JULY 2021
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Brought to you by the Children's Treatment Centre and Foundation of Chatham-Kent, you’ll find that it is filled with educational information,news, stories and events. We want this newsletter to be valuable for you so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve.

The Children's Treatment Centre and the Foundation's 2020-2021 Annual Report is now available to view online. CLICK HERE for the report.

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent strives to reach our vision of amazing kids today, enriching our community tomorrow and we mourn the chance not given to the thousands of children found buried at residential schools across Canada.

The CTC-CK acknowledges our history and reflects on the country we want for all of our children. We are always working on building cultural understanding and awareness and will continue to create a path towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples (settlers).

Kids Help Phone has created a great resource on how you can get involved in reconciliation. Please visit the Kids Help Phone website to access
12 Ways to Participate in Reconciliation. The CTC-CK will continue to learn, understand, and do better.
The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham- Kent recently held a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for clients and their siblings aged 12-17 years of age and 18-21 years of age.

Families appreciated coming to a safe space that they knew and trusted and CTC-CK staff loved the opportunity to support the health and safety of our clients and families.
The CTC-CK will be hosting another vaccination clinic in partnership with Chatham-Kent Public Health on Thursday, July 29th from 4:00pm- 6:00pm. The clinic will be offering 1st and 2nd doses of the vaccine (please note that 2nd doses must be at least 28 days after the 1st dose).

We hope that a familiar and welcoming environment will make the vaccine process easier for you and your family. Vaccines will be available in the best room to meet your child or youth’s needs. Clients with difficulties making transitions can stay in the same room for their vaccine and their 15-minute waiting period. CTC staff will be welcoming clients and families and will be available to assist clients and families if needed.

To book an appointment, please contact the CTC-CK at 519-354-0520 ext. 0.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit

For resources to help prepare for your vaccine and a social story of the vaccination process, please visit the CTC-CK website under Resources for Families.

For multilingual resources regarding the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CK LIP COVID-19 Webpage

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

Job Jedi’s

Over the past month a group of teens have been working hard to reclaim the back garden from an overabundance of overgrowth!  With staff support our “Job Jedis” have been weeding, pruning, raking, planting, watering, hauling… and working up a sweat!  Enthusiasm has grown as the garden has taken shape.  In addition to visual appeal, cleaning up the garden has improved the safety of our summer programming by eliminating dangerous thorns and improving sight lines. 

There’s a little more work to be done, but here’s a sneak peek of the progress so far ahead of the final reveal: 

Who’s In The Neighbourhood

This group is part of the CTC-CK’s Life Link’s program and provides an exclusive behind the scenes look at professions across Chatham-Kent. Each week, participants get a virtual tour of different workplaces and an opportunity to ask any job-related questions directly to the presenters. We have been lucky enough to have many companies/ organizations join us such as the Real Canadian Superstore, Pet and Wildlife Rescue, and Bowl of Cream! 

Rad Riders

The School Based Rehab Services Team recently held a Rad Riders bike camp! The Rad Riders bike camp was created to help clients gain awareness and become safer cyclists in the community. Each client in the group excelled in learning hand signals, signs, and the rules of cycling. As an added bonus, our clients gained huge improvements in their cycling skills, confidence, and social interaction with other group members. We can’t wait to run this group again!

Meet our FASD Coordinator at CTC-CK!

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) program at the CTC-CK values a variety of family dynamics, as such we take special care to support the role of caregivers, adoptive and kinship families. 
We recognize that each child is unique and take into consideration Indigenous, and non-Indigenous families parenting Indigenous children and youth with or suspected of FASD, to help connect the child to their culture while respecting traditional values. The FASD program’s framework is designed with understanding, patience, and compassion at its core.

“Our journey begins by making connections.”
– Esther Trapp, FASD Coordinator
The FASD Program at CTC-CK provides:
  • Families with an opportunity to self-refer. Referrals do not need to come through a doctor or community agency
  • A family-centered support program for children and youth suspected of, or diagnosed with FASD
  • Consultation, expertise, and support for children/youth, families, and community partners
  • System navigation for individuals with FASD or suspected of FASD
  • Accessing supports/community services (mental health, education, funding, assessment, diagnosis, Indigenous services, early years, youth transition, etc.)
  • Building caregiver capacity
  • Creating collaboration amongst home and school teams to promote communication and consistency
  • Community capacity building, sharing knowledge, training, resources and awareness
  • Connecting families to others with lived experience
Did you Know?
  • FASD Prevalence rates are 4% in Canada. That is 2.5x more than ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • FASD is a neurocognitive disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure
  • FASD is a lifelong condition and often an invisible disability
  • FASD is an organic brain injury, not a behavioural problem
  • FASD is the leading cause of developmental disabilities in Canada
  • FASD is a “consistent pattern of inconsistencies” (as noted by caregivers, school teams, and medical professionals)
If you are looking for more information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or would like to complete a referral, please contact our FASD Coordinator, 519-354-0520 ext. 0 or

Parent's Night Out

We recently held an in-person Parent’s Night Out program in the CTC-CK parking lot! Parents were invited to a Latin and Pop inspired dance fitness class to get moving and lost in the music. It provided parents and caregivers a chance to connect with other caregivers of the CTC and enjoy themselves in an upbeat and fun class!

