IMPORTANT UPDATE

Dear GACSN participants, parents, caregivers and volunteers,

First, I hope you are all well as we continue to deal with Covid-19. I wanted to let you know that we are working on how we can offer a safe program for everyone. At this time, while the City of Ottawa is starting to open its recreational facilities they are not renting rooms at this time. For that reason our program will not be starting in September.

I am sure this will be disappointing, however keeping everyone safe and healthy is our priority. Until we can be together again, we are thinking of other ways we offer something. If you have any ideas or suggestions please let me know. As things change and we get information from the city I will send out updates.

Until then, I hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Regards,

Robert Pangborn
President Gloucester Association for Children with Special Needs

Jessica Chikwanha

GACSN- COVID-19 update

Dear parents, caregivers and volunteers ,

First, I hope you are all well and safe. We continue to stay home with Bob Macquarrie being closed. Right now, expect this will continue until May 30th which would be our last session. I know this must be disappointing for many, I know Dylan asks every week about Bob Macquarrie. I have the greatest hope that we will all be able to meet each other again in September. I hope everyone – you the participant our dedicated volunteers and of course parents and caregivers will come back in September. Normally at the end of year pot luck I would thank everyone for being part of our year and this year I have to do this through this letter. I would also wish everyone a safe and fun summer and I’ll do that too, it may just look different to what we normally have. But most of all, I do look forward to September when we can all return to GACSN on Saturdays and have some fun.

Regards

Robert Pangborn
President

*Attached is a letter for participants from the GACSN Coordinators and staff. We hope this helps!*

Take care,

Jessica Chikwanha

GACSN Letter to participants.pdf

Bob MacQuarrie Closure

Dear participants, parents, caregivers, volunteers and staff.

You may have heard by now that the City of Ottawa is closing all its recreational facilities until April 5th. This will impact our GACSN program. There is no program already planned 3/14 and 3/21 because of March break. Because Bob MacQuarrie will be closed there will be no program 3/28 and 4/4. The following week 4/11 there is no planned program due to Easter. Depending on the city, we expect we will start program again on 4/18. ​

I know this will be a disruption for our participants however, the closure is needed for public health. I hope everyone remains healthy and safe until we can all meet again for GASCN. If anyone has any concerns or questions, please contact me. ​

Sincerely,​

Robert Pangborn​
robert.pangborn@gacsn.org

GACSN- March 7th

Good morning everyone,

Our theme this week is Glow in the Dark! We invite everyone to wear to dress on theme by wearing neon colours or glow in the dark clothes. Glow sticks will be provided but if you’d like to bring in some of your own, you’re welcome to do so.

Our afternoon will include : making a “Neon Glow Wind Chime”, Glow stick Tic-Tac-Toe, Glow-in-the-dark Ring Toss, Glow- Hot- Potato, “Glow Bottle” (sensory activity), a Glow Dance Party, and swimming.

Please ensure to pack a nut-free snack , swimming attire and a towel.

Hope to see you all then !

Jessica Chikwanha

GACSN- Feb 28th

Hello Everyone,

It’s Retro Disco at GACSN ! In honour of this week’s theme, we invite everyone to retro themed outfits or tie dye.

Our schedule for program is: making tie-dye peace signs, “ Junk in the trunk“ (game), Bracelet making, musical chairs and swimming.

Please pack a nut-free snack and all swimming essentials.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Jessica Chikwanha

GACSN- Feb 22

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful family day long weekend!
We are back at the Bob MacQuarrie Cenre this Saturday for Astronaut Space Adventure.
Our afternoon will schedule will include: making Out -of-this –World friends, playing “Alien invasion“ , Dancing Planets (science experiment), Moon sand (sensory activity),solar system (sensory activity) and swimming.

Please ensure to pack a nut-free snack, as well as all swimming attire.

* We invite you all to dress on theme, and if anyone has any paper towels or toilet paper rolls, we would appreciate if you could bring them in*

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Jessica Chikwanha

Program Coordinator

GACSN- Feb 8th

Hello Everyone,

We are celebrating Valentines at GACSN ! In honour of this, we invite everyone to dress in hearts, pink and/or red .

Our afternoon activities will include : making a heart shaped monkey, Cupids Arrow Toss, Valentine Bingo, a Dance Party and swimming.

Please remember to pack all swimming attire and a nut-free snack.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Jessica Chikwanha
Program Coordinator

GACSN- Feb 1s

Hello Everyone,

This week we have out outing to the Museum of Science and Technology! The Museum is located at 1867 St. Laurent Blvd.

Drop off should be at the Museums front entrance at 12:15pm and pick up for 3pm.
*Staff and volunteers are to arrive at noon, to help transition participants *

We ask all participants to wear their white GACSN outing shirt and to pack a nut-free snack.

Please take a moment to RSVP to this event or let us know you if you can’t making it .

Hope to see you there!

Thanks in advance,

Jessica Chikwanha
Program Coordinator

GACSN- Jan

Hello Everyone,

This Saturday’s theme is Super Hero Day. Our afternoon activities will include : making Popsicle Stick Superhero’s, Superhero Bean bag Toss, Super Hero Hop, Mix-and-Match Super Heroes and swimming.

Please ensure to pack all swimming essentials and a nut-free snack .

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Take care,

Jessica Chikwanha
Program Coordinator