May 11, 2017
Reach Society Awarded United Against Bullying Grant
(May 11, 2017) Teresa Lynne and Mike Bismeyer from SEON, Safe Fleet, visited Reach Child and Youth Development Society with a $1000 grant from their United Against Bullying initiative (UAB). A total of $50,000 was distributed to organizations in North America this year from UAB, the national social campaign of Safe Fleet, provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, and its subsidiaries.
Mike recounted how he and two others spearheaded the Anti-Bullying Campaign at SEON in 2013 after Amanda Todd’s cyber-bullying induced suicide. The Safe Fleet family of companies UAB program envisions safe and respectful environments for children and adults.
“Our United Against Bullying initiative is truly allowing us to make a difference and network with community heroes like the Reach Child and Youth Development Society,” said Mike Bismeyer, Seon Manager. “Their efforts to educate with inclusiveness and compassion are a perfect match with our belief that ‘Kindness is Cool’.”
The UAB funds will help Reach Child and Youth Development Society complete the playground at their new children’s development centre currently under construction in Ladner. The nature themed playground encourages imaginative play and will reduce discrimination as typically developing children and children with needs play and learn from each other in an inclusive environment.
The new Reach Centre in the heart of Ladner will allow more children to benefit from Reach programs as well as being a part of the community instead of apart from it. Once complete, the new three-story Reach Centre will serve as place of learning and belonging for children with special needs and their families. It will provide therapy and counseling rooms, youth program areas, specialized lending libraries, an inclusive pre-school with accessible playground, and expanded event space for municipal, business and community use.
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Alison Martin, Marketing Coordinator, Reach Child and Youth Development Society