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Softchoice employee fulfills dream of supporting ErinoakKids

December 18, 2013
Angela Cope, marketing production lead at the technology solutions and services provider Softchoice, has realized her dream of giving back to ErinoakKids.
ErinoakKids provided vital support to her cousin as she was growing up. Through er employer’s philanthropic program Softchoice Cares, Cope has raised more than $35,000 for ErinoakKids.
 
“My cousin was born with cerebral palsy and she received a variety of services from ErinoakKids over the years,” explained Cope. “We’re only a month apart in age and I would go with her to volunteer in many of the programs she attended. Because of everything ErinoakKids has done for my cousin, as well as many other kids with disabilities, I wanted to give back as much as I possibly could.”
 
Led by its employees, Softchoice Cares supports charities that use technology as a tool for education or to create positive change. Charities are chosen based on the recommendations of employees, who then organize fundraising events and activities. Cope nominated ErinoakKids as a recipient charity.

Shelley Kornelson, equipment manager/clinical facilitator of the ErinoakKids Assistive Devices Resource Service program, demonstrates some of the devices used by children who are unable to use spoken language to communicate.
 
The funds raised by Cope during a six-month campaign will support the Assistive Devices Resource Service (ADRS) program at ErinoakKids. ADRS equips children and youth with a variety of disabilities with technology such as communication aids, specialized seating systems, and technical devices that enable them to maintain or improve their physical functioning and communication.
 
“We are deeply grateful to Angela for her enthusiastic support of ErinoakKids and for her hard work in raising these much-needed funds,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO of ErinoakKids. “We also want to express our gratitude to Softchoice for its generous corporate matching and for creating a workplace and giving programs that enable employees to support the communities in which they work and live.”

The entire Assistive Devices Resource Service team at ErinoakKids was on hand today to thank Angela Cope (front centre). Flanking Angela are clinical services supervisor Kirsten Udvari (left), and Chris Hartley, VP of Clinical Services.
 
About ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving more than 13,500 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, blindness/low vision and hearing loss. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. We serve Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services — Waterloo and Wellington. ErinoakKids has approximately 600 staff and 10 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. In 2011 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services approved a redevelopment project to enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current facilities into three larger sites which will be ideally situated for easy access within our catchment area, and 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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ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
P: 905.855.2690 ext. 4301 | C: 416.624.9048
lleake@erinoakkids.ca
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