Dear Overnight Parents, At our townhall meeting I said I’d wait for mid July to decide on overnight retreat. I truly held onto a shred of hope that since we only take up a small number of campers and since we aren’t really an overnight camp, we’d find some creative way to make it happen in some shape or form. We toyed with the idea of a shorter trip, less kids, lots of restrictions. We spoke to family camps that opened and then it hit us. Overnight is just not meant to be. I don’t want an overnight where I have to worry about who could hand a kid an oar at boating.I didn’t see ourselves limiting who is allowed to attend based on diagnoses or the status of their respiratory system. I [...]
CAMP UPDATE: June 8, 2020 | A Message from Dr. Jeremy Friedman MB.ChB FRCP, SickKids Dear Camp 18, Thank you for reaching out and thank you for the work that you and your colleagues are doing. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a once in a lifetime event for all of us in healthcare, and knowledge has evolved rapidly in the 5 months since we first became aware of its existence. Guidance has, and will continue to change as this knowledge continues to evolve. We expect that this pandemic will not disappear in the near future. One should not look at the changing guidance over time as a reason for mistrust, but rather a recognition of open-mindedness in responding to the latest knowledge and science. At Sickkids a group of us have been approached [...]
May 5, 2020 Temima Cohen, M.S.W., R.S.W. KCC Social Worker ---- So much has changed in our lives since the COVID-19 global pandemic began. Life is not the same. An increased threat to our physical well-being, our children homeschooling while many of us try to work from home, financial loss, and not being able to socially connect with friends and family are taking a tremendous toll on all of us. So much change to our daily lives can bring on added stress and wreak havoc on our mental state. I am stressed. I am feeling overwhelmed. I am sad. These are normal feelings that we all experience at some time, but are magnified during times of uncertainty and change. Now is a perfect time to take a moment and reflect on our mental [...]
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March 31, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis has been the single greatest challenge Kayla's Children Centre has ever faced in serving children with special needs and who are medically fragile. The complete removal of, or lack of access to KCC’s services would have been detrimental to many families. Fortunately, the organization has been deemed an essential workplace and can continue to operate under legislated exemptions to support families and help mitigate risk, setbacks and loss of skills as a result of the school and therapy clinic closure. Most students continue to learn and receive therapy virtually, through Google Classrooms, Zoom lessons, and telehealth sessions. There are some who are not able to be engaged virtually and who need personal support. What sets KCC apart from other organizations deemed essential workplaces that serve persons with [...]
UPDATE: June 1, 2020 At our townhall meeting I said I’d wait for mid July to decide on overnight retreat. I truly held onto a shred of hope that since we only take up a small number of campers and since we aren’t really an overnight camp, we’d find some creative way to make it happen in some shape or form. We toyed with the idea of a shorter trip, less kids, lots of restrictions. We spoke to family camps that opened and then it hit us. Click here to read the full letter. UPDATE: June 8, 2020 Ever since our announcement last week about Summer Camp opening, our parents have been faced with making difficult decisions. Misinformation and click-bait articles on social media made deciding even harder for them. We [...]