November, 2019
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Happy Fall!! 

Fall is a time for getting back into the swing of things, with the change of season it brings a fresh start. We are excited to share what has been happening since our last newsletter in August. We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve.

Family Fall Festival in support of Advocacy

for a new Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent

A Family Fall Festival was held at the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) on October 1 to celebrate children and families with fun and social activities including a BBQ, Face Painting, Play Rangers and more. It also provided a chance for client and family ambassadors to update families regarding a letter writing campaign in support of provincial funding for a new Centre.

Due to the addition of new programs, caseload growth, strong demand and changing client needs, the CTC-CK is in need of a new expanded building.  Local fundraising support has been strong and a location on McNaughton Ave. West has been chosen as the new site. In order to start construction, the CTC-CK requires both local fundraising and government funding. Advocacy continues to obtain Ministry funding sooner in order to set a construction date. 

Past clients and current Centre Ambassadors, Ashley Gialelem and Cristian Picard were present to facilitate the letter writing campaign and know first-hand the need for a new Centre.  Cristian states “It’s time for a new Children’s Treatment Centre for a brighter tomorrow!”  Ashley notes, “Our voices need to be heard.  I know we can do this together!” The event also supported “Celebrating Abilities, and Developing Potential” and provided a chance to share the CTC-CK’s commitment to families with their vision of Amazing Kids Today, Enriching our Community tomorrow.


Chatham-Kent kids and families need a new building due to significant caseload and program growth, to eliminate accessibility hazards and to provide the best service for our community.

Construction on our new building cannot begin until we secure Provincial funding.  We need letters of support sent to Premier Doug Ford to help us become a priority for funding.  

Please visit the Family Advisory section  on our website for a sample letter and addresses that the letters must be sent to, or contact Ashley at 519-354-0520 ext. 158.

Highlighting Programs offered at the Children's Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent

Life Links Holiday Helpers Program

The CTC-CK is excited to bring about a brand new program called "Holiday Helpers" to the Life Links series of programs. Participants are working away at the construction of the float, will learn how to code/program lights so that they blink in tune with the music, problem solve and work together as a team.

Save the date for Friday, November 15th to see the results of their float in action at the Chatham Santa Claus Parade! The parade will begin at 6:30pm and move down King Street to end at the WISH Centre.

The CTC-CK Life Links program provides support to families and youth ages 6-21 (with a confirmed diagnosis of a physical, communication or developmental delay) as they navigate through life transitions. Through FUN groups/activities, participants will be supported as they further their skills and knowledge in the areas of independence, life skills, and community resources.  Families/clients also receive support in connecting to appropriate services within the community. 


Bentley's Journey

In 2016 at 8 months old, Bentley was diagnosed with MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome, a rare, progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects boys. Most people with this condition have low muscle tone in infancy, feeding difficulties, poor or absent speech, seizures that may not improve with treatment and delayed development of motor skills such as sitting and walking.

 “We were told our son Bentley would never walk or talk when he was diagnosed with MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome,” says Amanda Hann, parent of CTC-CK client. “This past summer he was using the gait sling tracking at the Centre during his physiotherapy sessions and quickly progressed to walking with two hands held and weight bearing. We are so happy with the progression.”

The physiotherapy program Bentley uses at the CTC-CK was in need of an upgraded Parallel bar system that was adjustable in height and width. The Plasman Group from Tilbury approached the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation in the summer to see what one of the greatest needs were at the time and decided to donate the parallel bars. This piece of upgraded equipment will help children like Bentley who use the physiotherapy services at the CTC-CK learn to walk. 

Today, Bentley has come a long way. Not only is he able to walk assisted with two hands held, he is also able to communicate with cards. He is able to let his family know his food choices, if he’d like to play on his iPad and a variety of other things. An amazing story of Bentley’s journey from diagnosis.

Thank you to the team at the Plasman Group for their donation. Children who use the physiotherapy services at the Centre will benefit from their gift for many years to come.
Photographed L-R: Donna Litwin-Makey, Executive Director CTC-CK; Ryan Jackson, Plasman Group; Paula Stiles, Executive Administrator, Plasman Group; Jamie Whaley, Plasman Group; Shauna Hatch, VP Human Resources, Plasman Group and Lisa Caron, Fund Development Officer for CTC-CK Foundation.
Mark your calendar for these important upcoming dates:

Children's Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent Events:

  • November 15, 2019 - Chatham Santa Claus Parade beginning at 6:30PM in downtown Chatham along King Street. Watch for the CTC-CK float built by participants in our Life Links Program.
  • November 19, 2019-  🎄 Children's Christmas Party🎄 , 5-7 pm. NEW Location: John D. Bradley Centre. Click here for more information on Christmas in Muskoka.
  • November 21, 2019 - FASD (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder) - A Nutritional Approach to FASD. From 5:30 - 7:00PM at the CTC-CK. Register by calling Jessica Constancio at 519-354-0520 ext.259 or

Important Awareness Dates:

  • November 17, 2019 - World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17 each year to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide.

Children's Treatment Centre Foundation - Fundraising Events:

For more information, please contact the Foundation at

The Children's Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent is excited to share, with sincere gratitude, our recent fundraising news and efforts. 

Festival of Golf Hillbilly Hoedown a great success!

A total of $110,000 was raised at this year’s sold out fourth annual Festival of Golf event for the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation.

Attendees enjoyed 18 holes of golf, exciting food, drink or entertainment vendors at every hole, dinner and incredible giveaways. One hundred and forty-four guests enjoyed this year’s Hillbilly Hoedown themed golf fundraiser at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club on September 20, 2019.

Thank-you to all of the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who together made this a successful fundraising event for the Children's Treatment Centre Foundation.

Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent Donates $10,000

Thank-you to the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent for their generous donation of $10,000 towards the Butterfly Building Campaign. On October 30, 2019, they presented the cheque at their delicious Crepe Dinner!

This $10,000 completes their $25,000 commitment and consists of fundraising from their Crepe Dinner, Riverview Gaming Centre bingo efforts and personal donations from club members.

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign raises over $30K

What’s better than a cookie that tastes good? A cookie that does good! From September 16-22, Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign supported charities in communities across the country, including the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent – one of 550 Canadian charities, hospitals and community programs supported through the annual campaign.
During that week, local Tim Hortons owners, Guy Pritchard and Mike and Paula Grail donated local proceeds from every Smile Cookie sale towards the Butterfly Building Campaign. Recently, they presented the CTC with a donation in the amount of $30,726.

DID YOU KNOW that you can make an impact with a monthly gift?

By giving an affordable monthly amount, you can support the Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation to help ensure that the Centre can continue providing specialized care and therapy to the children in Chatham-Kent..... so that children of all abilities can reach their full potential!

Call: 519-354-0520 x 266 or 519-437-0242

In person or mail to:
Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent
355 Lark St. Chatham, Ontario N7L 5B2

Legal Name: Children’s Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent
Charitable Registration Number: 82482 8354 Rr0001

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