Blog & Resources

We believe in sharing. On these pages you will find our latest news, resources, achievements, stories and training opportunities.

Highstreet Dazzles with Fashion Show and Donation

Today Nicole Misura our Communication and Development Manager, was invited to Highstreet to meet with staff and executives of Shape Properties and presented with a wonderful donation from the recent Highstreet Fashion Show and Social. We are so very thankful and appreciative for the support shown by Highstreet, sponsors of the event and the audience. We were dazzled with high fashion, appy's, drinks, popcorn and swag bag. Thank you, together we are "Helping Kids Shine". Visit Highstreet for all your shopping needs

Early Learning in the Valley Forum

Social-emotional development provides the foundation for how we feel about ourselves and how we experience others. This foundation begins the day we are born and continues to develop throughout our lifespan. The greatest influence on a child’s social-emotional development is the quality of the relationships that he develops with his primary caregivers. Positive and nurturing early experiences and relationships have a significant impact on a child’s social-emotional development (

The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre has partnered with like minded community organizations who wish to empower our community with knowledge to understand social emotional development in young children and strategies to support, as well as giving caregivers/educators the tools for their own social emotional wellness.

Here are the Forum details and how to register ..... Early Learning in the Valley 2015

Tickets on Sale - HighStreet Fashion & Social

Toilet Training for Everyone

Great resource for families toilet training a child with autism.

Autism Community Training has an updated version of their most popular video - Toilet Training for Everyone - It's Never too Late! Here is the link to the videos


HighStreet Fashion & Social 2015

2 minutes with our Executive Director

Karen McLean has been the Executive Director of FVCDC for over 17 years. Karen has worked closely with the management team to provide organizational stability;  to become a leader in service delivery; to reach more children on their journey through childhood and support their families and surrouding caregivers.

Here is how Karen describes the Fraser Valley Cihld Development Centre - you tube video

Special thanks to all the children and families involved with this project.





Giving Tuesday Canada

FVCDC is excited to join  #GivingTuesdayCa this year. We invite our families and friends to support FVCDC on December 2nd in what we are calling "Be our Family for the Day"! In advance, thank you for your support and for more information about Giving Tuesday Canada, please visit

Small changes, big differences.

Free Triple P Seminars - Abbotsford

Power of Positive Parenting - October 7th - 6:30pm-8:00pm

Raising Confident, Competent Children - October 14th - 6:30pm-8:00pm

Raising Resilient Children - October 21 - 6:30pm-8:00pm

Registration is required. For full details click here

Seeing, Moving, Learning Workshop

Join us for a 2-Day discovery of the integration of vestibular and visual senses.
Presented by Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR.

Physical and Occupational Therapists working with children and youth with developmental disabilities and neuriological challenges (applicable for both EIP and School Aged)

Full workshop details and to register,  pdf attached

Are you faster than a horse?

A couple weeks ago I joined a physical therapy appointment and had such a wonderful experience which I wanted to share. I met a young family whose daughter has been with our organization since birth, and she is now four years old. The physical therapist was working on balance and movement, particularly the gross motor activites of walking and running. Together they had made up a challenge "Are you faster than a...." and arranged the animals according to Elena's priority - cat, chicken, horse, cow and the sheep is the fastest!


Having already been faster than a cat and chicken, today's challenge was to be faster than a horse! Together over the hours appointment we engaged Elena in a varitey of gross motor activities. It is amazing how creative staff are in to encourage movement and activity for each child. In this instance the Physical therapist, hid puzzle pieces in and around the balancing, climbing and stretching. This activity was during the rest period from the real focus of the apointment which was walking and running on the treadmill. Through a series of four opportunties, Elena worked hard to run as fast as a horse. And then Elena showed everyone how she could run faster than a horse.

I know Elana's has had more appointments over the past weeks. I wonder if she can now run as fast as a sheep? I bet she can!


Volunteering Abroad

FVCDC staff volunteering abroad.......

The Gabriel House of Maneadaro is a dichotomy: a place where I have felt so much joy and so much tragedy.  This April, I completed my fourth trip down to this Mexican orphanage for children with special needs.  As a physical therapist with pediatric experience, it has been my delight to be able to share my skills to help meet some of the very basic needs and dreams of these very special children.

Some of the 35 kids at Gabriel House are true orphans, but most of them have either been placed there through Mexican social services, or by parents who are unable to take care of them.  In Mexico, there is no government assistance to help care for kids with disabilities, and all equipment and care needed is received through private, mostly international donations. 

So far, on my 4 trips, I have had two of my OT colleagues join me twice.  We have been able to bring down custom seating and leg braces that were donated by local companies.  We spend our 5 to 7 day long trips occupied with such things as: adapting wheelchairs and seats with ‘cannabilised‘ parts; fitting, adapting, or making braces such as AFO's (ankle foot orthotics) or wrist splints; assisting and giving suggestions to the caregivers on feeding the kids; assessing and adapting walkers and standing frames; and teaching the caregivers about positioning and exercises.

One of the kids by the name of Johanna (pseudonym) is a 10 year old girl with severe brain damage and stunted growth.  She is the size of a typical three year old.  When we first arrived, a year and a half ago, she wasn't able to face forwards in her seat as she has such a severe kyphosis (curvature of the spine) that she had to sleep on her side or face sideways in her stroller.  At the time, we fashioned a foam seat for her, facing her forwards, and had the pleasure of watching her as she stared at a painting on the wall that she was able to see for the first time!  Last November, she was measured for a new seat and I was able to deliver and fit it for her this last trip.  Now, instead of the two hours she could tolerate in the foam chair, she is content for over 4 hours.

I invite you to consider partnering with me, perhaps joining in on one of the trips, donating towards a trip for someone else to go, or donating supplies.  Visit the GH website and find other ways of showing your support.


The Danes will be here soon

As we await the arrivial of two new students from Denmark, we reflect on the previous students, Jane and Louise, who filled our building with laughter, energy, and wonderfulness. Here's what they said in January 2014.

"Studying abroad turned out to be the best time of our life. A big thanks to all you lovely people at FVCDC who have been a part of our Canadian journey, we have learned many new things both educationally and personally. Words can't describe how our last seven months have been. Both of us are in love with Canada and we are grateful that we had an opporutnity to be students at FVCDC."

We hope you are doing well, Jane and Louise!


2014 Berry Beat Festival

We were so thrilled to be invited and involved with Abbotsford Berry Beat Festival July 5th & 6th. The festival was a hustling and bustling place, with the opportunity to see many familar faces but also meet many new ones too.

Kindly the Abbotsford Downtown Business Association and the Project Climbing Wall were set up and by donation to FVCDC kids could climb the 24ft wall. The wall had a constant line up and thanks to everyones generosity we received $1,300 in donations. THANK YOU.

The Jelly Bean Jar and Prize Wheel were also a big hit at our booth. Thank you to all that stopped by. Together we are "Helping Kids Shine"!


p.s - there were 1,232 jelly beans in the jar!


Family Picnic Fun!

It has been almost a month since our last blog entry and wow we have been busy!

We held our 1st Annual Family and Friends Picnic on June 27th at Mill Lake, Abbotsford and it was fabulous. We had over 140 attend and despite the rain, everyone enjoyed some mini golf, balloon twisting, face painting, trying some adapted bicycles, and a bbq lunch with special thanks to Lions Club of Abbotsford.

A big THANK YOU to our staff and volunteers for all your time and participation at the event.


FVCDC Family & Friends Picnic

Follow this link for all the details.