An Executive Outlook.

A Message from the Executive Director – May 2021

In many ways, it feels like Day 450 of March 2020, the month when we woke up on what feels like the set of a ‘straight to Netflix’ post-apocalyptic movie. Sadly, this movie has gone on for much longer than the customary 90 minutes. However, while we remain under a Provincial stay-at-home order, there is reason to be hopeful that restrictions will soon be eased back. Case counts are steadily decreasing and more and more people have had their first dose of the vaccine. It has been a long and challenging road, but we are making real progress now! As such, the planning exercises we are undertaking of late are filled with hope and directed at what we can do to reach our participants and the communities in our backyard in the latter half of this year.

I cannot wait to hear the telltale sounds of laughter and ‘drum day’ coming from the Learning-4-Life program, but in the meantime, the program staff: Jennifer, Colleen, and Brett continue to re-define creativity through the program’s virtual sessions. Just this month, they have added a Wednesday afternoon segment that features virtual tours of attractions in the community; and on Friday afternoons, participants can get together and stream movies together. If you know of anyone that would like to check out a virtual session, or who would be a great fit for when the program returns in person, please get in touch with our L4L Program Coordinator, Jennifer Crothers at jennifer.crothers@windreachfarm.org.

We are currently in the midst of our Spring therapeutic riding session, and summer is just around the corner. Our riding program has been operating over the past year at a reduced capacity for everyone’s safety, but we hope to soon expand to welcome more riders back as restrictions start to loosen and case counts continue to fall. For more information on our therapeutic riding program, please email our Coordinator of Equine Services, Pat Bullock at pat.bullock@windreachfarm.org.

Some of the participants of our Community Participation Program have returned and have been keeping busy helping our Farmer, Eleanor care for all the animals. Lots of spots remain available for the Summer and Fall sessions! Please reach out to our Farmer, Eleanor Meredith at farmer@windreachfarm.org for more info.

We are taking tentative bookings for day visits for families and small groups. Our day visits are customized to the interests and abilities of each group. To place a hold on a future date, please email our Day Visit Coordinator, Liz Brown at dayvisits@windreachfarm.org.

We are hiring! Yes, your dream to work at a beautiful, 105-acre farm, full of friendly faces, even friendlier animals, and unlimited opportunities to change people’s lives could come true! If you have a green thumb and are interested in either the role of Lead Horticultural Therapist or Horticulture Technician, please check out the Employment Opportunities page on our website (http://windreachfarm.org/about-us/employment-opportunities/) or email information@windreachfarm.org for more info.

Finally, please keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for news on future drive-thru events. We are currently eyeing July 9th and 11th for our first offerings of the year. Last year’s events were a big success and we are itching to plan more safe and interactive outings for you and your families!

It’s been over a year of this ‘new normal’, but the light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine a little brighter and this time it’s not a train! We can’t wait to see all of you back at the Farm soon!

Ross Ste-Croix
Executive Director
WindReach Farm

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