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Children's Treatment Network launches strategic plan in Barrie

All kids and youth who attended the event at the Common Roof took home one of the first printed copies of the book
Families have fun with LEGO at Children’s Treatment Network’s strategic plan launch event at the Common Roof in Barrie on Oct. 19.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) launched their new strategic plan with a free evening of family fun.

The flagship event was hosted at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Vaughan Mills with over 170 kids, youth and adults in attendance. Attendees experienced all that LEGOLAND Discovery Centre has to offer in their wheelchair-accessible environment, including rides, LEGO displays, playgrounds, build centres and more. CTN also hosted a strategic plan launch event in Barrie, featuring a LEGO master builder, as well as a virtual event for those who could not attend in person.

As a part of the celebration, CTN also launched its first-ever storybook called The Magic Key. The story was inspired by the new strategic plan, as well as the kids, youth and families that CTN serves. It delivers the main tenets of the strategic plan through a heartwarming, fun and magical story. The story was written by a CTN staff member and is illustrated by the extremely talented Abigail Roscoe. Identifying as a disabled artist, who aims to challenge ableism in her work, Abigail was the perfect fit for this special project.

All kids and youth who attended the event took home one of the first printed copies of the book. We are also planning to have the storybook translated into several languages, including braille, and making it available to families in the near future. Attendees of all three events were treated to a special reading of The Magic Key by Jack, who receives services from CTN, and his mom, Erin. Check out their video here.

“When we started to envision what our strategic plan would look like, we knew it needed to focus our work with the people who are most important in our network: the kids, youth and families we serve, as well as employees, partners and volunteers,” said Karen Eisler, chief executive officer, CTN. “The new strategic plan has been created with feedback and recommendations from families and now we can tell the story that truly reflects our new vision of better together.”

For more information about our new strategic plan, click here.