Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Autism Centre for the Cariboo-Chlcotin

From Welcome to Williams Lake's Facebook page:

TRU students to build an autism centre in the Cariboo in 2014

Thompson Rivers University has pooled resources with the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre, SD 27 and the Williams Lake Construction Association (WLCA) to build the Cariboo Autism Centre in Williams Lake. The centre will be built by TRU Residential Construction students. 

“We are happy to include the CDC in our partnership group for the RCP program. The WLDA , SD #27, and TRU are excited to be able to offer this hands-on experience for future carpenters. Partnering is the key to being successful in all of our endeavours,” says Dr. Ray Sanders, Executive Director of TRU Williams Lake Campus.

The next intake of TRU Residential Construction students will build the autism centre from the ground up. The centre will serve as the large project portion of the course and provide students with some of the best experience possible before entering into the carpentry trade. The RCP program is one of the most hands-on programs offered at TRU. Students spend 70% of their time working on construction projects.

“We had the right community leaders at the table to think creatively about leveraging a $96,000 grant from the John Gordon Autism Foundation to expand the CDC facilities to include an autism centre". School District #27, TRU, Williams Lake Construction Association and the CDC will work together to make this happen in 2014," explains Nancy Gale of the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre Association.

The program is set to begin in February 2014. The University says there are still seats available, but they will fill up quickly. If you are interested in registering for the program and being a part of this project opportunity, contact the TRU Admissions and Registration Office: (250) 392-8020 or visit the website:

Editor's Note -- This is great news and looking forward to seeing the final product.  For the record, the facility will be located at the existing Cariboo-Chilcotin Child Development Centre site (690 2nd Avenue North)

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