(Mississauga ON) – Six volunteers from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) put their creative skills to work today as they made decorations for the ErinoakKids float entry in Sunday’s Mississauga Santa Claus Parade. The 37-foot float will sparkle with a theme of “Christmas Candyland” and carry more than 30 people, including ErinoakKids clients and their families, volunteers, and staff.
The ErinoakKids float is the only fully accessible entry in the parade. It includes a ramp, removable seats to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, and bench seating that allows for the use of customized car seats. The onboard generator powers everything on the float, including heating blankets for children with fragile conditions.
The float was built many years ago by local farmer Ian Break, a long-time ErinoakKids volunteer. He stores the float at his farm and every year tows it in the parade behind his classic red Farmall tractor.
“Our float is a rolling tribute to the loyal support of our community as well as a great example of the spirit of ErinoakKids,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO of ErinoakKids. “We look forward to the parade each year are so thankful to the many volunteers and supporters who make it possible for children with disabilities to participate in this special experience.”
The parade starts at 1 p.m. from Queen Street and Britannia Road in Streetsville and proceeds south on Queen Street to Old Station Road.
About ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest Children’s Treatment Centre, serving more than 14,500 children and youth annually who have a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, as well as children who are blind and/or deaf. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. Serving Halton, Peel, and Dufferin, ErinoakKids has approximately 650 staff and 11 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. In 2011 the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services approved our redevelopment project to enable ErinoakKids to consolidate and replace our existing patchwork of leased and largely inaccessible facilities into three larger sites which will be ideally situated for easy access within our catchment area. These new facilities will more than double our treatment space and are being designed specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs. The new facilities are expected to open in 2017. For more information about ErinoakKids please visit www.ErinoakKids.ca
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