One of the many spectacular new rooms in the new healing centre at the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter in Red Deer.

Children’s healing centre opens in Red Deer

  • Oct. 1, 2010 9:03 p.m.

The first children’s healing centre in a women’s shelter in Canada officially opened its doors in Red Deer Friday.

The new healing centre at the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter will help children process through the hardships they have endured.

“This is a very exciting day for us here,” said Ian Wheeliker, executive director of the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter. “It has been a vision and dream that has come to reality.”

The centre is located in the lower level of the current shelter.

Incorporated into the new healing centre is the Snoezelen room.

“Snoezelen is a relaxing therapeutic room for children who have high anxiety and high stress,” said Wheeliker. “We’re going to create a brighter space and we’re going to create a space where children are engaged in play.”

The room also includes a 3D non-violent pirate ship, a 3D teepee reading room, a relaxation space that available for moms to use to curl up with their children in front of a fireplace.

“We will also continue on our rhythm and drumming,” said Wheeliker. “Rhythmic rocking and rhythmic beat helps to relax humans and we’ve probably know this for thousands and thousands of years because moms have been rocking their babies for thousands of years.

“We are creating a warm, inviting and relaxing space.”

The healing centre also includes a teen room.

The teen room inclues lap tops, access to Skype, MSN Messenger and facebook as well as non-violent video games and television.

“Teens can also connect with their teachers to keep up on their schooling,” said Wheeliker.

The cost of the project is about $400,000.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Central Alberta dancers ‘shimmy’ for a great cause

Shimmy Mob will take place in more than 169 locations all over the world

Johnny 2 Fingers and the Deformities play The Vat April 27th

Moose Jaw band is on a 39-day national tour from Quebec City to Vancouver

Council highlights

Council to fund Rimbey Boys and Girls Club for $15,000

WATCH: Second annual Our Best To You Craft Sale on now

Red Deerians can expect over 150 artisans, makers and designers

Red Deer RCMP look for James Holley on warrants

Holley is believed to be in possession of firearms

WATCH: ‘Battle of the Badges’ event raises money for Humboldt Broncos

Red Deerians get together at charity hockey tournament April 20th at Servus Arena

‘When everybody leaves: Counselling key to help Humboldt move on after bus crash

Dealing with life after a tragedy can be the worst part following a loss

Half-naked shooter guns down four, runs away in Nashville Waffle House shooting

Nashville police say they are looking for Travis Reinking in connection with the shooting

Child’s body found in river downstream from where boy went missing during flood

Three-year-old Kaden Young was swept out of his mother’s arms in February

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

Speed Skating Canada fires coach Michael Crowe after investigation

Crowe was a coach on the American team from 1983 to 1991 and again from 1999 to 2006

5 things to know about the ongoing influx of asylum seekers in Canada

Number of illegal border crossings are up this year – as RCMP, military, politicians try to combat

Producer, DJ Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish-born artist Tim Bergling, was found in Muscat, Oman

Most Read