June 12, 2018 Camrose Booster

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The CAMROSE BOOSTER, June 12, 2018 – Page 21

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From the heart to the court CAFCL receives generous gift By Lori Larsen

With a passion for giving back to the community Align Builders, a Camrose based business since 2014, made some wishes come true when members of the business took it upon themselves to build a basketball court for the clients of Camrose Association for Community Living. After attending the past two CAFCL Charity Auctions (occurring October 25) management and staff of Align heard through CAFCL team coordinator Jen Knopf, that the organization had a basketball court on their wish list to assist in the well being

of CAFCL clients and the Summer Camp program. Board member Aaron Leckie commented on behalf of the CAFCL board. “We have a lot of corporate sponsorship that are involved in various events with CAFCL through the year including the charity auction in the fall. For Align Builders to step forward after that auction last year and do this project, we are very grateful.” CAFCL chief executive officer Esther McDonald added. “They (Align) designed it. It was their project and they made it real for us. We are honoured that they would share their resources, time

and talent for the benefit of the individuals in our services.” The management and staff of Align came together and built a dream. “We were very open to helping out with this,” said Align Builders partner Jolene Paulson. “Jen mediated between the organization and Align Builders and we were able to get this project done this spring.” On behalf of Align, partner Ben Paulson said the company believes in building communities. “We feel a responsibility to give back to the community in which we work and live. The association (CAFCL) is such a valuable asset in

our community, so when we have an opportunity to help we take it. We feel privileged to be able to provide our expertise and be a community partner.” Align supports other non-profit organizations within Camrose including KidSport, Camrose, Camrose Kodiaks and minor hockey teams and donates time to other causes such as the MS Bike Tour. The basketball court is a welcome addition to the services provided to the clients of CAFCL. Specifically designed to allow for wheelchair accessibility the court will no doubt see a lot of action. According to McDonald

the main users of the court will be the children of the Summer Camp, Leaders in Training program. “We can’t wait for the children of our summer camp program to see it,” said McDonald. Camrose Association for Community Living’s vision is that each person be an accepted and a participating community member. The organization provides services to members of the community to help develop skills and build quality of life. For more information or if you wish to donate to CAFCL and make more wishes come true visit the website at www.cafcl.ca.

Lori Larsen, Camrose Booster Camrose Association for Community Living clients and Summer Camp children will get hours of benefit from the new basketball court built and donated by Align Builders. Joining CAFCL clients Kelsey Winterhalt, seated in wheelchair, and Craig Steinwand, holding basketball, are back row left to right Align Builders partners Jolene and Ben Paulson and Mike Forre, front row left to right CAFCL board director Michelle Colombijn, first vice president Andrea Campbell and director Aaron Leckie.

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