One of our absolute favourite days of the Corn Maze season is the Canucks Autism Day. This year the Canucks Autism Network (also known as CAN) came to visit on Sunday, September 27th. For those of you that don’t know, here is a little more about them.
“The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, arts, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia. The Canucks Autism Network team consists of a diverse group of trained staff, support workers and dedicated volunteers who administer programs for families and individuals living with autism in our province.”
Four years ago our Corn Maze design had the Canucks Autism Network’s logo and name carved into it and since then we’ve stayed in touch with the foundation. This is the fourth year that we’ve been able to host CAN at the Maze and it has been growing each year consistently. There were approximately 750 people who came out from all over the Lower Mainland to visit Chilliwack for the day; it is one of CAN’s biggest events of the year. We love seeing families come year after year and developing a relationship with them.
There were also several community supporters who helped to make this event possible. KIND granola bars were there handing out healthy snacks, Hofstede’s Country Barn contributed fresh fruit, Fraser Valley Meats provided the hot dogs and Save on Foods Chilliwack supplied the buns.
The families had the entire Corn Maze to themselves for the morning. Some of the activities included: exploring the Corn Maze, running around in the giant hay bale maze, playing in the corn box, visiting all of the animals, playing the water duck races, riding the trikes, throwing balls in the ball zone, playing on tractors in the sand box, crawling over our spider web, jumping on the jumping pillow and taking a hay ride around the field to our pumpkin patch. After all of this, everyone was able to have lunch and relax in the beautiful sunshine.
Thanks to the Canucks Autism Network for all of the wonderful work that they do. If you want to read more about them or find out how you can help out, visit their website: http://www.canucksautism.ca.