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Cumberland SMILE & SHINE


Located In Amherst
Where To Find Us
141 Victoria St, P O Box 997
Amherst, NS B4H 4E1
Areas Served Cumberland County
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Phone 902-667-8244
Contact Erin Jolly, Executive Director/Administrative Assistant
Alternate Contact Tina Rose
Description & Services
Information 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
Eligibility Ages: 3 year(s) - 21 year(s)
Hours Office hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please call ahead, as they are often out in the community at meetings or home visits.
Special Information
Established 1990
Tags Fundy Connect ; Inclusion & Access ; Personal Development ; Recreation Categories ; Swimming ; Youth