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Families and children benefit from hydrotherapy pool grant via Project Better Balance

New Westminster, BC, May 13, 2013 – The Centre for Child Development is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings). The funds support The Centre’s indoor hydrotherapy pool at 9460 140th Street in Surrey, which is the only pool of its kind with ceiling track slings and a chair lift entry south of the Fraser River.

Through its community investment program, Project Better Balance, Westminster Savings supports programs and events which encourage physical activity or participation in the arts and remove barriers to participation. The $20,000 grant provided to The Centre for Child Development via Project Better Balance will allow The Centre to provide more than 2,400 service sessions for children with mobility issues and their families. This provides the opportunity to swim in a safe environment that sometimes cannot be provided at a community facility, while also providing important physiotherapy benefits. The Recreation Therapy program, in a pool heated to 92 degrees, is designed to help children with disabilities develop and integrate gross motor skills, independence and communication skills while having the opportunity to participate in sports and activities with other children.

“The Centre for Child Development is grateful for this generous contribution by Westminster Savings. For the families in our community that use our pool, they will continue to enjoy and participate in a unique hydrotherapy program that supports the ongoing development of children with disabilities in our community,” says Tony Miles, Board Chair, Child Development Foundation of British Columbia. “We have enjoyed a long standing relationship with Westminster Savings and we appreciate them choosing to support this unique program.”

“Westminster Savings has been an integral and long term partner in helping to bring balance to the Surrey community. We are committed to increasing access to active living and the arts in our communities, and we are exceptionally pleased to help The Centre for Child Development provide thousands of hydrotherapy sessions at the pool,” says Nicole Eich, Community Investment Manager, Westminster Savings. “This program provides a wonderful opportunity to help kids reach their full potential and for families who might not otherwise be able to swim together at a community recreation facility.”

About Westminster Savings

Headquartered in New Westminster, Westminster Savings Credit Union provides a full range of retail, commercial and wealth management services, plus vehicle and equipment leasing services through its wholly-owned subsidiaries WS Leasing Ltd. and Mercado Capital Corporation. Its 400 employees serve 60,000 members and customers with $2.7 billion in assets under management from a network of 12 retail branches across metro Vancouver and leasing offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

About The Centre for Child Development

The Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland has been providing services for children with special needs and their families for 60 years. The Centre provides specialized pediatric medical rehabilitation services and supports to 2,000 children with special needs and their families in Delta, Surrey, Langley, and White Rock. Services offered include communication therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology services, recreation therapy, integrated preschools, a developmental medicine, family services, key workers, supported child development, medical referrals and assessments and Sophie’s Place child advocacy centre, the first of its kind in British Columbia.

For more information, please contact:

Gerard Bremault, MSW, RSW
Chief Executive Officer, The Centre for Child Development, Child Development Foundation of BC and Sophie’s Place
Tel: 604-587-4271

Nicole Eich
Community Investment Manager, Westminster Savings Credit Union
Tel: 604-528-3824