To connect with other parents and learn about future Parent’s Night Out programs, join the
CTC-CK Connects Facebook group. Must be a parent of a client of the CTC and have a Facebook account.

Not interested in joining CTC-CK Connects but still interested in hearing about parent supports? Contact the Family Engagement Coordinator, Rachel Guerin, at or 519-354-0520 ext. 292.

Friends of the CTC-CK

The Children’s Treatment Centre has partnered with the CK Public Library to bring you “Friends of the CTC-CK,” an online portal to accessing inclusive and child-friendly stories about children with disabilities! Books, play kits, or audiobooks will be added monthly. Check out our recommended list HERE.
If you’ve read any great books from the library that could be added to our list, let us know! We will be happy to include them in the collection. If you have any trouble or need help getting a library card, contact our Family Engagement Coordinator at

School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS)

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent (CTC-CK) provides School Based Rehabilitation Services (SBRS) in publicly funded Chatham-Kent schools. This includes the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB), St. Clair Catholic District School Board (SCCDSB) and Conseil scolaire catholique Providence.

Check out our
website or flyer for additional information. For more information, contact the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, School Based Rehabilitation Services:
• Intake: Marnie Ball, or 519-354-0520 ext. 243
• Service Manager: Amelia Morrison, or 519-354-0520 ext. 262

The provincial government’s goal is to best serve children, youth, and families throughout Ontario by offering the opportunity to Purchase Services based on their individual needs and goals. At this time, you can purchase occupational therapy and speech language pathology services.

Check out our
website or flyer for additional information. For more information please call: Marnie Ball at 519-354-0520 ext. 243


The Centre has completed more planning for our new building to be located on McNaughton Ave. West.  We are working with the province to best plan a facility to meet the needs of all of our families in Chatham-Kent. We will continue to keep you updated on our progress!

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent is accredited and participates in an accreditation cycle with Accreditation Canada. Our goal is to ensure that we have high quality and safety standards, and Accreditation Canada helps us reach our goals.

We have an upcoming accreditation survey from November 24th to the 26th, 2021. We may be asking families and community agencies to participate in feedback sessions as part of the Accreditation Canada process and we value your participation and input.  

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

THANK YOU! Mother's Day Campaign Raises $10,135 for the Foundation!
In April of 2021, the Children's Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent launched their special Mother's Day Campaign.

One in every 5 local children benefit from therapy of some kind from the CTC-CK, including Bentley. COVID-19 has proven to be challenging, even more so with having a child at home with specialized needs. It is critical that our kids continue to receive assessment and treatment and the best care possible when they need it most. Your support means families continue to receive connection, comfort and support by accessing these services.

Your donation has made a positive change to the lives of our children. 

Festival of Giving - July 10, 2021 
Raises $151,500 for the Children's Treatment Centre

The Festival of Giving was held on July 10, 2021 virtually with the theme of “Good Times and Tan Lines”. The annual fundraiser, which raises important funds needed for the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, collected $151,500 Saturday night.

The Centre’s biggest fundraisier typically attracts more than 1,000 guests with a different theme each year. This year, the event sold over 600 tickets and invited guests to stay in their own bubble and watch the virtual event from the comfort of their own home. Each guest received a party bag with vouchers for food, drinks and a chance to win a 1996 BMW Z3 Roadster. It was won by Tony M of Wallaceburg.

The evening was hosted by Co-Chairs Chris McLeod and Tim Regan, with Greg Hetherington as auctioneer for the Live auction during the event and Matt Tape behind the scenes producing the virtual event.

“Thank you to our sponsors, virtual guests and volunteers for making this a successful event and raising important funds that we need for our kids.” says Mike Genge, Foundation President “The funds raised will go towards providing quality therapy and programming to children with special needs in our community.”

The virtual show included special appearances from past Festival of Giving Chairs as well as recorded performances by local band Face 4 Radio.

Mark Your Calendars! Festival of Golf Returns
September 10, 2021!!

The Children's Treatment Centre Foundation of Chatham-Kent is excited to announce the date for Festival of Golf 2021!

On Friday, September 10th get ready for 18 holes 
with unique and exciting events at every hole. There will also be entertainment, food, prizes and more. Theme announcement and event details coming soon - so stay tuned!

Location: Willowridge Golf and Country Club, Blenheim, ON
When: Friday September 10th 2021
Cost: $750.00 per ticket

For more information, please contact

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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