A lot of emphasis by instructors is mistakenly put on MOUNTED learning.
Fern Jordan, local stained glass artist, donated a beautiful panel showing horses in full gallop and it was raffled off this summer to raise money towards a new program at Hinchinbrook Farm.
There is a segment of the population who have difficulty accessing therapeutic riding since there are very few funding sources for which they qualify. These are adult children still living at home with intellectual challenges. We know that they benefit from the mental and physical health gains from riding, and yet they can rarely afford it.
The raffle was the first step to raising money to help mount a program for these people, who can benefit from the down time the horses have while our regular visitors are at school. Our grant writer is looking to other places for further funding. (To donate to the new project, click here>>
The new baby barn that was purchased with the support of our 2014 donors was completed and dragged into place next to the forest path near the waterfall. It will be used to store materials that had to previously be lugged back and forth by our volunteers; and can also be used to house overnight campers in our special programs that are being planned for the woods.
AUGUST 2, 2014
The annual Pirate Booty Fundraising dinner was held Saturday, August 2,2014 and was, by all accounts, very successful.. Our thanks to all of the volunteers who made food, set up the room, served and cleared tables, sold tickets, etc., etc. We are also grateful to the ruthless pirates who invaded the scene, insised on being fed and served grog, and then through forced means of persuasion raised a considerable sum by auctioning off their booty, taken no doubt from vessels now only found at the bottom of the sea! (Oh yeah, our thanks to the many sponsors who provided the goods for our auction baskets — there were 16 in total — and to the may bidders who very generously pushed the limits on each and every one.)
In 1995, the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre Foundation, now the Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth, established an award to honor the memory of Dr Gerald Gordon. Dr Gordon was a psychologist and the Executive Director of the centre for more than 20 years, and a strong advocate for child and adolescent mental health services. He was also keenly interested and active in theatre. The award offers an opportunity to recognize recipients who have demonstrated the wide range of creativity and energy that exists in the community that encourages children, youth and families in the development of their mental and emotional well-being. By giving recognition to these activities, the Foundation supports the creative and dedicated individuals and organizations in communities across Nova Scotia. Traditionally, one recipient is identified each year.
Nicole Lohnes has been hired as our Lesson and Day Camp Assistant for 2014. She will begin work at the end of June and continue through the third week of August. Nicole has plenty of experience around horses and with Hinchinbrook Farm and its programs. She has often looked after the farm, with her mother, when Patricia is away on courses. Welcome to the staff, Nicole!
Carolyn Collicutt’s message to the third Hinchinbrook Farm Society annual general membership meeting. February 23, 2014.
Bridgewater High School partnered up for a Co–op Student to come for experiential learning.
There were a total of 3 co-op students from BHS this year, each of them earning a full credit through working at the farm.
The bi-monthly system to train volunteers began in January and there were a total of 6 orientations and trainings lasting a full day throughout the year.
On a sad note Silver Bell had her first bout of Laminitis in 26 years. It later proved to be Cushing’s which is successfully treated daily, but it was summer before it was diagnosed.
Every day that we wake up and live in the hours of that day, there is a possibility of being thrown up against a situation where we may have to risk everything, even our lives. This is the way the real world is. We must work to develop every human resource within us in order to prepare for these days. To deny any person their fair share of risk experiences is to further cripple them for healthy living.
– Robert Perske, Hope for the families [Read more…]