Lynn Valley’s North Shore Disability Resource Centre is back with its 5 for 5 Raffle. With proceeds going to a new mobile sensory van and ongoing advocacy work – you have until Sept. 17, 2019 to purchase tickets.
The (almost) annual raffle is a key fundraiser supporting resources and advocacy work undertaken by the NSDRC. This year it is looking to expand its community resources by adding another multi sensory room available for community use and this time making it mobile to serve even more people.
Multi-sensory environments are safe spaces designed to stimulate senses, explained Kathleen Jessop, interim executive director for the North Shore Disability Resource Centre. They can soothe and calm the agitated, as well as engage the withdrawn, she said.
“We are purchasing sensory equipment and putting into a van to make it mobile,” said Jessop. “There is one multi sensory Snoezelen room on the North Shore and it’s booked all the time. Our plan is to make it mobile so we can take it to a person or to a school or to a seniors’ centre or even to a community event.”
With ambient and active visual, touch, sound and smell stimulation, the existing Snoezelen room is already an important resource for local families.
“We will be able to serve the people we already do with the room but we can also expand and serve others and it will raise awareness of us in the community as well as what multi sensory spaces are and what they are used for,” said Jessop.
The goal is to be up and running by April 2020 or when all the funds needed have been raised. The project has gotten a big boost being the beneficiary of this year’s North Shore Community Foundation’s Mayors’ Golf Tournament. That $50,000 is a huge step forward, said Jessop.
“We have some families whose children are so anxious they don’t want to leave their houses. If we can bring the room to their doorstep, we can get them from their threshold to the van it will be a huge step for them,” she said.
“You can imagine these families seeing the van pull up and having their children able to participate in something, to smiling and enjoying something – it could change lives,” added Bob McCormack, NSDRC past-president and board member.
Where else for the price of $5 can you support a dream project and possibly win a dream trip? Tickets are available for $5 at the NSDRC office at 3158 Mountain Hwy or by calling 604-985-5371. More information can found on its webpage. Tax receiptable donations (does not apply to raffle tickets) to the Snoezelen van or any of their projects can be made in person or online.
1st prize: Trip for two, anywhere WestJet flies*
2nd prize: $180 BC Ferries voucher; two night stay Ocean Village Beach Resort in Tofino; $50 gift card to Shed Restaurant Tofino*
3rd prize: Harbour Air Panorama Tour & $150 gift card Pacific Centre
4th prize: Harrison Hot Springs Resort one night stay & breakfast for two*
5th prize: $250 gift card The Bay
*Some conditions apply, details on the NSDRC website.
Five Facts You May Not Know About the NSDRC
- The organization began in 1976 by a group of parents with physically disabled children.
- They have 11 group homes.
- They employ over 200 people making them one of the larger employers on the North Shore.
- One of the largest roles NSDRC plays is supporting and helping individuals advocate for their disability and housing benefits.
- NSDRC is pretty much always hiring – they typically have both volunteer and paid positions available. Check them out!