The Young Naturalist is a social enterprise, especially interested in assisting women and children in disadvantaged communities throughout Australia. It provides scientific nature programs to help children understand and connect with nature.
Sharing their excitement, Dr Aniuzka Kazandjian and Dr Fiona Benyon, the co-founders of The Young Naturalist said, “Our mission is to bring Australian biodiversity to life and connect children with nature by providing experiences in microscopic investigation, citizen science participation and hands-on creation of biodiverse habitats. The 2021 Canon Oceania Grant will enable us to ‘capture the moment’ our Young Naturalists make their first scientific nature discoveries, creating tangible memories of their connection with nature. Thanks to Canon, our Young Naturalists will be able to share their Nature discoveries with the world, by contributing their images to iNaturalist and the Atlas of Living Australia. The high-quality images captured with Canon cameras will also contribute to the creation of our Young Naturalist series of Natural Sciences books and field guides, assisting children to identify our unique Australian biodiversity. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Canon Australia for sharing The Young Naturalist’s vision to ‘nurture the future custodians of our Natural World’.”
Giant Steps Australia operates a school, as well as providing intervention and adult services for children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its transdisciplinary program combines occupational, speech and music therapy with special education and psychology.
“We’re very grateful to Canon for choosing Giant Steps Australia as one of its grant recipients,” said Andrew Frakes, Acting Principal, Giant Steps Australia. “Our work centres on facilitating learning for individuals with autism, many of whom are non-verbal and learn best with visual support. Using Canon’s equipment, we’ll be able to create purpose-built visuals and videos that are integral to improving communication between students and staff, carers and families. We’ll also develop content to be shared through our online resource platform ‘The Autism Hub’, to help support individuals with autism in the wider community.”
KidsXpress is a children’s mental health charity working to transform the lives of children impacted by adversity. It uses a trauma-informed Expressive Therapy program to promote healing in children under 12, as well as education services for those who care for them.
“When traumatised children are given the creative and emotional resources to work through problems as they arise, they’re able to turn these challenges into opportunities and build resilience,” said Margo Ward, CEO & Founder, KidsXpress. “Canon’s Grant will not only provide much needed equipment for our phototherapy sessions, it’ll enable us to invest in therapeutic resources including sensory tools and music instruments for our therapy centre and partner schools. We’re looking forward to putting our grant to use and I’d like to express our gratitude to Canon for selecting us as one of its recipients.”