Bill Dyck, 3 has some fun balancing an envelope containing money that he donated to the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre as Amelia Rutledge, 4, and Otis, the centre’s mascot, look on. They money was raised at Bill and his sister Eloise May’s combined birthday party. They asked for cash donations to the centre instead of gifts. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Lessons in kindness and sharing at OSNS centre

Penticton children donate birthday money to OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre

For the parents of three-year-old Bill Dyck and his one-year-old sister Eloise May, one of life’s most important lessons is learning to share with others.

The children recently had a combined birthday party attended by about 30 of their friends and family.

Father Ian Dyck and mom Bobbi Kennedy decided that instead of presents for their kids, they would ask guests to make a cash donation to the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre.

On Feb. 25, Dyck along with his son Bill and grandmother Patt Dyck dropped off an envelope with the birthday party donation to centre executive director Manisha Willms.

“We’re just practicing our sharing right now and OSNS is just such a good cause,” Dyck said.

“They have plenty of things and don’t need anything else.”

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The gifting of the money was particularly moving for the centre’s executive director.

“What a cool thing. There’s just so many heart warming stories here at OSNS but when a child is sharing with other children, that’s just so special,” said Willms.

“There’s so much going on in the world right now and teaching kindness to kids and the importance of sharing and the importance of thinking of others that can start at two or three or four years of age, it’s just a special gift.”

The money donated by the children will go to help support the many programs offered through the centre, which helps thousands of children throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

The goal of OSNS is to maximize the developmental growth and emotional health and creative capacity of children through early intervention initiatives.



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