Penticton’s OSNS benefits from $10,000 RBC grant

The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre will use the money for tech upgrades

A “game-changer” is how executive director Manisha Willms of the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre described a recent grant from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

The centre’s mission is to “maximize the developmental growth, emotional health and creative capacity of children and youth in the South Okanagan Similkameen through early intervention and family-centred care,” according to its website.

The $10,000 grant will go toward a technology upgrade that will fundamentally change the efficiency of treatment for its young clients.

“It is so important that treatment be measurable. That we objectively show progress, rather than rely on observations that children ‘seem to be doing better,’” said Willms. “Up to now, all the data on how children do with every new goal has been kept by hand in large binders. The data gets reviewed by the clinical teams on the cyclical basis and goals are then updated.

“The technology made possible by this grant is going to change all that.”

READ MORE: Okanagan businesses help kids get to the root of the matter

Data will now be gathered within a purpose-built platform on iPads and a master list of goals will immediately be communicated to clinical teams so children can quickly go on to working on the next set of skills.

“Improvement needs to be measurable at every step,” said Willms. “Many of our children work on multiple goals each time they come in for a session. These goals are often a combination of motor, communication and cognitive skills. And for every goal, we keep data on each time a child tries – whether it’s comprehension of a new concept like ‘before’ or using alternate feet to walk climb stairs.”

READ MORE: Fast-paced South Okanagan fundraiser guaranteed to thrill

Until now, all that data was recorded by hand and kept in large binders.

“If you go back to the long-standing history between RBC and OSNS, you see a strong commitment in our team’s dedication to services for children in the South Okanagan,” said Ray Warren, RBC vice president of commercial financial services in a news release. “It goes without saying that we would look to partner in other ways. Digital technology is part of the future and what better way to be involved than to supply hardware and software that improves treatment for children. RBC is a digitally enabled relationship bank so this project for OSNS is a perfect fit.”


 

@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


 MarkBrett
Send Mark Brett an email.
Like the Western News on Facebook.
Follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central Okanagan residents invited to give input on regional transport plan

The plan will help Central Okanagan governments work together to connect people and places across the region

Okanagan set for thunderstorms before sunny weekend

Thunderstorms are predicted to give way to a hot, sunny weekend around Kelowna

Body of 21-year-old man found in Okanagan Lake

BC Coroners Service is investigting the circumstances of the man’s death

UBC Okanagan caps digital fees per course amid COVID-19

The UBCO student senate capped fees at $65 per class for the first winter term in 2020

Kelowna RCMP discover more imitation firearms used in crimes

RCMP say the fake guns can be hard to distinguish from the real ones

Airlines dispute Dr. Henry’s claim they ‘very rarely’ give accurate COVID contact tracing info

Air Canada, WestJet say they provide names and contact information

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen pays nearly $8 million in wages

Figures included in latest Statement of Financial Information

Democracy costs Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen more than $500,000

Remuneration and expenses paid to chair, directors and alternate directors comes to $542,588

Workplace design: Are you grown up enough to work from home?

Columnist Jules Galloway is the founder/owner of Evolve Design| Build

Dyer: Replacing dam and solar power

Research indicates Canada could replace 100% of power from dams with solar, using only 13% of the land

Airborne hot dog strikes Greater Victoria pedestrian

Police called to 4200-block of Quadra Street for hot dog incident

Kootnekoff: CEWS expanded and extended

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

B.C. scientist, 63, protests in trees set to be removed for Trans Mountain pipeline

Tim Takaro is reaching new heights as he tries to stall the pipeline expansion project in New Westminster

Police investigate North Okanagan truck fire

‘At this time, investigators are treating the fire as suspicious,’ says Cpl. Tania Finn

Most Read