Thank you to all the organizations who have submitted an application for this year.

The Foord Family Foundation is pleased to provide the following organizations with a grant to support these initiatives:

  1. Alexis Park
  2. Allan Brooks
  3. Archway Society
  4. Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon and District Branch
  5. Charles Bloom Secondary School
  6. Clarence Fulton Secondary School
  7. Community Dental Access Centre
  8. Community Foundation North Okanagan
  9. Ellison Elementary School
  10. Enderby & District Community Resource Centre
  11. Harwood
  12. Literacy Society
  13. Mission Hill Elementary School
  14. Nexus BC Community Resource Centre
  15. North Okanagan Neurological Association
  16. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
  17. Okanagan Landing Elementary School
  18. School District #22
  19. School District #22 (scholarships)
  20. Schubert Centre
  21. Science Centre
  22. W.L. Seaton Secondary School

Thank you to all the organizations who have submitted an application for this year.

The Foord Family Foundation is pleased to provide the following organizations with a grant to support these initiatives.

  1. Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
    Allan Brooks Nature Play Space
  2. Archway Society for Domestic Peace
    Family Therapy & Healing through Horses Programs
  3. Autism Society of BC
    Social groups for children impacted by autism and other intellectual disabilities
  4. Canadian Mental Health Association, Vernon & District Branch
    Super Saturday and Friday Night Live – Tween Development
  5. CanAssist at the University of Victoria
    Teen Work
  6. Children’s Heritage Fund
    The Bridge Program
  7. Clarence Fulton Secondary School
    Breakfast Program
  8. Columbia Basin Environmental Network
    Wild Voices Program
  9. Community Dental Access Centre
    Access to Dental Care for Low Income Children and Youth
  10. Cops for Kids
  11. Ellison Elementary School
    Breakfast Program
  12. Enderby & District Community Resource Society
    Enderby Safe Summer Program & Early Years Fair
  13. Harwood Elementary School
    Transforming our School Library to a Learning Commons
  14. The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch
    Kidney Kids Camp
  15. Literacy Society of the North Okanagan
    Skills Boost After School Reading Club
  16. North Okanagan Neurological Association
    (NONA Child Development Centre) Child, Family & Community Resource Support
  17. Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs
    Teen Junction Commercial Dishwasher
  18. School District No.22
    Scholarship
  19. Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
    Take a Hike Program
  20. Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boat Club
    Dynamic Opportunities for Youth Rowing Program
  21. Vernon Science and Discovery Society
    New Space for Space and Planetarium Visitor Experience
  22. Vernon Learning Disabilities Association
    Supported Tutoring and Advocacy Program
  23. W.L. Seaton Secondary School
    Breakfast and Lunch Program
  24. Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initative Society
    YBYG Training Employment Program for Youth Alumni
  25. Zajac Ranch Society
    Zajac Camper Allowance

Thank you to all the organizations who have submitted an application for this year.

The Foord Family Foundation is pleased to provide the following organizations with a grant to support their initiatives.

1. Alexis Park Elementary School
2. Autism Society of BC
3. Blind Beginnings
4. Boys and Girls Club Vernon
5. Columbia Basin Environmental Network

6. Chilliwack Restorative Justice
7. Canadian Mental Health Association
8. Cops for Kids
9. Ellison Elementary
10. Enderby & District Community Resource

11. Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
12. JW Inglis Elementary
13. Kidney Foundation
14. Literacy Society of the North Okanagan
15. Mission Hospice Society

16. North Valley Gymnastics
17. Okanagan Science Centre
18. School District No.22
19. Vernon Learning Disabilities Association
20. Vernon Native Housing

21. Vernon Women’s Transition House
22. Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
24. W.L Seaton Secondary
25. Zajac Ranch Society

Thank you to all the organizations who have submitted an application for this year.

The Foord Family Foundation is pleased to provide the following organizations with a grant to support their initiatives.

Alexis Park Elementary School
Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon
Castlegar & District Community Services Society
Children’s Heritage Fund
Choices for Youth
Community Dental Access Centre
Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation
Enderby & District Community Resource Centre
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
Gavin Lake Forest Education Society
Kidney Foundation
Mission Hospice Society
North East Native Advancing Society
North Okanagan Neurological Association
North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society
Power to Be Adventure Therapy
Rain City Housing and Support Service Society
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Social Diversity for Children Foundation
St. Albert Community Information & Volunteer Centre
School District #22
Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation
Vernon Women’s Transition House Society
Victoria Women’s Transition House
Zajac Ranch Society

Thank you to all the organizations who have submitted an application for this year.

The Foord Family Foundation is pleased to provide the following organizations with a grant to support their initiatives.

