My Favorite Canuck Place Memory
By Kelsey B
My favorite Canuck Place memory is when Margot and Lily come to visit. Like Lily the Golden Lab, but there is also a Golden Retriever named Poppy. I like Poppy, she is a great dog. She is a PADS dog.
Once we went on an outing to Oakridge Mall and we took Poppy with us. She was really good in the van and also in the mall. She wears a special vest to let everyone know she’s an assistance dog. Sometimes Poppy comes to the movies with us. She will sleep at our feet. She enjoys going to the movies.
I like to come to Canuck Place when Poppy and Lily are here.
My favorite Canuck Place memory is when I did a singing performance in the Great Room. I sang some Shania Twain songs with Kathryn. There were lots of people in the audience. I felt a little nervous but it went really well.
I love making music at Canuck Place. I have lot of fun!
My favorite Canuck Place memories are going to Playland and playing hide and seek. The reasons going to Playland is one of my favorite Canuck Place memories are: there was this one ride that you sit down in this one person cage (there are about 20 cages) and it starts to spin. You end up going really fast and it starts to spin you sideways and upside down. Another reason is the Hellevator, which was so much fun. I could not decide whether or not to go on and when I finally did, it was about to shoot up and I started freaking out.
The reasons hide and seek is another one of my favorite memories of Canuck Place because I like to hide in trees and watch people go right past me looking underneath me. When people can’t find me for a long time I usually give them hints like yelling or making a loud noise. One time I spent probably half an hour sitting in this big dome like rhododendron and after a few hints they still couldn’t find me so I gave myself up.
That is why going to Playland and playing hide and seek are my favorite memories of Canuck Place. Recreation Therapy
My favorite Canuck Place memory is playing Uno. Uno is fun. I like Uno Extreme the best. You put the cards in a sort of machine and then you press the button when you need a card.
I also like playing outside on the merry-go-round. I like going fast!
My favorite memory of Canuck Place is the Art Room because it is fun and it also has Barbies and a dress-up closet.
In the Art Room you can paint and colour. I like to paint and use lots of glitter!
I like the princess costumes the best.
My favorite memory of Canuck Place is playing the Spiderman Friend or Foe video game. Canuck Place doesn’t actually own it. but they rent it every time I’m here.
At Canuck Place my favorite thing is to go in the Art Room. I love it there. I love painting and colouring and using the stamps. I like all the different kinds of paper.
A couple of years ago, one of my paintings was made into a card.
My favorite Canuck Place memory is when we went to the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in July, 2006.
It was a long drive to get there but it was so much fun! I caught a Trout but I couldn’t keep it. I had to throw it back in the water. I was mad about that. I hope I can go there again this summer.
My Favorite Canuck Place Memory
I have so many memories, I don’t know where to start. Well, I’ll start off a few for you. Camp Squamish was a good one, the bug hunt, the kids, the events, the bunnies. Oh, I almost forgot, throwing will into the pool (heehee).
Ooh Ooh, Science World, Stanley Park, and water mania. I also remember Casper and Cinder, the guinea pigs. Well, that’s all I can think of. See ya!
My favorite Canuck Place memory is Rock Band. You can play any song you want. I like playing drums the best because it is easier on my hand. You can choose drums, guitar or singing. You can do either hard, medium or easy. I like to do the hard and medium ones! It gives everyone a bit of a challenge.
I love coming to Canuck Place…….it is lots of fun!!
My favorite Canuck Place memory is Teen Group because it was a life changing experience. Teen Group helped me get to know the other teens and to understand them and their diseases. We did lots of activities as playing games, music, renting movies and going on outings. One of the movies we saw was Blades of Glory a spoof on ice-skating with Will Farrell. We also played video games in our spare time. We went to a restaurant for dinner one night which was awesome. I liked having my own room here. Teen Group was a great experience because it gave me the opportunity to come to Canuck Place, get to know people, have a great time and want to come back again.
My favorite memory of Canuck Place is when I went to EA Sports with teen group. We were able to see employees working on games in their cubicles, and were shown EA’s personal movie theatre.
While viewing EA, I saw their full sized soccer field, complete with logo and dine on frozen yogurt in their large cafeteria. We finished our tour by being given one game of our choosing. I picked Need for Speed, Undercover.
My favorite Canuck Place memory is when Lily the dog visits. She comes with the volunteer, Margot. Lily is a yellow Lab. She follows Margot and has her own water dish in the Art Room. I love Lily because she is very cute and fuzzy. She is usually calm. Once she got a prickly leaf stuck on her paw and she was limping. We didn’t know what was wrong so we looked at her paw and saw a leaf stuck to it. I helped her get the leaf off.
I like taking Lily in the garden. Once she chased a squirrel but it leaped over the fence. It was funny!
