The BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities
Our Impact Why We Exist
Our mission is to enrich the lives of children in BC & the Yukon by giving children abilities by not only providing services and facilities, but also challenging and supporting young hearts and minds. Giving children with disabilities, self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of independence is what our community is all about.
Our Story What We Do
Since 1952 the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities has been providing services to help kids grow as individuals and discover their abilities. By running Easter Seals House in Vancouver and three specialized, fully accessible camps in Shawnigan, Squamish and Winfield, we offer children with disabilities the opportunity to challenge themselves while being surrounded by people who both understand and can support their individual needs. The camps are an essential part of the campers' socialization for the year, as the friends they make at camp turn into lifelong friendships. Easter Seals House keeps family and loved ones close, acting as a home away from home as a child undergoes medical treatment.
Our Programs How We Do It
At Easter Seals Camps, it is our goal to provide safe, fun activities in an environment where the focus is on abilities, not disabilities. All of our camp activities are designed to build confidence, independence and peer interaction in a recreational environment. Campers are encouraged and supported to participate in activities they may never have tried before including: climbing on our climbing wall, tie-dying, water polo, canoeing, wheelchair basketball, water balloon wars, going on the big swing, tackling the low ropes course, getting gooed in kangaroo kourt, and participating in leadership activities. Our camps offer something for every abilty. All BC children 6-18 years old, with a physical and/or cognitive disability are eligible to attend camp.
The Easter Seals House in Vancouver is a home away from home for families all over BC who need to travel to the Lower Mainland for their child's medical care. With BC Children's Hospital within walking distance of the Easter Seals House, families can easily access the best medical care in the province. The house provides over 30,000 bedstays every year for as little as $20 per night. Guests have their own personal suite, complete with a kitchenette, private bathroom, comfortable beds and a TV and DVD player. Along with the 49 suites, the house also has two common rooms, a playroom, laundry rooms, and free, secure underground parking. Families who stay at the house know they have a safe, affordable and supportive place to stay so that they can focus on the only thing that matters - getting their child better. Easter Seals House is open 24/7, 365 days a year and is the ‘house for everyone’, welcoming children with disabilities, transplants, cancer, down syndrome, autism, kidney disease, terminal illness, medical emergencies and all other illnesses.
What You Can Do
All donations will go towards subsidizing fees for Easter Seals families. It costs $2,400 to send one child to camp for a week. We only charge families a $500 fee and subsidize the other $1,900. Sending over 700 kids each summer, this adds up quickly. Your donation can help us send a child from the South Okanagan region to one of our camps this summer for the best week of their lives.
You can also help families from the South Okanagan who need to come stay at Easter Seals House for their child's medical care. On average we have over 1,300 bedstays from this region alone each year and by charging as little as $20 per night, the society is responsible for subsidizing the rest of the cost, along with maintaining the house so it is ready for the next family who walks through our doors.