On Friday, September 16, Nova’s Ark celebrated the successful completion of our 2016 Summer Camps with a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and Award Ceremony to recognize and thank our amazing Summer Camp Volunteers!
We had so many enthusiastic volunteers join us for an evening of food, fun, and friendship. All of our Summer Camp Volunteers received a Certificate of Achievement and 20 were recognized for their extra-special participation. In addition, each year, one volunteer is selected who epitomizes the values and philosophy of Nova’s Ark to receive the Declan Smyth Volunteer of the Year Award. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Dimitri V.
A huge ♥ Thank You ♥ goes out to all of the volunteers who assisted with our 2016 Summer Camps.
Nova’s Ark is excited to be able to offerOut of the Box, a weekday program aimed at providing our special friends of varied abilities a unique and personalized educational setting. We are very proud of our respectful, caring environment where acceptance and understanding are the keys to everyone’s positive experience.
Such an amazing turnout on Saturday, June 18 for our 2016 Friendship Walk. How wonderful to see such happy faces on friends, both old and new, as everyone gathered to enjoy a day of family and fun in support of Nova’s Ark. Our walker with the most pledges was Trey B. who won a 3 hr Saturday visit at Nova’s Ark for 10 people. To all those who gave pledges and walked with us – you have truly made a difference!
Our official count on the day of the Walk was $21,490.20, which included a generous donation from Insurance Brokers of Durham Region Incorporated…but our number kept rising! So after tallying several pledges that came in after the Walk, and receiving an AMAZING donation from Dave Mercer’s Casting for a Cure: 2016 Angler/New Angler Tournament, we are thrilled to announce that our our new total is: $43,964.57!!!!!
We are overwhelmed with the support from our community, and so grateful to each and every person who has contributed to the success of this fundraiser in whatever way they felt possible. Thank you!
We’d like to recognize and thank former paralympic medal winner and well known radio broadcaster Rob Snoek, for sharing in our day as MC extraordinaire and for joining us on the 3K route along with Google and the rest of our walkers. As well, we so appreciate the support of Celina Caesar-Chavannes (MP-Whitby), Lorne Coe (MPP-Whitby/Oshawa), our Town of Whitby Mayor, Don Mitchell, and Town of Whitby Council members, Derrick Gleed, Elizabeth Roy and Rhonda Mulcahy, who supported us on this lovely, event filled day.
…to the very talented musicians of Workin’ Dawgs, who have performed at our Walk each year…your music is amazing!
…to the owners/staff of Starr Burger, who also join us every year to provide our guests with a delicious BBQ served with a great big smile!
…to the many corporate supporters who have been with us from the very beginning and to the new supporters who have come on board for 2016.
Of course we can’t forget the AMAZING Nova’s Ark Volunteer Force… the tremendous adult and youth volunteers who set-up/tore down, answered questions, shared stories, handled registrations, worked with the animals, baked goods, and ran the sales and craft tables. We couldn’t do it without you!
This was our 6th very successful Friendship Walk and we plan to continue the tradition in June of 2017. So until next time…please take a moment to enjoy these highlights from this very wonderful event!
Photos courtesy of: Ken Brooks Photography
Thank you for believing and making such a huge impact for all involved
at Nova’s Ark!