Giving people without speech new ways to talk


OARC News - FALL 2017 - Cover Story 


Kids had three glorious days of fun at Camp yAAC!

Submitted by Marnie Loewen

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What a difference the sunshine makes!!!   Up to 30 degree celcius and no rain!  Twelve campers experienced a variety of outdoor activities during their “Bugs and Butterflies” themed communication camp.

The Winnipeg Foundation and The Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba provided grants making it possible for Camp yAAC to take place.  Camp Manitou was host to Camp yAAC on July 26, 27 & 28th where twelve campers and their support workers enjoyed the great outdoors.  In 2016, Camp yAAC was held in the Spring and many volunteers recounted three days of mitts, hats and blankets! 

Our huge 20’x30’ white tent beckoned to our campers upon arrival, “Come One Come All”!  Each day, twelve volunteers encouraged campers to communicate with their iDevices while enjoying the activities and chatting with others. 

Read the complete article by downloading our
 Fall 2017 Newsletter


We want to recognize our generous funders who have allowed us to recently expand our library: Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, The Winnipeg Foundation - Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg Community Support Fund, Wawanesa Insurance, 
Red River Cooperative, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, and many friends of OARC through Tribute Gifts and donations.

Thank you to The Winnipeg Foundation along with the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba for funding our second Camp yAAC in 2017 where children with communication challenges were encouraged to talk with their speech-generating devices (SGD) throughout the day while participating in fun camp activities and making new friends.

Our Board of Directors

Donna Passey - President
Jamie Moses - Vice-President
Jennifer Barthel - Treasurer

Penny McMillan - Past-President
Ron Bryer - Director
Allyssa Buckland - Director

Carol Conan - Director 

Shellie Hatch - Director
Jackie Markstrom - Director
Dorian Phillips - Director