Registration for Fall 2021 is currently closed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about potential openings.
The CAPA program pairs student volunteers one-on-one with children who are experiencing disability (of any type, physical, sensory, developmental and or intellectual, ages 4-12 years). Activities include organized games and sports, obstacle courses, craft-making, and story-telling in both the gym and swimming pool settings. The parents of each child involved are asked to fill out a form describing the nature of their child’s needs and any specific goals they have for their child (i.e., verbal, physical, social). Each volunteer is then given this information and over the course of the first few weeks will work to develop a long-term plan to help the child work toward these goals. CAPA runs Saturday afternoons at Mount Royal University with the first hour in the gym and the second hour in the pool. CAPA was founded in Winter 2011 by Dr. David Legg and Dr. Sarah MacEachern in Calgary, AB. It is modelled partially after the Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) program at Acadia University, Wolfville NS.
Thanks to support from the Calgary Foundation Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund, this program is free for all participants.