OSNS Child and Youth Development in Penticton launches new Legacy Foundation – Penticton News

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The OSNS Child & Youth Development Center in Penticton is proud to announce the launch of its new OSNS Legacy Foundation, which it hopes will secure pediatric rehabilitation services in the South Okanagan and Similkameen for years to come. future.

With a goal of $ 10 million over five years, the Legacy Foundation’s goal is to create an endowment fund to secure services for years to come.

The initiative comes after OSNS recognized a long-standing need to alleviate long wait times for treatment of children with developmental problems.

Government funding is available, but it is not going all the way, and OSNS aims to fill this gap.

“After more than 40 years of service, the Legacy Foundation will propel the center forward to meet the growing scope of health care needed by children with developmental challenges in the South Okanagan,” said said Tyler Chick, Chairman of the Foundation Board.

“This initiative has come to fruition thanks to the leadership and vision of a dedicated Board of Directors. “

“Pediatricians depend on the OSNS team. Clinical staff are ‘down to earth’ in the child’s home community and treatment programs are a medically necessary part of infant and child health care, ”said Dr Kathy Gross, pediatrician and director of the foundation board.

“Securing their funding should be a top priority for our community. “

The foundation kicks off with a significant initial boost from the Stawarz family, owners of all Tim Hortons locations in the South Okanagan. They pledged to raise $ 250,000 for the foundation.

“Our family visited the Penticton Treatment Center and saw first-hand the amazing clinicians in action. Realizing that there was a waiting list for families to access support, we knew we had to be a part of its continued growth and success, ”said Paul Stawarz.

The OSNS Legacy Foundation announcement will be further celebrated at the OSNS Child & Youth Development Center Share a Smile Telethon on November 28.

Over 1,600 children visit OSNS each year. To learn more about how you can support the new foundation, click here.

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