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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

IWK Child Life LogoIt’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I bet you’ve heard this song on the radio, in the malls, and even in your workplace by now.  At the IWK Health Centre, December is truly the most wonderful time of the year.  We know that being in hospital can be tough for kids and families, even more so around the holidays. Throughout the month of December, holidays are celebrated to ensure that patients and families who are in the hospital don’t miss out on traditions, making important memories and even celebrating new holidays!

Child Life Services works hard to make the holidays a memorable time for patients and families who are in the hospital.  Through generous donations by individuals, families, community organizations and workplaces, Child Life Services ensures that inpatients and their siblings have gifts for the holidays.  These items go beyond the holidays and are also used throughout the year for therapeutic play or distraction with a Child Life Specialist, as birthday presents for patients, and to support play in the hospital.

If you would like to donate a gift to patients and families at the IWK Health Centre this holiday season, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. All gifts must be new and unwrapped, in keeping with our infection control policy.
  2. Please deliver these gifts to Child Life Services located on the main floor of the children’s building Monday – Thursday from 8 am-4 pm.  Outside of this time, please leave gifts with Protection Services inside the Women’s Building entrance to the IWK and mark them Attention: Child Life. 

 

Please see our Holiday Wish List for details about gifts appropriate for specific age groups.

Make a gift to the IWK Foundation

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I’m Tristan Gallant, I’m 10 years old, and I approve of this message.

Moncton Change Bandit, Tristan Gallant

IWK Moncton Change Bandit Hero, Tristan Gallant

Tristan Gallant is this year’s Moncton Change Bandit Hero for the K94-5 & 103.9 MAX FM Cares for Kids IWK Radiothon. For the last few weeks, Tristan has been working hard to help raise $15,000 to support the most urgent priorities of the IWK Health Centre.

I felt very happy when the IWK Foundation asked me to be the IWK Change Bandit Hero this year. It’s really nice [to be selected] and really fun being on the radio. It’s really really fun. Everybody wants to talk to me and take pictures of me.

You can raise money as a change bandit by doing things like a sock hop and a hat day at school; by telling everyone you know how great the IWK is, and by collecting coins at a big store like Superstore. Your parents and friends can put their change all together and put it in your loot bag.

I like the nurses and doctors and Child Life people at the IWK. All the people there like Kate, and Carol, all the doctors and nurses, and all the rest of the people there are really nice to me.

The IWK is important to me because they helped me and a lot of other kids feel better, and they also saved my life when I had Cancer.

People should give money to the Change Bandit program to help IWK buy even better machines and better medicines to help kids feel better. I’m Tristan Gallant, I’m 10 years old, and I approve of this message. 🙂

The 5th Annual K 94-5 & 103.9 MAX FM Cares for Kids IWK Radiothon will be broadcasting live from Champlain Place Mall February 20 & 21 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.. 

Make a gift to the IWK Radiothon.


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The most wonderful time of the year

Jane Marchildon is a Child Life Specialist at the IWK Health Centre.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I bet you’ve heard this song on the radio, in the malls, and even in your workplace by now.  At the IWK Health Centre, December is truly the most wonderful time of the year.   We know that being in hospital can be tough for kids and families, even more so around the holidays.  Throughout the month of December, holidays are celebrated to ensure that patients and families who are in the hospital don’t miss out on traditions, making important memories and even celebrating new holidays!

IWKChildLifelogoChild Life Services works hard to make the holidays a memorable time for patients and families who are in the hospital.  Through generous donations by individuals, families, community organizations and workplaces, Child Life Services ensures that inpatients and their siblings have gifts for the holidays.  These items go beyond the holidays and are also used throughout the year for therapeutic play or distraction with a Child Life Specialist, as birthday presents for patients,  and to support play in the hospital.

If you would like to donate a gift to patients and families at the IWK Health Centre this holiday season, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. All gifts must be new and unwrapped, in keeping with our infection control policy.
  2. Please deliver these gifts to Child Life Services located on the main floor of the children’s building Monday – Thursday from 8AM-4PM.  Outside of this time, please leave gifts with Protection Services inside the women’s entrance to the IWK and mark them Attention: Child Life. 

 

Please see our 2013 Holiday Wish List for details about gifts appropriate for specific age groups.

Make a gift to the IWK Foundation.


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Getting into the Swing of Spring!

The Child Life Activity Area at the IWK Health Centre is ready for colourful flowers, green grass, and warm winds. On this past Thursday, this innovative area of the Health Centre held their annual Spring Party. The Spring Party is an opportunity for young IWK patients and their families to celebrate the end of Winter with games, crafts, tasty treats, and a classic egg hunt.   This event is a great chance for kids to come together to relax and have fun. The IWK Child Life department works tirelessly to make sure the kids at the IWK get to enjoy the usual traditions of childhood, and, as you can see by these colourful pics, they were able to do just that.

