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

2016-17 Coordinators: Katie Scott, Amy Allison & Sam Donaldson

SMILE Schedule

Oct 1 First SMILE of Fall Session

Oct 8 NO SMILE, (Thanksgiving)

Oct 15 SMILE

Oct 22 SMILE

Oct 29 SMILE (Wear your Halloween costume!)

Nov 5 NO SMILE, (MTA Fall Break)

Nov 12 NO SMILE, (MTA Fall Break)

Nov 19 SMILE

Nov 26 SMILE, SHINE Bowling from 1 - 3

Dec 3 Last SMILE of Fall Session

Winter Session

Jan 14 First SMILE of Winter Session

Jan 21 SMILE, Skating 4:30-5:30 pm

Jan 28 SMILE


Feb 11 SMILE, Amherst Ramblers Hockey Game 7:00 PM

Feb 18 NO SMILE, Spring Break

Feb 25 NO SMILE, Spring Break


Mar 11 SMILE

March 18 SMILE

Mar 25 Last SMILE of Winter Session (Banquet immediately following)

April 1 SMILE Walk/Run in Sackville, more details to follow