Events for Life Centre Inc. (EFL) is a non-profit registered charity which offers a wide variety of educational, recreational and social day programs geared towards lifelong learning for developmentally-challenged youth and adults living in the community of The Town of the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas.
The goal of our day programming is to enrich their lives by improving their self-confidence and interpersonal skills to better integrate them into our community as well as to continue with the education stream. We operate our day programs, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 67547 Sideroad 33, Thornbury.
Once a special needs student reaches the age of 21, their formalized high school experience ends and many do not continue on to college, university, the trades, or find employment. Opportunities to build life skills, live independently and be engaged in leisure and social activities are limited, especially in rural communities. EFL fills this gap and since inception in 2013, enrolment has increased each year. We are currently meeting or exceeding all forecasts from our original business plan.
The participants operate a Coffee Nook that is open to the public, where they learn life skills such as menu planning, baking, customer service and basic banking, among others. Local recreational activities create opportunities for increased physicality and community orientation. They include swimming, skating, curling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, canoeing and camping. We also offer therapeutic horseback riding at Hope Haven. Additional social activities include dances, going to the movies, bowling, cultural events and field trips.
Our community, funders and volunteers have shown unconditional support of EFL’s participants. We are truly grateful. We look forward to sharing our story, projects, events and goals within this website. We welcome your participation in whatever form it might take!
Yours in caring,
Chair, Events for Life Centre Inc.