Project H.O.P.E.

Background Information

Project H.O.P.E. is a community based program that provides therapy to children diagnosed with severe physical, communication, cognitive self-help, social-emotional and /or behavioral challenges including Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and numerous other conditions. Project H.O.P.E. is a volunteer organization lead by a devoted and hard-working Board which fundraises all of the money used to meet the therapeutic needs of the children.  Golden Hills School Division partners with Project H.O.P.E. to ensure that the students receive the therapy during school hours in their schools so the children have access to this valuable therapy when they are most alert and while they are in their own community. Such a model provides an opportunity for the therapy to be integrated into the child’s individual program through parent/teacher/therapist collaboration and the use of goals defined on the child’s individual program plan.

This successful partnership has been in existence for over twenty years and is operational in Brentwood Elementary, Central Bow Valley, Wheatland Elementary,Westmount Elementary, Crowther Memorial Junior High and Strathmore High School  and is open to all children in the County of Wheatland if the transportation can be arranged. Currently, art therapy is offered in all of the schools and music therapy is offered in all of the schools but Central Bow Valley. Adaptive physical education program is offered at Crowther Memorial Junior High and Strathmore High School as it is more difficult for the children to be intergrated into the mainstream physical education programs at this age.

Project H.O.P.E. is  providing services to over 76 children this year.  The ages of these children vary between the youngest early entry students (3 years old) to outgoing high school students (19 years old.).   Funding is a continuous challenge for the Board of Project H.O.P.E.


Mission, Vision, Rationale Statements and Success Measurements

Program Vision: To be a community based program that meets the therapeutic needs of children diagnosed with severe physical, communication, cognitive self-help, social emotional and /or behavioral needs.

Program Mission: To facilitate real life growth in children with developmental challenges by delivering therapy in the school setting.

Rationale: Children and their families will experience more connection and support in their own community and thus the need to bring the therapeutic intervention to the children in their local schools.

Measurements: Individual goals for each student are taken from the school IPP (Individual Program Plan) which is developed with teacher and parent input. The teachers help the therapists choose and adapt the goals to fit the therapy. Achievement of those goals are measured 4 times a year and reported to the parents. At the end of the year, a survey is conducted to measure the program goals. The results are reported in the program’s Annual Report. (Annual Report is available upon request)


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Project Hope Board Members 2015

Back row from left to right:

Lori d'Argent, Lisa Pye, Carlie Gelinas, Ron Corbiell, Monica Major, Val Sandum

Front row left to right:

Karen Oliphant, Bobby-Jo Penna, Corinne Fisher, Linda Tucker, Amy Reichenbach, LeeAnn Praud








Updated: 2015-04-21 L. English