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Taking Our Learning into the Community – Calgary Corn Maze

We are so grateful to Calgary Corn Maze for playing host to us for our first field trip of the year. It was the perfect setting to meet up and connect with our families, and, not to mention, the weather couldn’t have been any better! The Calgary Corn Maze is literally a-maze-ing – with plenty of activities to enjoy with your children, there is something to meet every interest, while fostering a few new interests along the way. A unique opportunity, it was all hands on deck – with teachers, therapists and aides all on-site, families were able to see

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Learning through the Five Senses

This month our theme at preschool is the five senses. We’ve had some fun with this, using touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste to explore and learn about the world around us and each other. One of my favorite things we did this month was a taste test. To introduce the topic, we read Lick by Matthew Van Fleet. We learned that our tongues can lick, taste and feel. This book reading was participation focused and we used a combination of oral language, sign language, visuals and single message communicators (such as Big Macs) to give everyone a voice and

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Pacekids set to expand with a little help from its SAIT friends

With increasing demand for services for children with special needs, Pacekids is set to open a new facility in NE Calgary. The location will provide the organization with 16,000 square feet of additional space to serve children with disabilities. To translate the organization’s vision for the centre into reality, the non-profit enlisted the help of six Architectural Technology students from SAIT Polytechnic.  Completing the project as part of a work term, the student team collaborated with Pacekids to come up with renderings and 3-D models of what the facility will look like when it opens. Sharon van de Burgt, a

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Mark Sutherland Charity Poker Tournament for Special Needs Children

Mark Sutherland and friends get ‘knocked out’ and raise $89,000 in support of programming for children with special needs

Pacekids Programs teamed up with Mark Sutherland and ATB Financial to host the second annual Mark Sutherland Invitational Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. The Tournament provided an opportunity for guests to support specialized programming for children with special needs, while experiencing an intimate, one-of-a-kind event. Cowboys Dance Hall was filled with over 150 generous participants, including faces of the Calgary Stampede and World Professional Chuckwagon Association along with celebrity guests Nick “The Promise” Ring, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Kelly Hrudey, and more. In total the Mark Sutherland Invitational raised $89,000, exceeding last year’s fundraising total by nearly $10,000. Each table was hosted

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Wagons for Wee Ones - Special Needs

Chuckwagon Drivers Harness Support for Children with Special Needs

Sunny skies and bright faces were seen Monday morning at the Strathmore Stampede grounds as hundreds came to support the children of Pacekids Programs at the 2nd annual Wagons for Wee Ones, presented for the members of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA). For the second year in a row, the Sutherland family reined in members of the WPCA to benefit another deserving children’s charity, Pacekids Programs. This year proved to be an overwhelming success as hundreds of people – including chuckwagon drivers and outriders, their families, their sponsors and their fans along with members of the Pacekids community –

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Race for Pace for Special Needs Children

Superheroes Unite for Children with Special Needs

They came, they conquered and they raised funds for children with special needs. This past Saturday, the 5th annual Remington Race for Pace was a success with over five hundred Calgarians embracing a new ‘Superhero’ event theme, supporting local charity, Pacekids Programs. Early morning showers could not keep event supporters away as hundreds donned superhero garb on Saturday, June 23rd, demonstrating support of the Pacekids Programs’ annual Race for Pace. This came as no surprise to event special guest, Superintendent Ray Robitaille: “Quite simply, the weather didn’t matter. I was inspired by the courage in which the children and parents

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Taking Our Learning into the Community – Calgary Corn Maze

We are so grateful to Calgary Corn Maze for playing host to us for our first field trip of the year. It was the perfect setting to meet up and connect with our families, and, not to mention, the weather couldn’t have been any better! The Calgary Corn Maze is literally a-maze-ing – with plenty of activities to enjoy with your children, there is something to meet every interest, while fostering a few new interests along the way. A unique opportunity, it was all hands on deck – with teachers, therapists and aides all on-site, families were able to see

Read More »

Learning through the Five Senses

This month our theme at preschool is the five senses. We’ve had some fun with this, using touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste to explore and learn about the world around us and each other. One of my favorite things we did this month was a taste test. To introduce the topic, we read Lick by Matthew Van Fleet. We learned that our tongues can lick, taste and feel. This book reading was participation focused and we used a combination of oral language, sign language, visuals and single message communicators (such as Big Macs) to give everyone a voice and

Read More »

Pacekids set to expand with a little help from its SAIT friends

With increasing demand for services for children with special needs, Pacekids is set to open a new facility in NE Calgary. The location will provide the organization with 16,000 square feet of additional space to serve children with disabilities. To translate the organization’s vision for the centre into reality, the non-profit enlisted the help of six Architectural Technology students from SAIT Polytechnic.  Completing the project as part of a work term, the student team collaborated with Pacekids to come up with renderings and 3-D models of what the facility will look like when it opens. Sharon van de Burgt, a

Read More »
Mark Sutherland Charity Poker Tournament for Special Needs Children

Mark Sutherland and friends get ‘knocked out’ and raise $89,000 in support of programming for children with special needs

Pacekids Programs teamed up with Mark Sutherland and ATB Financial to host the second annual Mark Sutherland Invitational Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. The Tournament provided an opportunity for guests to support specialized programming for children with special needs, while experiencing an intimate, one-of-a-kind event. Cowboys Dance Hall was filled with over 150 generous participants, including faces of the Calgary Stampede and World Professional Chuckwagon Association along with celebrity guests Nick “The Promise” Ring, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Kelly Hrudey, and more. In total the Mark Sutherland Invitational raised $89,000, exceeding last year’s fundraising total by nearly $10,000. Each table was hosted

Read More »
Wagons for Wee Ones - Special Needs

Chuckwagon Drivers Harness Support for Children with Special Needs

Sunny skies and bright faces were seen Monday morning at the Strathmore Stampede grounds as hundreds came to support the children of Pacekids Programs at the 2nd annual Wagons for Wee Ones, presented for the members of the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA). For the second year in a row, the Sutherland family reined in members of the WPCA to benefit another deserving children’s charity, Pacekids Programs. This year proved to be an overwhelming success as hundreds of people – including chuckwagon drivers and outriders, their families, their sponsors and their fans along with members of the Pacekids community –

Read More »
Race for Pace for Special Needs Children

Superheroes Unite for Children with Special Needs

They came, they conquered and they raised funds for children with special needs. This past Saturday, the 5th annual Remington Race for Pace was a success with over five hundred Calgarians embracing a new ‘Superhero’ event theme, supporting local charity, Pacekids Programs. Early morning showers could not keep event supporters away as hundreds donned superhero garb on Saturday, June 23rd, demonstrating support of the Pacekids Programs’ annual Race for Pace. This came as no surprise to event special guest, Superintendent Ray Robitaille: “Quite simply, the weather didn’t matter. I was inspired by the courage in which the children and parents

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