SMILE—Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience)

SMILE is a Saturday morning gym and swim program available for children and youth who have special needs ages 3-21 years. We have over 55 children participate each year. The program is offered to those who may otherwise not be able to participate in typical recreation programs due to their unique developmental needs. Each child is paired with a dedicated volunteer student from Mount Allison University to enjoy a wonderful morning at the YMCA. We provide specialized equipment and the one-on-one support the children need to fully participate in the program. The program offers so much to the families, children and volunteers. It is a respite break for the parents, a chance for family connections, a recreational and social experience for the children and a great leadership experience for the Mount Allison University students.

SMILE is a partnership program with the Cumberland YMCA as they graciously donate the use of their facility, and with Mount Allison University as all 60 volunteers are from Mt. A.

For more information please call the Cumberland Smile & Shine Program office 902-667-8244 or email: or

2017-18 Coordinators: Amy Allison, Sam Donaldson & Robyn Brown

SMILE Schedule

Fall Session

September 30 First SMILE of Fall Session

October 7 NO SMILE, (Thanksgiving weekend)

October 14 SMILE

October 21 SMILE

October 28 SMILE (Wear your Halloween costume!)

November 4 NO SMILE (MTA Fall Break)

November 11 NO SMILE (MTA Fall Break/Remembrance Day)

November 18 SMILE SHINE Bowling 1-3

November 25 SMILE

December 2 Last SMILE of Fall Session

Winter Session

January 13 First SMILE of Winter Session

January 20 SMILE, Skating tentative date

January 27 SMILE

February 3 SMILE

February 10 SMILE, SHINE event - Tentative (YMCA, 6-8 pm)

February 17 NO SMILE, Mt. A Winter Break

February 24 NO SMILE, Mt. A Winter Break

March 3 SMILE

March 10 SMILE

March 17 Last SMILE of Winter Session (Banquet immediately following until 2 p.m.)

March 24 SMILE Walk/Run in Sackville, more details to follow