Woodview Mental Health and Autism and Services became the 300th Smilezone built in Canada by the Smilezone Foundation at the grand opening on Wednesday, May 18.
The Smilezone Foundation transformed the main entrance waiting area, the family room, the community group room and the connecting hallways in the Brantford office.
The interactive spaces are designed to make children and families feel inspired and uplifted by the woodland themed murals, sensory development tools, and accessible and comfortable seating while waiting for appointments.
“We’re always looking for ways to make the experience as warm and welcoming for our kids, youth, adults and families that we serve,” said Flora Ennis, Woodview Director of Services and System Planning. “We are delighted with the Smilezone Foundation and what they do. They have truly transformed our space and have made it inviting for all.”
The Smilezone Foundation was created in 2012 by Scott Bachly and Adam Graves. The first Smilezone was installed in Mississauga and since then, 300 have been built across Canada.
“Smilezone does not change the way that children are treated,” Bachly said. “We do not provide equipment or rehabilitation options but what we are able to do is change the environment. We found that by adding vibrant colours, custom murals and technology, it is much more enjoyable for children to attend treatments.”
The spaces were installed in December, but the grand opening was delayed by the pandemic. Smilezone funded the project with support from Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, The Rotary Club of Brantford, The Harold E. Ballard Foundation, and the Bank of Montreal (BMO).
“Since the renovations in December, I have seen many positive impacts on the people we serve,” said Robyn Sharpe, a member of the Woodview intensive team. “I have spent a lot of time with clients exploring the space, they have referred to it as amazing, magical and so cool. You can’t walk through the building without a smile on your face.”
Woodview provides mental health and autism services and supports to more than 2,000 children, youth adults and families.