His bright eyes and warm smile tell the world that he is ready for anything, and young Nate has proven time and again that he is a wonder.

Born premature with collapsed lungs and brain injury, Nathan defied the odds in his earliest days and hasn’t let a diagnosis of cerebral palsy bring him down.  A special seating system, orthotics, and therapies that Variety has helped provide for has meant that Nate can explore the wonders of the environment around him every day.

Recently, Nate has taken his first assisted steps! This is a milestone that celebrates his determination, as well as, the tireless commitment and dedication of his parents Stephen and Robyn.

“You really can’t imagine the pride that I felt, and still feel, for my son that day,” said Stephen.

Variety is proud to be a part of Nate’s journey and celebrate with him the milestones he achieves every day!

Update: Nathan is continuing to amaze everyone with his progress and determination. Check out this video of him walking!


COVID-19 Update's Story


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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 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