Camp Tidnish, a fully accessible summer camp near Amherst, has received a $50,000 donation from the CIBC Children’s Foundation. Stephen Maltby (right), first vice-president of CIBC Wealth Management, presents the cheque to (from left) New Leaf Enterprises executive director (Easter Seals NS) Veronica Dale, camper Jennica Gagne, camp director Steven McCluskey, Rotarian and camp committee chairman Bob Janes and Easter Seals NS development director John MacDonald.
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AMHERST – Camp Tidnish has received a $50,000 boost from the CIBC Children’s Foundation.
The presentation was made during an Amherst Rotary Club meeting at the camp on Friday, Sept. 9.
“Our barrier-free camp is a stimulating, fun and safe environment that is uniquely barrier-free and totally accessible for children, youth, and adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities,” Easter Seals Nova Scotia president and CEO Joanne Bernard said. “There is simply no other camp like Camp Tidnish available to Nova Scotians. Demand for one of our week-long summer camp sessions is high, and annually we can accommodate up to 300 campers with disabilities from every corner of the province.”
Stephen Maltby, first vice-president of CIBC Wealth Management and an Amherst Rotarian, said the CIBC Children’s Foundation and CIBC Wealth Management is committed to improving the lives of children in the communities it serves.
“Help for high needs kids, education and enrichment, and healthy active living is achieved by Camp Tidnish’s summer camp program,” Maltby said.
Camp Tidnish offers interactive and fun overnight camp experiences including boat tours of the Tidnish River, hay rides, fishing, art activities, swimming in our indoor pool and adaptive canoe / kayaking.
Those who have spent time at our camp know that it can be a time of incredible physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. The thrill of camping provides other benefits, such as an opportunity for persons with disabilities and their families and/or caregivers to have a rare break from each other.
This not only grows the independence of campers but also provides comfort and assurance for their families that they are in good care.
Campers get to meet others who are just like them, forging friendships, and promoting a sense of belonging and self-confidence that has a lasting impact well beyond the week at Camp Tidnish.
The camp is located just across the New Brunswick border and has served the community for more than 80 years
Bernard said Easter Seals enjoys a strong partnership with the Amherst Rotary Club, owners of the facility. Easter Seals Nova Scotia is responsible for the costs associated with camp facility and program operations.
For more than 85 years, Easter Seals Nova Scotia has been at the forefront of programs and services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. As a primary destination for those seeking information, support, mobility equipment, recreation program, and skill development opportunities we advocate for a fully accessible Nova Scotia, providing top-quality services promoting mobility, inclusion and independence for Nova Scotians with disabilities.