Once again, my lovely wife Shelly BoBelly is out doing great stuff in the community along with her workmates at ConocoPhillips Canada.
The centre meets the ne of children who have experienced domestic violence or other forms of emotional trauma and provides them with specialized therapeutic support and guidance to help them grow into healthy and happy youth.
The latest research has shown that exposure to violence alters children’s brain function and structure. It alters their cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral development, and in some cases causes post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
In many cases, children experience challenges with peer relations, depression, anxiety, violence to others, self-harm, developmental delays, irregular school attendance and inappropriate sexual behaviour.
The Sonshine Children’s Centre programming is anchored in well-tested theoretical framework and its interventions and services help address multiple issues such as the history of trauma, abuse or neglect, behavioral problems and attachment disorders.
The reason for the Hope Gala is to raise money to help, seeing as poverty has a compounding effect on the impact of trauma. On average, 25 out of 30 children who attend the centre in a calendar year are considered economically disadvantaged. Most of the kids live in the Sonshine Centre with their birth mothers.
There will be a photo booth along with a great array of food stations to sample some of the great creations from the Calgary Zoo team of chefs as you mingle and meet staff, friends and some of the great folks from Sonshine and ConocoPhillips who are thrilled to be helping this great cause.
My buddy Richard from Breslauer Warren Jewelers has donated a beautiful necklace and a massive silent auction will offer up some incredible experiences and items to take home.
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