If you’re looking for a place to relax and de-stress in Whitecourt, then look no further than Echo Society’s Snoezelen Room.
The Snoezelen Room is a therapeutic space meant to relax and/or stimulate a person’s senses through the use of calming sounds, light effects, comfortable seating, interaction and engagement with a variety of sensations.
The sensory rooms are proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and aggression, and are ideal for those with mental health issues, autism, ADHD, or other sensory, physical or intellectual disabilities from infancy to senior age.
The Snoezelen Room first opened in 2003, and Echo Society is trying to get the word out to residents that the room is available for them to use.
Echo Society’s Executive Director, Louise Meier says they held an open house last week to give residents a chance to try the room out.
People can call the Echo Society and book an appointment to use the room for up to an hour. It does cost $7.50 to use the room each visit, and that is because the room itself is expensive to run, with operating costs of $50,000 to $70,000.
Echo Society is looking to expand the Snoezelen Room in the near future. Costs for that could be in the $100,000 range. To help with the initiative, Echo will be holding a fundraiser on June 22nd, called Summer Soul Event. The event is in partnership with the Travelodge and will be held at the Whitecourt Community Centre. There will be cocktails, a dinner, dance, and live and silent auctions, with multiple $100 prizes and a grand prize of up $8,500.
Tickets are on sale for $100 each or $1000 for a table of 10. For tickets, you can contact Gail Lenko at 780-706-5320, or Echo Society at 780-778-2660.