For the better part of my childhood, I grew up in the beautiful Eastern Townships. Arthur Carr and his wife, Marie, welcomed my sister and me into their home and for many years they were our loving foster parents. Arthur loved to create amazing outdoor environments for us to play in, from snow forts to gardens, where we learned to experience nature through all of our senses. It’s thanks to Arthur and Marie that we ended up receiving such a great start in life.
I have been very fortunate to work with so many children of the NDG area over the course of the last 10 years. I have seen these kids grow, mature and go off to school. It has given me great pleasure and continued joy to think that my team and I had a part in helping give them a solid start in life.
In 2012 my youngest son, Justin, was diagnosed as having Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning autism. Since his diagnosis, I have learned so much more about autism and sensory processing disorders. I have become passionate about developing awareness and understanding where these issues are concerned.
This leads me to the creation of Arthur’s Garden. My hope and desire is that we will be able to build an outdoor space that brings joy and healing to the children who attend Garderie Les Petits Anges de Wesley, just like Arthur’s garden did for me when I was young. Today we know how important sensory development is for all children, and especially for children with ASD.
I believe that by building Arthur’s Garden, we will create a special place that fosters love and compassion.
Our committee is composed of parents of Petits Anges de Wesley daycare children, past and present.
Stéfany Corey, Communications Consultant
Rani Cruz, Research Coordinator at McGill University Health Centre Research Institute