Like any other child, Amelie is an active and happy girl who is friendly, bright, sometimes loud, and always lovely. Amelie is a wonderful and smart 30-month-old with Down syndrome and a heart defect. Her family’s goals are for her to be happy, healthy and integrated with other kids and the community.
Amelie lives in Coquitlam with her Mom and Dad who emigrated from Chile in 2016. She loves to dance, sing, paint, play in the park, explore and play instruments. Amelie’s family needed some help getting her the therapies that she needs to reach her full potential because she struggles with a heart condition, gross motor skills as well as speech.

Amelie presents with global developmental delay for which she sees a physical therapist, occupational therapist and speech-language pathologist. Her parents were eager to help her advance her motor skills. But, unfortunately, the local Child Development Centre could only see her every two months. This was inadequate for her to make progress in her motor skills. The family could not afford to provide private therapy for her. Luckily, Variety and donors stepped in to support.

Thanks to her physiotherapy funded by Variety last year, Amelie learned to walk on her own. She continues to need therapy to continue to meet milestones and make developmental strides, but her progress is steady and she has a great community of support.

A note from Amelie’s Mom

“We have so many victories to celebrate. Amelie is growing happy, healthy, and getting stronger. She was able to walk at 17 months which for a kid with Down syndrome is a significant accomplishment. We as parents are getting good guidance about education and support. At her physiotherapy she has been showing amazing progress, the therapies at the swimming pool are helping her get stronger legs, climb stairs, swim and jump. At her speech therapy, she is making progress with more sounds every time and copying words. Her sign language has improved a lot.

We want to say a big thank you to Variety and to the people who support this organization. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this amazing program, you can’t imagine how big it is for us to have your support. To see our girl happy and growing and healthy is the best gift ever. Amelie has Down syndrome but that is not what she is, she is an amazing girl and we are so proud to be her parents. With faith and support from us and good people as you, Amelie is growing to be an amazing person and contribute to society.” Alexandra, Amelie’s Mom

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at and the Government of Canada’s website at

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC