GIRLS CLUB supporters (left to right): TELUS Community Board member Josh Dueck, Girls Club Chapter Director Bree Cawley, TELUS Community Board Member Brangwen Mooney

GIRLS CLUB supporters (left to right): TELUS Community Board member Josh Dueck, Girls Club Chapter Director Bree Cawley, TELUS Community Board Member Brangwen Mooney

Moms start GIRLS CLUB for disabled kids

A movement started in the Lower Mainland has spread to the Kelowna and Okanagan areas

A new resource has recently opened in the Okanagan for young girls with disabilities.

GIRLS CLUB, a social group for girls who have any type of neuro/developmental differences, received an early Christmas present this week, with the announcement that they received a $9,000 grant from the TELUS Thompson Okanagan Community Board.

GIRLS CLUB was launched in the Lower Mainland in February this year by a mom with a daughter diagnosed with autism.

More recently the Okanagan chapter was opened up by a mom with a daughter with a brain disorder. The club now has over 130 members across the two locations and awareness is quickly growing about this new resource for girls with disabilities.

Membership for GIRLS CLUB is free, and no drop-in or participation fees are charged for the meetups

“Up until now we have been 100 per cent self-funded—just two moms with a dream to see our daughters form friendships with other girls,” stated Bree Cawley, chapter director. “With receiving a TELUS Community Board Grant some of the financial burden is removed. We can move forward with expanding the reach of GIRLS CLUB and connecting with families who have girls who could benefit from attending our meetups.”

This fully-inclusive group welcomes GIRLS of all abilities, levels of independence and ages. Activities at the meetups include theme parties, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, listening to music, and just hanging out and having fun. In addition, scheduled activities and outings within the community are on the agenda for the new year.

“The foundation of the group is based on the belief that all children wish to connect and form meaningful relationships with others,” said Cawley. “Providing on-going opportunities for kids/teens who might otherwise find it more challenging to make friends is one way to help foster these relationships.”

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

The administrative headquarters for the Central Okanagan Public Schools. (File photo)
COVID-19 exposures confirmed at 2 Central Okanagan Schools

The infected individuals are self-isolating at home

Farming Karma is set to release a line of fruit vodka sodas soon. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna fruit growers expanding line of beverages

Farming Karma is expanding from fruit sodas to fruit vodka sodas

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Jane Linden
KCR: Volunteering keeps you active

Kelowna Community Resources shares stories of its volunteers in a weekly column

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read