Since 1982, The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre (FVCDC) has provided services to enhance the quality of life for children with developmental needs. FVCDC is operated by the non-profit Fraser Valley Child Development (1982) Society and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The Executive Director and staff are paid professionals. The majority of funding is provided by the provincial government. The FVCDC Foundation also accepts private donations and raises funds through community events. Most services to clients are provided free of charge.
The goal of the FVCDC is to give all children the opportunity to be the best they can be. It provides a wide range of services to children whose development is delayed or who are at risk. The child may be experiencing difficulty with physical movement, reasoning or problem solving tasks, or emotional issues. Although many children do not have a formal diagnosis when they contact FVCDC, most children have either specific or global developmental delays or disabilities.
A team of more than 105 professionals provide therapy, education and support to 2,300 children, their families and communities at any given time. Services are provided at facilities in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, and Hope, at schools, in client homes, and in the community, serving families in those centres, as well as Boston Bar, Agassiz, and Harrison.
FVCDC services include:
- assessment and individualized goal setting and planning
- family education and support
- education and consultation with other professionals and care givers
- physical therapy
- assistance with wheelchairs, walkers, and lifts
- adaptive devices to support independence like pencil grips
- speech and language therapy
- therapy to develop skills for daily living including self-care and social skills (occupational therapy)
- social and emotional coaching
- parenting skills training
- supported recreational opportunities
gives children with developmental issues the skills to excel;
helps families better understand and support their child's health and development; and,
helps create communities that embrace and include everyone, regardless of their abilities.
Board of Directors
We are proud to introduce to you our Board of Directors.
Brian Gaudet, Chair
Vernie Greenhalgh, Vice-Chair
Brian Gaudet, Treasurer
Dianne Livesey, Director
George Duft, Director
Ben Besler, Director
Andrea Senft, Director
Brian Siborne, Director
Peter Fast, Director
Arlene Johnston, Director
Trevor Ming, Director
Cristen Gleeson, Director