible support!
When not for profit agencies such as ours receive donations such as yours, it allows much of the funding received to go to direct service! Any monetary donations received are tax-deductible as we are a Non-Profit Society Program under Community Connections Society of Southeast BC!
“With its biggest ever line-up of Canadian talent, the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is set to close out Canada 150 with its 19th annual tour, which will once again makes its way through the East Kootenay between Dec. 11 and 13.
Canada 150 ambassador Alan Doyle will travel from Calgary to Port Moody with The Beautiful Band, with the first B.C. stop in Sparwood at 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 11.
From there, the train will make stops at Fernie from 5:15 to 6 p.m., Jaffray from 7:15 to 7:35 p.m. and conclude the day in Cranbrook, arriving at 9:05 p.m…Read more at E-Know.ca.
There’s a bake sale happening at Isabella Dicken Elementary School tomorrow from 12 – 4 pm in the gym. There will be lots to choose from and it’s a wonderful fundraiser for P.A.C. (Parent Advisory Committee) who do a lot for the students.
I’m making lemon squares right now. They’re going to be amazing…if they even make it there. Yum.
A book sale is also happening at the same time in the library.
A little information for you from Fernie Nature Club:
Please join the Fernie Nature Club for the annual Christmas Bird Count happening this year on Thursday, December 14! Please meet at 1042 – 10th Ave at 8:30am and then head out for the day. Enter through the carport entrance via the side door. Lunch and snacks will be available when you return.
PLEASE NOTE: Lee-Anne Walker will be doing the survey of Hosmer to the Fernie Visitor Information Centre on December 15 from 1-4 pm if anyone would like to join in on this date. Please meet Lee-Anne at the Wildsight Elk Valley office at 12:45pm.
The information on the numbers of birds and species from this count will be entered into a data base which is used by scientists and researchers who are looking at the trends over the past years. Since Fernie is located between the prairies and the West Coast, we can provide valuable information on what is happening in the bird world.
Please be prepared with the appropriate clothing, water. etc. You will be staying out in the field for the prime counting hours and will then meet up starting anywhere from 2-3pm for lunch/snacks and to turn in your tally.
If you wish to go birding on skis, snowshoes or a fat tire bike, please bring your gear with you. The Nature Club will give you an area that should work for you and you can head out.
If you cannot attend on December 14, you can still participate by counting birds at your backyard feeder during the 3 days before and 3 days after Dec 14 and we will record this as “species being present”.
The Nature Club would also like to start collecting the 2018 fees for BC Nature and the Fernie Nature Club. This year, the family rate at $25 and the single rate at $20. Approximately $15 of this goes to BC Nature which includes a subscription to their magazine, as well as their insurance, project and administration costs. For more info on the Fernie Nature Club or the Christmas Bird Count please contact Ron Lentz at Ron 250-430-7249.
“The Royal Ballet Nutcracker Screening direct from England. FREE! December 17th, 5pm @ the Vogue Theatre
This beautiful ballet enthralls with snowflakes, the land of sweets and sensational dancing. A wonderful night out for all the family, we encourage children to come dressed as their own fairy prince/ss, ballet dancer, evil magician, magical toy or mouse! Magical wands, sweets and toys all welcome too! Totally free, just come along.”
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