Deloitte staff gather with staff and kids during Impact Day at Reach Child and Youth Development Society’s North Delta Preschool.

Deloitte staff gather with staff and kids during Impact Day at Reach Child and Youth Development Society’s North Delta Preschool.

An impact in volunteering

Staff from Deloitte volunteered a day of their time at Reach Child and Youth Development Society’s North Delta Preschool.

  • Oct. 28, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Staff from Deloitte, Canada’s largest public accounting firm, volunteered a day of their time at Reach Child and Youth Development Society’s North Delta Preschool recently.

They spent their time painting, gardening – and developing some insight into Reach Society’s work throughout Langley, Surrey and Delta.

“For us at Deloitte, Impact Day is a day where we can give back to the communities where we work and live,” said Yolanda Chow, Deloitte’s manager in assurance and advisory.

“Across the world, we’ve been doing Impact Day for about eight years and this year in B.C. alone we were on site at 51 locations. Every time it’s always so rewarding to see the smiles not only on the faces of the people in the organizations we work with, but also on the faces of our staff. What better way is there to spend the day?”

“We are so pleased to have this Impact Day support from the Deloitte staffers,” said Renie D’Aquila, Reach’s executive director. “In their own way, they are helping children with special needs to reach their potential, ”

Reach Child and Youth Development Society is a non-profit, charitable organization that has been providing services to children with special needs and their families since 1959.

Currently, Reach works with more than 800 children and youth a year from birth to age 19 who have special needs such as autism syndrome disorder, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and ADHD.

Reach’s services include inclusive preschools, therapy and counseling programs, in-home support, respite care, friendship club, workshops for parents and professionals, and much more.

Currently located near Boundary Bay Airport in East Ladner, Reach has embarked on a Building for Children Together capital building project in partnership with the Ladner Tsawwassen Kinsmen Club and the Corporation of Delta to build a new centre in the heart of Ladner.

Reach welcomes donations from community and service groups, corporations, businesses and individuals. A highlight of the capital campaign will be the first major fundraiser in February 2013 in Ladner.

For more information, call 604-946-6622, Ext. 372 or visit www.reachdevelopment.org/campaign

Surrey North Delta Leader