Our Mission Statement:
The Project Friendship is a registered charity that was founded in 1989 by Bob Harkins, under the guidance of Professor John McKnight from the Northwestern University in Illinois. The charity connects people isolated with various disabilities into the community, by encouraging the citizens of Prince George to welcome them into their local associations. Connections help isolated people develop meaningful relationships and gain valuable experiences.
The charity endeavours to build a stronger community, one where everyone participates. Community acceptance and appreciation comes through personal contributions, by sharing our abilities, dreams, interests and experiences in the community.
Community Connections: (examples, names changed)
|NAME (& SPECIAL NEED)||ABILITY/INTERESTS||CONNECTION|
|Alice (Intellectual Disability)||Champion hugger, great kitchen helper, loves kids||Daycare volunteer. All 3-5 year olds need hugs. Here we have a champion hugger|
|Brian (Downs Syndrome)||Wanted to go to church,enjoys people||Attends church, folds bulletins for services, cleans sanctuary, and ushers|
|Joe (Schizophrenic)||Hockey||Door attendant and usher|
|Bob (Paraplegic/Brain Injured)||Baseball, spectator sports||Score keeper|
|Susan (Lupus/Stroke)||Art||Volunteers and participant at art school|
|John (Multiple Disabilities)||Classical music||Attends concerts with other music lovers, is a number one fan and supporter.|
PG Connector Directory:
Since 1993, the Project Friendship Society and College of New Caledonia have produced five issues of the "The PG Connector, A Guide to Local Clubs & Interest Groups". Each directory listed hundreds of local clubs and inspirational human-interest stories.
We hope you enjoy our new website, which includes all the wonderful stories previously published and a venue for new stories to be collected. We also hope to inspire you to value the abilities of people with special needs and encourage you to welcome them into your community.
The Project Friendship Society would like to thank the following for sponsoring the development of our website.