FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
– Camp is a quintessential Canadian experience, and The Winnipeg Foundation is helping to make it available to people living with aphasia.
For the first time, a very generous grant of $10,250 from The Winnipeg Foundation is supporting March of Dimes Canada’s Manitoba Aphasia Camp and the people who enjoy it each year.
‘Aphasia is a communicative disorder that presents unique challenges,’ explains Anupam Sharma, March of Dimes Canada’s Manager of Regional Development in Manitoba. ‘Our Aphasia Camp is a place where everyone understands that, where there are lots of other people who are experiencing the same thing.’
‘The person with aphasia is likely to feel very alone, at some point in their recovery. This camp offers a relaxing opportunity for people to engage in outdoor and indoor activities that might otherwise be unavailable to them,’ says Allison Baird of Speechworks. “Real life communication goals are developed and worked on with the support of knowledgeable clinicians and volunteers.”
‘As a volunteer and caregiver, it warmed my heart to see people who were living with aphasia, experience a sense of belonging and the opportunity to build lasting friendships,’ adds Darlene Oldcorn.
The grant will help make sure that people living with aphasia have access to a fun, supportive, aphasia-friendly camp experience that provides information, resources, and interaction with peers.
‘March of Dimes Canada supports 75,000 Canadians with disabilities every year,’ Sharma adds. ‘And we do it with the help of wonderful community partners like The Winnipeg Foundation.’
For more information on March of Dimes Canada, and the Manitoba Aphasia Camp, please visit marchofdimes.ca
For more information on The Winnipeg Foundation, please visit wpgfdn.org
FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:
Tina Siegel, PR and Media Coordinator
March of Dimes Canada
Office: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7258