Last year, our Friendship Walk was held in April on a cold, blustery day. Even the poor weather couldn’t hold us back! With the amazing support from local businesses and the community members who made pledges and walked with us, we were able to raise close to $10,000.00. These funds helped us to extend walkways to create accessibility to all areas of the property including two new interactive animal areas for our Patagonian cavies and guinea pigs – always a favourite with our special guests!
This year, we’ve moved the walk to Saturday, June 20
and we invite you to help us make our
2015 Friendship Walk
even more of a success!
All monies raised at this year’s walk will help us continue our mandate to enhance and expand our programming and facility to allow individuals of all ages and abilities to equally access and enjoy the Nova’s Ark experience.
Please take a moment to watch these highlights from the 2014 Friendship Walk.
(Special thanks to Gord Allan who provided the incredible pictures.)
Our Youth Leadership Program has been running for over 3 years and is offered to volunteers who are in high school and have over 250 volunteer hours at Nova’s Ark.
Last weekend our incredible Youth Leadership Team spent an amazing weekend at Nova’s Ark from Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. until Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m. focusing on learning the importance of self-care.
The volunteers listened attentively on Friday night as Dan Carter, Motivational Speaker, Author, Television Broadcaster and Oshawa’s City Councillor spoke about his personal challenges and family tragedies. His story focused on hope, recovery and personal potential. He complimented our volunteers on being exceptional Youth Leaders and encouraged them to continue giving to their community while taking good care of themselves.
On Saturday, the volunteers participated in other workshops focusing on the importance of sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and mental wellness. In addition they exercised, meditated, worked on art projects, participated in ice-breaker activities, ate healthy foods and learned more about themselves and the importance of being both physically and mentally well.
All of the participants had a wonderful time and look forward to continuing with more activities and training throughout the year.
Some comments and quotes from the participants include:
“Dan Carter was inspiring, genuine, laid back, personal, honest and a is an amazing role model that does amazing things.”
“I learned stress management techniques that will help me to cope. Some stress is good for you.”
“I learned new information about nutrition, facts that will help me make healthier food choices.”
“I had fun exercising.”
“Meditation works! I felt great after.”
“I learned how to read nutrition labels and make healthier food choices,”
“Allison Potts – Yet Theory, really made me think about how I can change my language and apply it in my everyday life; for example, I do not feel comfortable talking in front of others…….yet.”
“I learned I am important.”
SUMMER CAMP 2015
Nova’s Ark offers opportunities for individuals with varied abilities to join our trained and confident youth leaders to explore the many interesting animals and activities located on our ten acre property during our Summer Camps. Each individual is connected with 3 to 5 youth volunteers who become the Circle of Friends which is key in assisting with their program needs. The focus continues to be on social and communication skills through exploration, sensory stimulation and structured interactive activities. These programs provide, key life skills development, physical involvement and respite time with weather appropriate activities.
Nova’s Ark would like to thank the Rexall Foundation for their very generous grant to our Friendship Camp Fund. We are thrilled to announce that, this year, our Friendship Camp Fund is able to offer sixteen (16) individuals a one-week sponsorship to our 2015 Summer Camp and twenty-six (26) individuals two days each of Adventure Sundays.