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Mark Sutherland Invitational hits $500,000 raised!

On Tuesday, October 4th, over 30 celebrity guests and 200 poker players came together at Cowboys Dance Hall in hopes of ‘Knocking out a Cowboy’ at Mark Sutherland’s annual charity poker tournament. This was the fifth year for the event and the fundraising total reached half a million dollars raised for Pacekids Programs and other deserving non-profit organizations! Celebrity hosts for the charity poker tournament included professional chuckwagon driver, Mark Sutherland; Calgary Stampeders, Charleston Hughes and Rene Parades; 2016 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion, Kirk Sutherland; the one and only Terry Grant, AKA Man Tracker and many more from the

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ChangeMakers Project

Pacekids was lucky to be chosen by Tyra, a seventh-grade student from Banded Peak School as the charity of choice for her ‪changemakers ‬project. changemaker (čenǰ mekər) – n. – someone who is taking creative action to solve a social problem. Changemakers activates a global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policymakers, and activists to build the movement for Everyone A Changemaker. The grade seven students at Banded Peak School each take on a changemakers project of their own, and Pacekids is proud to have been chosen. Tyra organized a toy and book drive, donating all of the items

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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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Mark Sutherland Invitational hits $500,000 raised!

On Tuesday, October 4th, over 30 celebrity guests and 200 poker players came together at Cowboys Dance Hall in hopes of ‘Knocking out a Cowboy’ at Mark Sutherland’s annual charity poker tournament. This was the fifth year for the event and the fundraising total reached half a million dollars raised for Pacekids Programs and other deserving non-profit organizations! Celebrity hosts for the charity poker tournament included professional chuckwagon driver, Mark Sutherland; Calgary Stampeders, Charleston Hughes and Rene Parades; 2016 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Champion, Kirk Sutherland; the one and only Terry Grant, AKA Man Tracker and many more from the

Read More »

ChangeMakers Project

Pacekids was lucky to be chosen by Tyra, a seventh-grade student from Banded Peak School as the charity of choice for her ‪changemakers ‬project. changemaker (čenǰ mekər) – n. – someone who is taking creative action to solve a social problem. Changemakers activates a global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policymakers, and activists to build the movement for Everyone A Changemaker. The grade seven students at Banded Peak School each take on a changemakers project of their own, and Pacekids is proud to have been chosen. Tyra organized a toy and book drive, donating all of the items

Read More »

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

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