Spaces designed to reduce stress, improve experience

Campbell takes part in the Army run with his father, Bertran, and mother, Joanna. He uses his wheelchair throughout the race, but every year he’s done it, Campbell exits his wheelchair to take the last few steps across the finish line. “This takes much hard work and determination for him. We are so proud of Campbell and all he achieves each day,” says Joanna.


“It’s been a gift,” Joanna says about her experience with CHEO – OCTC.

Joanna and her husband Bertran are parents to nine-year-old Campbell, who has cerebral palsy and is deaf-blind. For Campbell, a day at CHEO involves visits to many different clinics and therapy rooms. The days he spends at CHEO are, in a word, hectic. During a busy and stressful time, solace can be something as simple as a calm midday break. It is not only an opportunity to eat lunch, but a chance for mom and dad to slow down, connect with their son and reset for the afternoon.

“Campbell is unsettled quite easily in busy, noisy spaces. Eating in a crowded space adds stress,” Joanna says.

So, during day clinics they avoid the crowded cafeteria.

“Germs are a real concern for us; Campbell cannot risk getting sick,” she adds.

Joanna is hopeful for a place that’s quieter and more germ-free than an over-packed cafeteria.This would work for Campbell, but also for other children and youth with conditions that make them super sensitive to chaotic environments. And Joanna welcomes the idea of one door:

“Being under one roof would certainly simplify our world.”

The Solution: a new building with more attractive, updated, controlled and calmer spaces, to make sure Campbell and Joanna have a stress-free experience while accessing the services he needs in one place.