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 Dreamcatcher's History

Dreamcatcher has been in existence since June 21, 2003. The idea of running such a program was born by a move to the country, a deep love for animals, and a love for people who require extra help to reach their full potential.

Animal-assisted and nature-assisted therapies are fairly new to Canada but the research conducted on the benefits of such therapy is remarkably supportive. Dreamcatcher was established with the hopes of being able to provide a naturally therapeutic setting for those who have difficulty in their everyday lives and have not yet found a way to deal with their issues. The unconditional love and honesty of animals, the healing power of nature and the reality of farm life, combined with the expertise of on-site therapists are the tools utilized to help those in need to reach their goals.

The name Dreamcatcher was chosen from a list of 200 creatively devised ideas. Once this enormous list was narrowed down to 4 names, the names were distributed to 15 children between the ages of 6 and 12. The most popular of the 4 was Dreamcatcher and when asked why, nearly all the children in the survey suggested it meant "catching dreams." With no intent on choosing an aboriginal name, the response from the children and the fact that the legend dreamcatcher's purpose is to catch the bad dreams while allowing the person sleeping to receive the good dreams, it became a perfect representation for what the organization was hoping to accomplish: our Dreamcatcher will hold the bad stuff while you take away the good stuff.

Dreamcatcher serves hundreds of families a year and works with more than 40 province-wide agencies who takes part in the many programs offered at Dreamcatcher. The response from the community has been one of enthusiasm, with many volunteers offering to help in any way possible. Dreamcatcher's clients and their caregivers have expressed overwhelming appreciation and support for the work that Dreamcatcher does.

Dreamcatcher has been in existence since June 21, 2003. The idea of running such a program was born by a move to the country, a deep love for animals, and a love for people who require extra help to reach their full potential.

Animal-assisted and nature-assisted therapies are fairly new to Canada but the research conducted on the benefits of such therapy is remarkably supportive. Dreamcatcher was established with the hopes of being able to provide a naturally therapeutic setting for those who have difficulty in their everyday lives and have not yet found a way to deal with their issues. The unconditional love and honesty of animals, the healing power of nature and the reality of farm life, combined with the expertise of on-site therapists are the tools utilized to help those in need to reach their goals.

The name Dreamcatcher was chosen from a list of 200 creatively devised ideas. Once this enormous list was narrowed down to 4 names, the names were distributed to 15 children between the ages of 6 and 12. The most popular of the 4 was Dreamcatcher and when asked why, nearly all the children in the survey suggested it meant "catching dreams." With no intent on choosing an aboriginal name, the response from the children and the fact that the legend dreamcatcher's purpose is to catch the bad dreams while allowing the person sleeping to receive the good dreams, it became a perfect representation for what the organization was hoping to accomplish: our Dreamcatcher will hold the bad stuff while you take away the good stuff.

Dreamcatcher serves hundreds of families a year and works with more than 40 province-wide agencies who takes part in the many programs offered at Dreamcatcher. The response from the community has been one of enthusiasm, with many volunteers offering to help in any way possible. Dreamcatcher's clients and their caregivers have expressed overwhelming appreciation and support for the work that Dreamcatcher does.

 
  

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
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