Almost every parent dreams about their child learning to walk. Those teetering first baby steps and the inevitable tumbles that follow. But that dream isn’t reality for some parents. Whether due to disease or injury, some children won’t have the opportunity to learn to walk, or if they do, it’s a tougher journey than most can imagine.
Enter Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (WRC), a Regina hospital that provides comprehensive medical rehabilitation programs for children and adults. It’s where more than 2,500 children in southern Saskatchewan access crucial development rehabilitation as part of the WRC’s Children’s Program. The program sees more than 18,000 pediatric visits a year.
The Children’s Program is invaluable for thousands of children, including those who learn how to walk or use a wheelchair there. In 2018, the program needed ride-on cars, which are modified wheelchairs used to teach children how to use wheelchairs, as well as help with other developmental delays.
The Children’s Program recently received a boost from Enbridge Pipelines, a long-time supporter of the Foundation. Most recently, in summer 2018, Enbridge contributed $25,000 to the Foundation in support of the Children’s Program at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
As a company that delivers the energy we all need for our daily lives, there’s nothing that matters more to Enbridge than safe, healthy and sustainable communities,” says Enbridge’s Scott Ironside, director, operations, prairie region. “We don’t just operate in communities, we live in them. As good neighbours, we are committed to strengthening communities by supporting innovative programs that positively impact quality of life in our three focus areas — community, environment and safety.
“Our close partnership with Enbridge has helped provide patients in southern Saskatchewan have access to the best equipment and care available” says Lisa Green, vice-president, development, Hospitals of Regina Foundation. “The sky is the limit in what we can accomplish thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners like Enbridge, and we thank them for their commitment to making better health care a reality.”