Headed by Nova’s Ark Board of Director member, Heather Hawco-Gray, a group of 12 amazing ladies organized their 2nd Annual “We’re On Our Way” fundraiser in support of Nova’s Ark. Over $14,000 was raised at this sold-out event which took place on Saturday, October 4, 2014. 100% of these funds are designated to help develop and enhance therapeutic programs to assist individuals with special needs at Nova’s Ark.
A huge ♥ thank you ♥ goes out to the many local businesses and caring community members who generously contributed time, products and/or financial donations to make this event a success.
Nova’s Ark is excited to be able to offer weekday programming aimed at our special friends who are no longer in a traditional school setting. Programs run Monday to Thursday during the school year from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For everyone’s busy lifestyles and to maximize flexibility we offer multi-week sessions where families can register from 1 day/week to as many as 4 days/week.
We are proud of our respectful, caring environment where acceptance and understanding are the keys to everyone’s positive experience. While our traditional and non-traditional therapy animals provide the springboard for many up close and personal hands on experiences, the animals are just the beginning of a unique social skills experience. The sensory stimulation and language/communication development successfully occurs through the close bonds with our creative and passionate mentors. Utilizing special education strategies, our mentors support accommodations and modifications to enhance life skills and practical academics through a wide range of daily activities.
A phenomenal group of passionate Nova’s Ark volunteers joined us on Friday, September 19 for our Summer Volunteer Appreciation BBQ. This tradition of coming together after a busy summer is always a great time for all to enjoy each other’s company and share the summer memories. Megan’s famous end of the season slide show is always a highlight to the evening, along with the presentation of certificates and a plaque to congratulate this year’s Top Summer Volunteers: Abbey, Adelaide, Benjamin, Cameron, Christopher, Criss, Dimitri, Emily, Hayley, Jessica, Kaela, Keitha, Larissa, Nicole, Sarah, and Tina.
Special awards were also presented to: Tina for the Excellence Meets Extraordinary Scholarship, and Michelle for the Declan Smyth Volunteer of the Year Award. Congratulations to all of these wonderful young people who truly exemplify what Nova’s Ark is all about.
Yes, it has been an incredible summer! Now, we move on to our Fall/Winter 2014 programs which include the Out of the Box Weekday Sessions, Adventure Sundays and Group Bookings for schools and other organizations. Please see the Programs section of our website for more information on each of these programs.