Giving people without speech new ways to talk

OARC Newsletter - FALL 2021 - Cover Story 

Timmy's mom can't wait to find out what treasures lie within Timmy's soul!

Submitted by Jacki Balfour

Timmy for Website

It was January of 2018 when we met our amazing son for the first time in an orphanage in Bulgaria. Timmy was two and a half and we had been told that he was completely nonverbal, so our expectations were very low. In that first week of scheduled meetings with Timmy, we saw that he very quickly picked up on what we were saying in English, and were delighted when he began to mimic some basic words like “mama”, “ball”, and “up”. We were hopeful that when we brought him home, communication wouldn’t be as big of a hurdle as we had initially believed. 

We’ve been surprised in more ways than one . . .

Read the complete article by checking out OARC's Fall 2021 Newsletter


We want to recognize our generous funders who have provided children with their own communication systems over the 2020-2021 year:  The Winnipeg Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg Community Support Fund, Wawanesa Insurance, 
Federated Co-operatives Limited - Winnipeg Employee Giving Committee, The Thomas Sill Foundation, United Way Emergency Community Support Fund/Government of Canada, and many friends of OARC through Tribute Gifts and donations.

Our Board of Directors

Shellie Hatch - President
Vacant - Vice-President
Jennifer Barthel - Treasurer

Jackie Markstrom - Past-President
Ron Bryer - Director

Carol Conan - Director 

Penny McMillan - Director
Donna Passey - Director
Dorian Phillips - Director
Rina Urish - Director