Westminster Savings Funds Cerebral Palsy Association Youth Mobility Programs

New Westminster, BC, March 4, 2015 - Two innovative programs encouraging youth with cerebral palsy to enjoy artistic and physical expression have received a $5,000 grant from the Westminster Savings Foundation.

The grant is being used for the Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C.'s Dance Without Limits and Adaptive Yoga programs, which provide opportunities for children with cerebral palsy to participate in beneficial group movement activities.

Dance Without Limits assists children with disabilities in challenging their mobility and expressing themselves through the art of dance, while supported by therapists, volunteers, and instructors. The program helps improve gross motor skills, general health, increase flexibility and grow confidence and social skills.

"The Dance Without Limits program provides an opportunity for children to enter a world of music, movement, fun, peer interaction, and learning that everyone can dance in his or her own unique way," says Feri Dehdar, Executive Director, Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. "There are 6,200 children living with Cerebral Palsy in B.C., and with the support of Westminster Savings, we hope to offer the dance program throughout the province."

The Adaptive Yoga Therapy program provides youth aged 13-24 with physical disabilities the opportunity to explore yoga in a warm, non-competitive and supportive environment. The yoga therapy teacher adapts poses to the individual needs, helping participants increase flexibility, balance, coordination and strength. As a movement disorder, cerebral palsy affects all these areas.

"We are proud to support the Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C. and their Dance Without Limits and Adaptive Yoga programs," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. "We are committed to supporting projects and programs that provide access to arts and active living opportunities for individuals in our community. We believe that everyone should be able to experience the fun and personal enrichment that activities like dance can bring, including those who might face financial, emotional or physical barriers."

Westminster Savings is supporting the Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C.'s programs as part of Project Better Balance, its community investment program to help individuals and families achieve better balance in their lives by providing greater access for participation in the arts and active living.

About the Westminster Savings Foundation

With $8.7 million in assets, Westminster Savings Foundation is one of the largest credit union foundations in Canada. It has contributed to more than $2.6 million in financial support to local organizations since its incorporation in 1993. The foundation receives all of its capital from Westminster Savings Credit Union and income earned on this capital helps fund donations to a variety of charitable organizations in our communities each year. For more information about Westminster Savings Foundation, visit www.wscu.com/community.

About Westminster Savings

Established 70 years ago, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, and wealth management solutions to its members across metropolitan Vancouver. Westminster Savings offers a wide range of online and mobile banking services, access to global ATM networks and extended banking service through its contact centre located in New Westminster. Through its wholly owned leasing subsidiaries, Westminster Savings also provides auto, equipment, and fleet leasing solutions to its customers across the country.

For more information

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings
ctucker@wscu.com
604-519-4210

 

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