“Congratulations… to the Winnipeg Optimal Health Early Years Sports Club (OHEYS) for being named recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Service Award for providing physical activity programming for children with autism. It is because of organizations such as yours, and the contributions you have made to sport development, that we have a thriving sport delivery system in the province.”
Our Mission is to Help Those Who Need It
OHEYS promotes the principles of healthy children and families and the full and active participation of children with autism in our community. Our mandate to provide affordable, accessible, direct activity programs to children and families with autism.
Our unique programs are set up to promote individual goal-setting and achievement and to maximize accountability, accessibility and inclusion.
We are unique in proactively dealing with the special needs of children with autism on an individualized basis. Our programs are set up to promote individual goal-setting and achievement and to maximize accountability, accessibility and inclusion.
Our program strategy supports children and youth with autism across four key areas of personal development.
- Education in communications and social skills.
- Promotion of mental health and well-being.
- Support for active, healthy lifestyles through sports and recreation.
- Personal growth in relationship skills and employment readiness.
“We strongly urge you to support OHEYS as it goes forward with its agenda. Our children and their families benefit from the existence of this program and it would be sorely missed if it was not able to continue. OHEYS has developed programming that provides motivated staff and volunteers with the opportunity to work closely with school-aged children as those children master a wide variety of skills. These skills, including physical activity and social engagement, contribute to a broad understanding of what goes into creating a healthy lifestyle. Wherever they may be on the spectrum of skill acquisition, participants are engaged almost immediately in full participation and feel safe and capable of developing themselves.”
PresidentASPERGER MANITOBA INC (AMI)
I would just like to say that this camp has been one of the most positive experiences in our child’s life. There is so much variety in the activities that every child has something they love. The atmosphere is evident. The training coaches and volunteers receive ensures that everyone involved is on the same page, and that the most important thing is the kids. The young coaches are energetic, positive, professional and patient. From the moment you walk through the door you feel welcome, and the children quickly feel safe and relaxed … which, with this special group, is no small feat!
Thank you so very much for the opportunity to work at your camp! I think it’s a great camp for the kids and helps them use the communication skills at the camp outside of camp as well. You’ve definitely given me some new tools to use in the school and with the kids I do respite with. I would love to come back next summer!
Thank you for everything and for all the effort you put into this camp for it to work. Sometimes you might think all that extra effort may not show, but it really does. It’s a great camp!