Sixteen youth with developmental disabilities got the chance to visit the Deltaport container terminal this month as part of port-sponsored program with Reach Child and Youth Development Society.
The youth, members of a Global Container Terminals (GCT) Canada-sponsored respite group, and seven Reach staff were hosted at GCT Canada’s office by operations manager Ryan Thomas before hopping on a bus for tour of the port itself.
“GCT was so generous with their time and contributions during our tour. The youth and staff thoroughly enjoyed it,” GCT TEENSS program coordinator Denise Sheridan said in a Reach Society press release.
The GCT TEENSS program offers social interaction, activities, and outings to youth with special needs aged 12-18. GCT agreed to sponsor the program for three years in 2018.
“We’re proud to be part of the Delta community and helping it reach its full potential by sponsoring the GCT TEENSS, a very special program offered by Reach that supports the optimal development of vulnerable youth,” Eric Waltz, president of GCT Canada, said in a press release.
According to the release, the outing at the terminal is indicative of the increased number of activities and trips made possible by the GCT sponsorship that the youth might not otherwise experience. The funds also give the program a number of years of predictable funding, allowing it to expand and serve more youth in the community.