Multiple Births Awareness Day 2013 at Canada's Wonderland!
Put on your most comfy walking shoes, gather your whole family and all your friends and come join us on Sunday June 2nd as we celebrate Multiples Births Awareness Day 2013! After last year’s great turn-out, we decided there's no better way to celebrate this year’s National Multiple Births Awareness Day (NMDAB) theme than with our wonderful Multiples community again! Don’t miss this great opportunity for your family to meet other multiple-birth families from across Southern Ontario and maybe even some from further out! Join us for a fun and thrill-packed day at Canada's premier amusement park – Canada's Wonderland!
The theme this year - You're not alone! Canada's multiple-birth community is here to support you - is the perfect theme for spending the celebration of this great day with the multiple-birth community. This community is made up of great mentors, experienced parents and new parents as well, all of whom are here to support others through the busy but wonderful life that we all live. By sharing our experiences and meeting locally, and connecting when possible with far-away members (like at Wonderland!), we are supporting each other and helping to strengthen each other’s ability to be the best-informed and capable parent of a multiple-birth family.
The Twins Plus Association of Brampton has arranged for this memorable day, complete with discounted tickets for admission and a buffet lunch in the Courtyard for all our ticket holders. Your buffet lunch will be served in the Courtyard from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. The menu includes: Regular & vegetarian hot dogs and burgers, grilled chicken, macaroni & cheese, three assorted salads and hot and cold beverages. The invitation is extended to our sister chapters of Multiple Births Canada and all multiple-birth families across Canada! Let's make this a HUGE event - discounted ticket prices can be extended to our friends and family as well, so ask everybody you can think of!
To purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE and log into the system with the username and password provided to you by your local multiples chapter or by MBC. If you still have not received the Username and Password, please email Nina at email@example.com and she will send you the info by email.
Regular Admission & Picnic Combo $41.75
guests 3 - 59 who are 48" and taller
Junior/Senior Admission & Picnic Combo $36.75
guests 60+ and guests 3+ under 48"
Regular Picnic ONLY ticket - for Seasons Pass Holders $15.76
Junior/Senior Picnic ONLY ticket - for Seasons Pass Holders $10.76
Parking - Day Pass $15.00
Dinosaurs Alive $5.65
Posted by Lori Oldfield on May 30, 2013
This year marks the 9th annual celebration of National Multiple Births Awareness Day. Over the years Multiple Births Canada has drawn attention to some pretty heavy themes; on reflection, I can honestly say now they were quite ambitious themes, considering the extent of MBC’s human and financial resources. I think it might have something to do with the culture we “multiple-birth families” thrive in: anything is possible, if we set our minds to it.
Together we’ve focused our energy on enlightening the public to the need for extended parental leave – and while we might not be there yet, we certainly have made a huge impact with this theme over the years. Together we’ve spotlighted the need for improved education for couples dealing with fertility issues, to ensure they are given proper counselling on the risks of a multiple pregnancy, before they get pregnant – and with the help of our partners we are now reaching these couples with valuable information produced by MBC and distributed by fertility specialists. Together we have reached out and informed educators about classroom placement for multiples in school, enlightened prenatal instructors on recommended curriculum for multiple-birth families, and provided outreach materials for medical professionals overseeing multiple pregnancies.
It’s pretty exciting isn’t it? We can do this because we are Canada strong – many volunteers from across our country have independently shared these messages and the collective effort has had a huge impact! Multiple Births Canada understands the importance in sharing resources and working together to support each other. In 1978, 35 years ago, parents of multiples, saw how much more we could do as a united community. They joined together to found our national organization knowing their work would benefit others. Pause and think about that. It was all about what they could do for other families. Their goal, and our goal, is to reach out and lighten the load for others so that they don’t have to stumble in the dark.
This year’s theme is - You're not alone - Canada's multiple-birth community is here to support you.
Every year there are close to 6,000 multiple pregnancies in Canada. We know that only a fraction of these families find out about MBC Affiliate Organizations (Chapters) or other multiple-birth groups. We need to do better. We need to reach every couple at the early stages of their multiple pregnancies so that we can provide them with the support and educational resources they need to make their journey easier. We can reach them by creating awareness of who Multiple Births Canada is and what we do. That outreach can be as simple as wearing burgundy ribbons during the weeks leading up to and after May 28th.
Families with twins should each wear two ribbons on their shirt, families with triplets should each wear three ribbons, etc. The ribbon’s message – You're not alone - Canada's multiple-birth community is here to support you. Please wear them, and be prepared to explain why you’re wearing them. Let others know that you are proud to be part of Canada’s multiple-birth community and you can help make a difference for others.
Consider answering the question – “How does belonging to my Chapter or non-affiliate multiple-birth group make a difference for me (and my family).” Share your personal experience via Facebook, on your group’s website, or as a letter to the editor in your community’s newspaper, etc.
And, if you’re planning a local National Multiple Births Awareness Day event, like a picnic, or walk, or visit to a park, invite journalists from your community to join you. Take the opportunity to introduce this year’s theme, have parents speak about their individual experiences as a member of Canada’s multiple-birth community, and hand out the National Multiple Births Awareness Day communication materials.
Do as little or as much as you can. You can make a difference!
Posted by Gail Moore on May 15, 2013