Alexis Park Elementary School
Canadian Mental Health Association – Vernon
City of Vernon
Clarence Fulton School
Ellison Elementary School
Enderby Resource Centre
Literacy and Youth Initiatives Society of the North Okanagan (Junction Literacy Centre)
Mission Hill Elementary School
North Okanagan Neurological Association
North Okanagan Youth & Family Services Society
Okanagan Landing Elementary School
Okanagan Science Center
School District #22
The Kidney Foundation
Vernon Learning Disabilities Association
Zajac Ranch

A community initiative called Build the Clubhouse is underway to construct a new $1.6 million facility for children with special needs. NONA Child Development Centre provides services in the North Okanagan to more than 700 children and youth with special needs and their families each year. The increasing number of children and youth who are diagnosed each year with Autism Spectrum Disorder is driving the need for more space and more appropriate resources.

The new facility will be called The Clubhouse and will double the number of therapy rooms, offer specialized learning opportunities for feeding and life skills, and allow onsite access to supplies and unique teaching materials.

The project is being funded through the generous support of local businesses, community services clubs, foundations and individuals. Community fund-raising campaign chair Ian Laidlaw of Baron Insurance says, “Our fundraising volunteers have really gotten the project off the ground and are continuing to seek support in the community. We have a ways to go, but they are committed to seeing this new facility built because they recognize the need for service is growing quickly and they also know the value of a top-quality facility in helping each child reach their potential.”

NONA ‘s Board Chair, Janice Foster adds, “We are delighted to have already received donations and pledges totalling nearly $700,000. On behalf of our families and staff, NONA is very appreciative to the community for their generous donations and to the volunteers who are helping us Build the Clubhouse for the North Okanagan.”

“The new Clubhouse will be adjacent to the existing facility, creating a seamless campus for families. We are so excited to be able to offer a continuum of services as a child grows in a suitable, comprehensive and connected centre.” says NONA’s Executive Director Helen Armstrong.
The 3-story facility will be built by Vernon’s Silver Rock Land Corp and will include a learning kitchen, ten therapy rooms, a gymnasium, and a third floor that will be available on a long-term lease to a complementary tenant, which will help pay operating costs.
Currently, some services primarily for children with Autism have been delivered at a residential property several blocks away. The residential property will be offered for sale.

Nona wishes to thank all the donors who have given and made pledges to date:

Local Business
Andrew Sheret Inc
Baron Insurance
Cabin Forestry
Capri Insurance
Graydon Alarms and Monitoring
Kal Tire
Lake City Casino Vernon
North Okanagan Paediatric Clinic
Optimum West Insurance
Pinnacle Communications & Media
Predator Ridge
Silver Rock Land Corp
Social Leads
Sparkling Hill
The BX Press
Tolko Industries
T-RTA Architecture Ltd
Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group

Service Clubs and Foundations
Foord Family Foundation
Vernon Lions Club
Vernon Rotary

Individual & Anonymous Donors

The public are welcome to make donations to help Build the Clubhouse online at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/10554 and to watch for NONA’s teeny-tiny-clubhouse which was most recently seen in the Winter Carnival Parade, around your local community in the coming months.

Thank you to the Foord Family Foundation for their contribution to our school through their grant process that will assist us in making our school library a ‘learning commons’ or learning ‘hub’ for
our students.

Thanks to the Foord Family Foundation, CDAC will offer preventive sealants for low income grade one students with no family dentist. Participating children will have pit and fissure sealants placed in the grooves of their newly erupted 6 year molars to help prevent tooth decay.

Like nature itself the Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s busiest time of year is springtime and their nature interpretation programs are now underway. Thanks to the Foord Family Foundation’s generous donation of funding for busses the Centre is in a position to offer affordable nature based educational programming to North Okanagan schools.

Over the months of May and June ABNC will see over 1200 students participate in programs at the Nature Centre. Renewed partnership with Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary gives schools the option to book combination tours between the two sites, with the full cost of their busing paid for.

The tours started this month and Michael Sutch, Vice Principal of Cherryville Elementary who took advantage of this funding for his school. “The busing subsidy made the opportunity to visit the Allan Brooks Nature Center and Bishop Bird Sanctuary much more affordable for our school, and we appreciated it very much.”

Sutch went on to highlight the benefits of outdoor education stating that it allows students to connect to their learning in a hands-on, stress-reduced, real life environment. “During today’s busy world, children often have limited time to connect with nature whereas our students are typically closely connected to their natural surroundings. Time to connect with nature is more important than ever in a time when we are becoming increasingly overrun with technology.”

Eleanor Bassett, programs coordinator at ABNC explains that the spring education programs at the Centre offer hands-on experiential based learning.

“We have a wide variety of programs that are designed to match Prescribed Learning Outcomes. Schools can select the focus of their trip to make the most out of their visit, such as making maps, sampling aquatic insects from the Pond Learning Centre or playing outdoor nature-themed games.”