Canucks Autism Network

If you haven’t yet joined the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), now is the time. These people are dedicated to recreation, sports and just plain fun!

In the past month, my family and I have attended the Family Fun Day at Nat Bailey Stadium, bike lessons for my child and the Corn Maze fun day in Chilliwack. All of the staff members and volunteers turned themselves inside out trying to make these events as fun as possible. Every member of the family had a blast.

It’s refreshing to find an organization which is removed from politics and negativity.

CAN has quite a number of programs on the go including:

  • Biking
  • Soccer
  • Vocational Clubs
  • Social Clubs
  • Skating
  • Family Fun Days
  • Camps

It costs $25 per year to join CAN (which can be paid for by the Autism Funds Unit) and it is worth every penny. Keep in mind this is the cost for the family membership and everyone can participate in the Family Fun Days.

What you won’t find is ABA trained aides, but you will find people who are extremely dedicated and keen to learn about your child. If your child is severely challenged, the staff members and volunteers are only too anxious to learn how to interact with him/her.

A word of warning: The events do fill up quickly. Regular emails are sent from CAN listing their upcoming activities and the time that registration begins. Don’t be late to sign up or you will be disappointed.

Thanks again to all the staff and volunteers at CAN. My family and many others truly appreciate what you are doing.

 

4 thoughts on “Canucks Autism Network”

  1. Did you think the activities would be appropriate for a toddler as well? Looking at their programs, it seems like it’s more for school aged kids.

  2. Hi Tom

    Some of the activities are certainly geared towards older kids, but the Family Fun Days are great for everyone. There were kids of every age out at the Corn Maze on Sunday and they all had a good time.

  3. Hi Vickie

    Some of their sports programs top out at age 15, but others including “Get Fit”, social clubs, and vocational clubs serve the older kids.

    Also the Family Fun Days include all ages.

    I would recommend that you have a good look at their website. They have a lot to offer!

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