Wanted to take a minute to let you all know- in case you hadn’t heard about a fabulous evening we have planned on Saturday March 29th…. (Cocktails 5:00- Dinner 6:00 p.m.)
Project HOPE is hosting a lovely Hawaiian Luau fundraising event here in Strathmore at the Civic Centre. This will be the first time we have changed the setup of the gala as we move to evening of tropical fun and excitement—complete with live entertainment from Calysto Steel Drum band and local band “The Pulse” . There will be an authentic Hawaiian feast, live and silent auction, door prizes, and most importantly, an opportunity to connect with colleagues and friends for a fun night out.
Project HOPE is a non-profit organization that has been operational for over 20 years here in the Wheatland County. Its mission is to support children with severe developmental delays and disabilities in our area schools with specialised therapies such as Music, Art and Adapted Physical Education. We are so fortunate to have highly skilled and talented therapists from Calgary who come out weekly to provide service to our children during school hours. All money raised for Project HOPE goes to supporting children in the continuation of these therapies. We have a Board of dedicated volunteers who continue year after year to support, fundraise, and dedicate their time and energy to this important mission. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a great team.
If you are interested in attending, tickets are $40.00 each- come see me- it is guaranteed to be a fund evening.
Have a great rest of the week!!
Photo: Sharon McLeay Times Contributor
.....Keeping you Up to Date: January, 2014
Christmas is a time where bringing joy into children’s lives is forefront in everyone’s mind. Encana, Strathmore’s Encana employees, Global Training, the Elks and many of Encana’s local resource-based business affiliates came together to change children’s lives, when they raised $22,674 in support of Project Hope.
“I had heard about Project Hope earlier in the year from one of my friends here in Strathmore. I got the information on Project Hope from him and I thought it would be a good fit for what we wanted to do here,” said Dean Pawulski, Encana’s Production Manager in Strathmore.
Encana is active all year in sponsoring the rodeo and sports in Strathmore, plus promoting a yearlong volunteer time-to-cash employee match program; but their Encana Cares program gives each sub-business unit a small amount money once a year to host an event, to support a charity group in the area and the company matches the funds.
“It is important that we support the organizations in areas that we work in. People in and around Strathmore grant us licenses to do business here, so it is important for us to give back. When we can be in touch with the community like this, it just ties the knot,” said Pawulski. “To help an organization that helps kids and then the money stays in the community, it was an easy choice. I am proud to work for Encana and more honoured that we can help Project Hope.”
Pawulski spread the joy of giving, by encouraging Encana business partners to donate when they met for a regular safety meeting. Project Hope came in and showed the group videos of the children at work; then, Palawski said it was an easy sell from there. Linda Tucker, coordinator for Project Hope, said if anyone is interested in coming in and observing the students utilizing the program, they can arrange with her to set up a time.
Project Hope is non-profit organization working in Wheatland County for over 20 years, serving children with diverse, learning, physical, social and medical needs within the school environment. Therapists come in from Calgary and provide specialized services like music programs, art therapy and adapted physical education.
“This program is unique in Western Canada. It is costly and these children absolutely need this support,” said Tucker, indicating support is needed not just at Christmas, but all year long.
The operating budget every year is over $130,000 and all of that funding goes to the students’ programs, as Board members are volunteers. While Golden Hills School Division donates the facility and allows the programs to be delivered within the school setting, Project Hope is not funded through the government or the school board.
“Some people think that when they pay their school fees, a portion of that goes to Project Hope. It doesn’t. We have to fundraise for every dollar. So we have to do casinos, rely on clubs like the Lions and the Elks, and private donations and corporate donations like this one,” said Corinne Ball, Chairman for Project Hope. “Dean contacted us, which we are very thankful for. We weren’t looking for this, so it is really a bonus for us and very helpful.”
While Project Hope is sometimes confused with Hope Bridges, it is not the same thing but rather an extension of Hope Bridges and a separate entity.
“It is important for us that we raise the awareness in the community about the program. A lot of people don’t even know about it,” said Ball.
Tucker said that they have seen extraordinary growth in the students involved in the program.
“It is essential in developing their skills. When we read the surveys from parents and the children at the end of the year, we see that it changes their life … really, it changes their lives.”
December 17th, 2013 Strathmore Times
Special Thank you from Project HOPE goes out to:
Strathmore Operations Team (Encana), Encana Cares 2013 (Encana) , Palliser Well Service LTD, Grove Contract Operating LTD, Swab King LTD, Progressive Oilfield Services, Mark Sutherland Ranching LTD, FMC Technologies, Gas Drive, Finning Canada, Lifting Equipment LTD, Carnwood Wireline Service LTD, Swab Master, Rattray Reclamation, Vortex Production Services, NOV Wilson, PCS, Hoerbiger Canada, Strathmore Elks, Global Training Centre
Project HOPE…keeping you up to date: December 9, 2013
We are pleased to announce new members to the Board: Monica Major, Heather John and Lisa Pye. Your interest and commitment to children is so much appreciated we look forward to serving alongside you this school year. We also express sincere gratitude to Larry Tucker, Jean Sutherland and Lorraine Bauer for dedicating their time and energy as Board members during the 2012-2013 school year- you will be missed.
Project HOPE wishes to extend a big thank you to EnCana for their generous support shown on October 18th at their annual community fundraising event. We were so very pleased to have this invitation and were completely surprised with the generosity and kind support of the group. These funds will be used to directly support children in our community with Music, Art and Adaptive Physical Educational therapies this school year. We cannot express our gratitude enough. This therapy makes a huge difference to children and we could not provide it without the support and commitment of this community.
Mark on your calendar March 15th as the Annual Project HOPE Gala. This year the format will be slightly different as we host a Hawaiian themed evening of fun, friends and laughter. More details to follow.
A Special Thank you to all of our amazing Therapists from Calgary who continue to support children in the Wheatland area schools. This time and talent is beyond measure. We could not function without the help and support of our very own GHSD staff in their daily contribution to Project HOPE. We appreciate everyone working together in supporting the goals for these fabulous children and youth.
Happy Holidays on behalf of the Project HOPE board.
Project HOPE extends a BIG thank you to Scott Ball and his dynamic TEAM for raising $7635.00 during the August 3rd 125 km all-terrain extreme adventure race in Grande Cache Alberta. These young men battled difficult weather conditions while running through very challenging terrain including three mountain summits and 17,000 feet of elevation change. This donation to Project HOPE is very much appreciated as every dollar goes toward programming and supporting children with diverse needs. We thank you VERY much for this generous contribution.
The results are in from our 2012-2013 Annual Report and once again, we are so proud of the supports and services provided for our children. We are extremely grateful to our talented Therapists who continue to provide exceptional supports to the children of the Wheatland County area. We could not operate without the generous support and commitment of this community. Here are just a few comments from our surveys on the impact of Project HOPE:
“My daughter looks forward to Music Therapy every week. She gets very excited as she loves to sing and dance”
“He has opened up soooo much”
“Just being part of a group and having friends has made a huge impact. She loves to sing, remembers words and enjoys trying new instruments. She looks forward to music each week”
“My daughter has now used music as a learning strategy to being able to speak clearly”
“Loves to create and feels a definite sense of satisfaction/ pride when he shows finished work. Great to see him confident about art”
“He is able to express himself and his emotions much better through his involvement in Art Therapy”
“So pleased to finally find and see a program like this in schools. Keep up the good work”
“The students gain confidence both physically and emotionally as they build self-esteem, creativity and awareness of their athletic ability and gain courage with the class”
“Project HOPE is a blessing to the students”
Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on October 28th at 5:00 at Westmount school. We are currently seeking Board member positions. Please contact Linda Tucker at (403)934-5121 ext. 2040 for more information.