Weekend for families living with autism

In an effort to bring families affected by autism together, the Canucks Autism Network is hosting a family skate on Saturday, Jan. 30

Looking for a fun family weekend in the Cowichan Valley?

It’s happening on Jan. 30 and 31 for families living with autism.

In an effort to bring families affected by autism together, the Canucks Autism Network is hosting a family skate on Saturday, Jan. 30 and a movie matinee on Sunday, Jan. 31. Both events are free and open to any family living with autism on Vancouver Island.

The family skate will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shawnigan Lake School, one of the sponsors of the event. Skate rentals will be available as well as complimentary refreshments and cookies.

The movie matinee showing of Kung Fu Panda 3 will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Caprice Theatre in Duncan. Complimentary popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this weekend for families living with autism in the Cowichan Valley,” said Lindsay Petrie, marketing and communications officer with Canucks Autism Network. “Our goal is to bring families together in support of one another, and to connect with the community as a means to bring more awareness to our program offerings on the Island. The hope is that this event will act as a catalyst for providing even more CAN programs in the region.”

The family fun weekend is being funded through money raised at the Savour Cowichan Festival paired with generous support from the Caprice Theatres in Duncan, the Shawnigan Lake School, and the Mill Bay Marine Group.

The weekend is in addition to skating, swimming, soccer, physical literacy, camp, bike clinics, and various family events also being provided by the Canucks Autism Network on Vancouver Island. Families living with autism pay an annual fee of $25 per family member with autism and access all of its programs at no additional cost.

The family fun weekend is for CAN members and non-members alike. Non-members are asked to RSVP by completing a short form located at www.canucksautism.ca/familyfun

For more information, please visit www.canucksautism.ca/familyfun or email marco@canucksautism.ca