Now Canuck Place has its own dog named Poppy who comes Monday to Friday to help the children. Poppy is a golden retriever. Usually I get allergies when I am around dogs who have thick hair but I am fine with Poppy.
I love coming to Canuck Place……but specially when the dogs are here!
I remember the first time I went to Science World. I explored the place where the water is and then I went to the place where the dinosaur bones are. It was TONS of fun.
KIDS CAMP – I really, really love that tree house which is wheelchair accessible. I like to meet the new kids and there are always events that I can do like scavenger hunts.
THE HOUSE – The art room is my favorite place because there are lots of things to do which opens up my mind of creativity.
My favorite memory of Canuck Place is Teen Group.
The Teen Group I attended was held in the Spring of 2007 for three sessions. Then we have reunions every year while we are on the Canuck Place program.
During teen group the teens go on “private” outings….without the other children. We went on the Ropes Course at UBC. It was fun! John and I were the only ones who went on the swing. We went twice-the other guys were too scared to go on it. We also took public transit to go downtown on a Scavenger Hunt. My group got lost because we weren’t really listening to each other. Eventually, we got to Red Robin but we were four hours late for lunch! The others had to wait for us. Luckily, the restaurant wasn’t that busy. We came back to Canuck Place and got our prize which was a gift card for Chapters and lots of candy! The next day we did a Mentoes and Diet Coke experiment. Ryan got soaked from the pop because it exploded and flew in the air. It was hilarious! We all laughed.
The best part of Teen Group was hanging out together and talking. We felt like brothers….listening to each other, supporting each other and arguing with each other!
My Favorite Canuck Place Memory
One time I had the opportunity to go to my first Canucks Playoff game versus Chicago. The environment was so cool. It was loud, when the Canucks scored and completely silent when they had the puck, it was crazy and fun!
Another good memory was at Canuck Place Camp when Trevor Linden, Matthias Ohlund and Dan Cloutier came to play floor hockey and hang out with us. Matthias Ohlaund put his elbows on the table and had to sing a song. He didn’t know any English songs, so he sang Oh Canada. Trevor Linden sang Spiderman and Dan Cloutier sang Frere Jacques. Also during music, Trevor was doing all the signs for She’ll Be Comin’ Around The Mountain.
Another memory was: It was Fin’s 8th birthday. I was 6 and it was the first time I had ever met Fin or any other of the Canucks. Trevor Linden was also there. I asked him to feed me cake. I was so excited. I also played floor hockey with him and he pushed me on the swing for half an hour. It was lots of fun.
We went to Whistler a few years ago and I was able to sit-ski. We were there for almost a whole day. I went really fast. It was hard to keep my head up, so I had to wear a neck brace. It wasn’t comfortable, but I still had lots of fun skiing. By the end of the day, I couldn’t feel my body, I was so cold, but that is the problem with skiing.
Another good memory is I went with a nurse from Canuck Place to Disneyland for a day. We left at 5 in the morning and got back at 3 in the morning. I was really tired by the end of it, but we had lots of fun. We got to go on Splash Mountain twice. I got soaked!
Canuck Place is special to me because it is like a Home Away From Home, and there are so many special opportunities and experiences that are unique and very fun. I can do stuff I don’t usually do at home. The staff are really fun and cool and I enjoy being here.
When I was asked to write about a favorite Canuck Place memory, I thought “Wow, where do I begin?” I’ve been coming with my brothers to Canuck Place since I was seven and they were five and three. Now we’re seventeen, fourteen ad thirteen respectively. Yep, a lot of memories…..
Some of my earliest memories revolve around that wonderful place that we call the Art Room. My dad used to tease me that “Once I started working on something in there, he didn’t see me for days.” That was partly true. The Art Room is like a candy shop for me-so full of endless supplies and neat things and exciting opportunities! There’s everything from rubber gloves to glitter glue to wrapping paper. One memory that stand out in my mind is the time Kim (a volunteer) and I built a robot out of tin foil cups and popsicle sticks. We placed him on the counter at the nurse’s station to surprise the nurses. They love him.
We’ve made quite a few friends here too. Every time we sit down in the dining room, there’s always somebody familiar to stay and chat with. I smile whenever I remember the hide and seek game we played in the garden once. The kids were just alive with the spontaneity of the moment-it was like it was Christmas! The fact that they used power chairs didn’t stop them from finding hiding spots that befuddled both the volunteers and each other. One boy parked himself behind a tree in the garden and we honestly couldn’t find him for a while. Once we did find him, we all got a good laugh out of it, but him most of all. The tree he had hidden himself behind wasn’t exactly very wide.
Canuck Place gives kids living with disabilities the chance to have fun like a normal kid again and helps the siblings of those kids to see the world through different eyes.