Melissa’s Sunshine Camp Hosts Annual Art Exhibit to Honour National Intellectual Disability Week

Founded in 1993, Melissa’s Sunshine Camp provides an invaluable service to the Chateauguay Valley community.

Publié le 21 février 2017

MSC’s visit to Santa Village (in collaboration with HAECC).

©Sonia Viau

Local non-profit Melissa’s Sunshine Camp (MSC) will be honouring National Intellectual Disability Week (March 12th-18th) with an exhibition at Huntingdon’s The Little Green Library.

Titled “Another Point of View”, the showcase, presented in collaboration with the Chateauguay Valley Photo Club, will debut on Saturday, March 4th at 2:00 P.M., concluding on the 17th. Each work of art, lovingly created by a member of Melissa’s Sunshine Camp, explores the perspectives of the students.

Since 1975, the month of March has been reserved for National Intellectual Disability Week. This celebratory week is meant to increase disability awareness, educating people about both hidden and obvious disabilities, and the importance of having an understanding of both the former and latter. MSC Special Education Technician Sonia Viau explains: “It's a provincial event aimed at raising the awareness of people with intellectual disabilities and their families, but above all, breaking down the prejudices that are the main obstacles to their inclusion in the community.”

According to Viau, the mission of Melissa's Sunshine Camp mission is to provide activities and respite services for persons with intellectual disabilities with or without autism (ASD). For the past two years, Melissa’s Sunshine Camp has been located at 24 York Street in Huntingdon. Open Monday to Friday, the center offers services and activities for clients aged 21 years and over, as a result of a partnership between the CSSS and HAECC. Additionally, the organization has begun to offer respite to families with children aged four to 17 years of age on the weekends.

A History

Active since 1993, Melissa’s Sunshine Camp was originally founded by local Mary Shewchuk. Previously hosted on the Shewchuk family farm in Hinchinbrooke, the organization is named for one of Mary’s daughters, Melissa—who is still a very active member of the non-profit.

For more information, visit the non-profit’s Facebook page,