We just wrapped up Child Life month! Read more about this incredible organization and how you can help.

To make a gift to the IWK Foundation visit www.iwkfoundation.org.

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Ready for the egg hunt!

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Spring colours

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Spring chicken

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Ready for decorating

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Colourful icing – almost too pretty to eat!

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Let the games begin!

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Artist at work.

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Delicious!

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Sprinkles for Spring!

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Yum!

Yum!


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Child Life brings joy to IWK families this Holiday Season

Chantal LeBlanc is the Interim Professional Practice Chief & Coordinator for Child Life at the IWK

Chantal LeBlanc

Chantal LeBlanc

For most children, Christmas is the best time of the year – they write letters to Santa, make decorations, watch holiday movies and wrap up special gifts for family and friends.

At the IWK, some patients won’t be able to enjoy their favourite holiday activities at home this year. However, the IWK’s Child Life team is working hard to bring the Christmas spirit to them inside the Health Centre through a number of exciting activities and celebrations. The goal is to let children be children – and not just patients.

The holidays should be a time of festivity, but for some IWK families, it can be particularly stressful, especially if they are separated from loved ones. Our goal in Child Life is to make a family’s hospital experience the best that it can be any time of year, but especially during important family celebration times.

During the month of December, Child Life organizes Christmas and Hanukkah parties, crafts, caroling, tree decorating, letters to Santa and more. We also have special activities and visitors, like writing letters to Santa with staff from Canada Post, making gingerbread houses and having a holiday themed movie night sponsored by the Auxiliary. These important activities help bring a sense of normalcy to patients and families as they prepare for and celebrate the holidays – no matter what their beliefs or family traditions.

Child Life is an essential part of the integrated care teams at the IWK year round. While doctors and nurses have stethoscopes and other equipment to do their jobs, child life specialists use therapeutic play and self-expression as their tools to help children, youth and their families cope with the potential stress or trauma caused by events like the diagnosis of an illness, an injury, the treatment process and hospitalization.

We get to see a glimpse  into the  lives of Maritime families, and being able to help make their time at the IWK a little bit easier for them is incredibly rewarding. This time of year especially, it helps us to value the real spirit of the holiday season, which is to share and to give.

The Child Life program is a special service at the IWK Health Centre that is supported, in part, by the IWK Foundation, the IWK Auxiliary and other members of the community.

 

Make a gift to the IWK Health Centre Foundation.


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Already majors in perseverance

This article was written by Christie Blotnicky, public relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University about Lindsey Cousineau, 22, a former patient of the IWK Health Centre, a donor to the IWK, and a potential future employee

“Life is something like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything in, you won’t get anything out” — William Christopher Handy Musician

This is Lindsey Cousineau’s favourite quote. Lindsey, a second-year student in the Child and Youth Study program at the Mount, has chosen to put as much into her life as possible, in spite of the many trials she’s been faced with. A three-time cancer survivor, Lindsey refuses to let anything interfere with her life and career goals.

At age nine, Lindsey underwent her first radiation treatment after doctors discovered cancerous tumors on her spinal cord. The cancer proved difficult to beat, and Lindsey found herself in and out of remission three times over the next few years. To add to her already tumultuous health, Lindsey also developed scoliosis, a side-to-side curvature of the spine, as well as kyphosis, a curvature of the upper spine.

Lindsey thanks two organizations for helping her and keeping her motivated as she battled with cancer: the IWK Health Centre, and the Children’s Wish Foundation. As a child, Lindsey’s health led to frequent visits to the IWK, where she became inspired to seek a career helping sick children and children with special needs. She is also thankful to the Children’s Wish Foundation, an organization that raises funds to make dreams come true for children battling with illness.

“The Children’s Wish Foundation sent my family and I to the Bahamas for a week to go swimming with dolphins – they’re my favourite animal,” says Lindsey. She’s already made it her mission to give back to these organizations that have helped her so much in the past. When she was just 11 years old, Lindsey held a fundraiser for the IWK and Children’s Wish Foundation; she raised an astonishing $3,700.

Her goal is to one day be employed with the IWK’s Child Life Services, which works to make a sick child’s stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Lindsey was drawn to the Mount’s Child and Youth Study program for its reputation and hands on approach to learning.

Lindsey is excited to start her first practicum and to gain some hands-on experience. She says if she could have one superpower, it would be “the ability to cure diseases.” But ultimately, all Lindsey really wants is a chance to help children the way the IWK and Children’s Wish Foundation helped her. She is eager to put her degree from the Mount into practice, and use it to make a difference for a child much like her: battling, but never giving up.