Access Services

Disabilities

Recreation for all.... people with disabilities

Are you living with a disability and require continuous support in order to access recreation programs and services? The North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission has a great opportunity to share with you. When you participate at any North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission facility, your support person is admitted free of charge as long as they are there to assist you. Your support person can be an adult friend, sibling, volunteer or private Aide. When participating in our programs and services, please ask your support person to let the front desk staff know that they are ther to assist you.

Individuals requiring additional support while participating in programs and services are encouraged to contact the Volunteer Resources Programmer. Please call 604-983-6417 or email najakm@nvrc.ca.

Does Your Child Need Extra Help to Participate in Our Summer Daycamps?

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture (NVRC) summer day camps welcome children with disabilities. Please make us aware of any disabilities or behavioural needs that may affect your child/youth's participation. To assist parents, three free Camp Support options may be available, on a first come, first served basis. Parents can apply to receive support for a maximum of one (1) week of full-day camp. To be eligible your child must:

  1. Receive three or more hours per week of SEA support during the school year
  2. Be 5 years of age or older and attending one week of school aged or youth full-day camp

1. NVRC Camp Support Leader

Funded by the City and District of North Vancouver, and a grant from Canada Summer Jobs, the NVRC Camp Support Leader is a post-secondary student with experience working with people with disabilities. Personal care or specialized support is not provided. Available to work with one (1) child/youth per week. Complete our on-line Support Application. For additional information please email campsupport@nvrc.ca.

2. North Shore ConneXions Society Support

NVRC, North Shore ConneXions Society and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) have partnered to support children/youth with developmental disabilities attending NVRC summer camps. North Shore ConneXions' Inclusion Workers are available to work with one (1) child/youth per week who meet the MCFD eligibility criteria. Personal care is not provided. Support applications available on-line May 4th, 2015. For additional information please email campsupport@nvrc.ca.

3. Volunteer Support

NVRC 'Buddies' are between the ages of 14-16 years and do not have specialized training. They are intended to provide minimal or light 1:1 support, assisting the child in the same manner as a friend would in school. Please make an appointment with Meh Najak, NVRC Volunteer Coordinator, before the June 19, 2015 deadline, 604-983-6417 or najakm@nvrc.ca. Please note volunteer support is not guaranteed but is based upon volunteer interest and availability.

Please note we cannot guarantee support. 
Support is based on the resources available and on a first come first served basis.

Need Help Accessing Our Facilities?

View the features of our facilities that make it easier for those with disabilities to access our Community Recreation Centres.

Private Swim Lessons for Children with Autism

For more information, please call Kevin at 604-983-6421.

Youth

Welcome to the Fitness Centre. Participants with Developmental or physical disabilities will help design their own basic personal fitness program and learn how to use the Fitness Centre equipment safely. For more information, please contact Darrin Jones at 604-983-6406. Individuals requiring 1:1 support, please provide your own Support Worker.

Financial Assistance

Recreation for all... people with financial barriers

Do you have a limited budget? Are you a resident of North Vancouver? If you cannot afford the full fee to participate in a recreation program, we can help you get active at a reduced rate.

We Make it Easy. Here's How:

Step One

Just call us at 604-987-Play (7529) and ask for an access appointment at your local Community Recreation Centre. You can make an appointment to meet with someone at one of the following Centres:

  • Delbrook Centre
  • Harry Jerome Centre
  • John Braithwaite Community Centre
  • Karen Magnussen Centre
  • North Shore Neighbourhood House
  • Parkgate Community Centre
  • Ron Andrews Centre

Step Two

Please bring to your appointment the following:

  • Please bring proof of residency in North Vancouver (example - BC Hydro, telephone or cable bill)

Please also bring one of the following:

  • A referral letter from a North Shore social services agency
  • A tax assessment
  • Disability Benefits statement
  • Employment Insurance statement
  • Income Assistance statement

Step Three

Our staff will help you select the opportunities to participate at a reduced rate, depending on your goals and interests.

Fitness Pass

  • Adults and youth, 15 years and older, can drop-in to 9 weight rooms at 6 locations and over 200 fitness classes.

Swim and Skate Pass

  • Children, adults and youth can participate in public swim and skate sessions. Adults can participate in scheduled lane swimming sessions.

Registered Programs - arts, sports, swim and skate lessons and more

  • Children, adults and youth can participate in a registered program.

There are alternative sources of funding available to help your children register for community sports groups. For more information check out KidSport and Athletics for Kids.

We also offer Free and Low Cost Programs.

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