About CENTURY 21
CENTURY 21® is one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations with a unique Canadian history supporting entrepreneurship, marketing innovation, and homeowner education.
The first CENTURY 21 Office in Canada opened its doors in British Columbia in 1976. Today, we are proudly Canadian owned and operated, and our organization spans from coast to coast with nearly 400 offices and more than 10,000 Network members in 272 cities. Whatever the neighbourhood, CENTURY 21 Sales representatives provide each client with a global reach and local expertise.
CENTURY 21 Canada® is also dedicated to improving our communities. Easter Seals is our charity of choice, and we bring people together by hosting creative fundraising events. In 2017 alone, we raised $759,000 in support of local Easter Seals organizations.
Led by CENTURY 21 Canada® since 1979, Network members across the nation have raised over $10 million for Easter Seals families, and provided life-changing, fully-accessible summer camp experiences for nearly 5,000 kids living with disabilities.
About Easter Seals
Easter Seals is a trusted industry leader and Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community. For more than 95 years, Easter Seals has worked to enhance the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities.
Serving a broad range of individuals with varying physical, cognitive, sensory and learning disabilities, Easter Seals helps to ensure that all Canadians living with disabilities have access to the equipment, technology, programs, services and support they need to make the most of their abilities and participate fully in society.
Through a diverse array of transformative programs and services, Easter Seals helps to address and overcome the barriers to access, integration and social inclusion faced by children, youth and adults living with disabilities in Canada. Easter Seals’ principle activities include:
- Financial assistance and direct-to-client programs for mobility equipment, assistive technology, communication devices and learning aids to maximize independence and enhance quality of life
- Sport, recreation and leisure programming to encourage active participation and enhanced well-being
- Incredible, life-changing summer camp programs for children and youth living with disabilities
- Education, job training, employment services and social enterprise initiatives to inspire positive and productive lives
- Scholarships and bursaries to support youth with disabilities in their pursuit for personal growth and achievement through continuous learning and higher education
- Rehabilitative and occupational therapy programs to improve life skills and optimize functional ability
- Residential and respite programs for families of children with disabilities and serious medical conditions
- The Access 2 Program to improve social inclusion through access to entertainment and recreation opportunities for people with permanent disabilities who require the aid of a support person
- The Disability Travel Card to enhance social inclusion for people with permanent disabilities who require a support person when travelling
About Easter Seals Camps
If you’ve ever been to camp, you know what a fun and amazing experience it can be. You meet new friends, try new things, make unforgettable memories and learn new skills that you carry with you for the rest of your life. For kids living with disabilities, Easter Seals camp is even more than that.
Easter Seals' specialized, fully-accessible camps are a home away from home—a special place where kids can just be themselves and focus on their abilities…not their disabilities. Camp is a place where everything is accessible and there are no boundaries, no barriers, no limits to what they can achieve. For these kids, Camp is an incredible, unforgettable, time-of-their-life experience that plays an important role in shaping who they are and what they become.
At Camp, every child—no matter their disability—receives the encouragement and support they need to challenge themselves, build confidence and make the most of their abilities. Camp provides a sense of freedom and independence in an environment where anything is possible. Camp is a place of "yes I can!"
Every summer, more than 6,000 kids living with disabilities attend Easter Seals operated or affiliated summer camps across Canada, but there are many more who never get this opportunity. Because of the unique nature of Easter Seals’ camps—fully-accessible facilities, specialized equipment, camper to counselor ratios as low as one-on-one—it costs an average of $2,100 to send one child to camp for 10 days.
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Our Campers Say it Best — Testimonials
"Easter Seals camp is the best! I love going to camp because I get to do fun things like swimming and fishing. I get to meet new people and try new things. The camp is accessible and the camp staff are amazing. They help us with lots of things. If we want to try something new, the staff find a way to make that happen for us. My only wish is that I could go for the whole summer!"
"Easter Seals Camp Horizon allows me to be independent! It is the highlight of my year. I always look forward to it and, I always have many wonderful memories to last until I get to go again!"
"I have enjoyed going to Camp Woodeden over the past years. I have met a lot of friends from camp. My favourite things to do at camp are the ropes course and the rocking climbing wall. I am so glad that Easter Seals has been a part of my and my family's life and helped me to be the best that I can be!"
"The kids at school focus on my disabilities, while the people at camp focus on my abilities. That is why camp is so special to me. My favourite activities to do at camp are the Giant Swing because I like the thrill of being so high up in the air out of my wheelchair and the speed of swinging, and also horseback riding because it is calming and a new experience."
"In the small town I live in I'm known as Joe – the guy in the wheelchair… But at Easter Seals Camp Horizon I'm just Joe."