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A Foundation With Roots

The assembly in 1952 of seven families of children with cerebral palsy represents the first roots of Lansdowne Children’s Centre. In addition to being the kernel from which this Children’s Treatment Centre grew, the Cerebral Palsy Association provided another strong plank that continues to support Lansdowne with invaluable resources. In April 2000, the Brant County Cerebral Palsy Association changed its name to the Lansdowne Children's Centre Foundation with the following objectives: 

  • Support the care and development of children living with cerebral palsy and other physical or developmental disabilities 
  • Promote and provide funds for Lansdowne Children’s Centre day to day operations and charities which benefit disabled children
  • Support Lansdowne Children's Centre’s capital requirements and special projects 

Since that time, dedicated volunteers on the Board of Directors have been supported by an even larger crew of volunteers who give of their time, talent and treasure to raise funds for Lansdowne Children's Centre. After many Directors have reached their maximum 10-year term on the Lansdowne Children's Centre Board – particularly those who served as President, they have also graciously donated more time on the Foundation Board. If you wonder why these amazing volunteers continue this work, look no further than the successes of the young people who use Lansdowne services. 

Notable events have included the June 2005 All-Stars Celebration charity gala which coincided with the launch of the popular annual Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation Charity Motorcycle Ride. From bikes to the boardroom, Lansdowne supporters who themselves to be as diverse as the young people receiving Lansdowne Children’s Centre services. 

Funds raised through the Foundation provide special programs that are not government-funded, especially in the realm of recreation. A signature program that emerged from local partnerships is the award-winning Every Kid Counts. This program ensures that children and youth with special needs have an equal opportunity to appreciate in a local recreation program by hiring Support Workers to provide both hands-on and programming support to families and recreation staff. Children with special needs need to be children first … it is our job to provide the necessary support to let them move toward their own unique independence.