Construction Begins on New $1.6 million facility in Vernon for children and youth with special needs

New donations are helping to construct a new $1.6 million facility for children with special needs.

NONA Child Development Centre provides services to more than 700 children and youth with special needs from the North Okanagan each year. Executive Director Helen Armstrong says, “The increasing number of children and youth who are diagnosed each year with Autism Spectrum Disorder is driving the need for more space and more appropriate resources.

The new facility will be called The Clubhouse and will double the number of therapy rooms, offer specialized learning opportunities for feeding and life skills, and allow onsite access to supplies and unique teaching materials.

The project is being funded through the generous support of local businesses, community services clubs, foundations and individuals. The Kalamalka Rotary Club of Vernon has stepped forward with a significant donation. Kal Rotary President, Brian Reid says, “On behalf of Kalamalka Rotary, we are very pleased to present NONA with a cheque for $50,000 to be utilized for the construction of the new Clubhouse. We are delighted to have chosen this project as our major beneficiary of our Dream Auction proceeds.”

Reid adds, “Kal Rotary is partnering with NONA to sponsor the construction of the kitchen which will be referred to as The Kal Rotary Kitchen, the heart of the home, where people come together and where there will be various programs and services provided by NONA.” In addition to meeting the need for autism support, Reid also commended NONA’s building project for having a rental floor that will provide revenue to support its self-sufficiency.

Other naming opportunities exist for the therapy rooms and elevator. Community fund-raising campaign chair Ian Laidlaw of Baron Insurance invites everyone to get involved with Building the Clubhouse as it will serve families for years to come. He says, “We have had donations and pledges of over half-a million dollars towards the anticipated $1.6 million dollar cost. Like the hospital, NONA doesn’t receive funding for building and equipment, so we are relying on the business community, individuals, grants, events and our raffle, to raise money to build this vital facility for children and teens in the North Okanagan.”

NONA’s current space for therapy for children with Autism is an aging residence a few blocks away that will be sold and proceeds will be put towards the New Clubhouse.

NONA Board Chair, Janice Foster says, “We are thankful to Kalamalka Rotary and all the donors for their generous donations and to the volunteers who are helping NONA to raise money. With the continued support of the community, we hope to be providing services from the New Clubhouse early in 2017.”

The public are invited to make donations to help Build the Clubhouse by dropping of cheques at NONA’s office, or online through the website at Charitable receipts can be issued.

Nona wishes to thank all the donors who have given and made pledges to date:

Local Business

  • Andrew Sheret Inc
  • Baron Insurance
  • Dr. Bernie Grages
  • Cabin Forestry
  • Canoe Financial LP
  • Capri Insurance
  • Graydon Alarms and Monitoring
  • Kal Tire
  • Lake City Casino Vernon
  • MJO Tours
  • North Okanagan Paediatric Clinic
  • Optimum West Insurance
  • Pinnacle Communications & Media
  • Predator Ridge Resort
  • Dr. Sean Bicknell Inc
  • RBW Management Ltd
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice
  • Silver Rock Land Corp
  • Social Leads
  • Sparkling Hill
  • The BX Press
  • Tolko Industries
  • T-RTA Architecture Ltd
  • Ukrainetz Workplace Law Group


Service Clubs and Foundations

  • Foord Family Foundation
  • Kalamalka Rotary of Vernon
  • Vernon & District Funtastics
  • Vernon Lions Club
  • Vernon Rotary


Numerous Individual & Anonymous Donors