It’s okay to be sensitive


For the 3rd straight year a very special event happened at the Station Mall Sunday morning when not a creature was stirring.

20151213_110530_resizedIt’s under that peace and quiet that “Sensitive Santa” occurs. The mall is closed to all except for the little ones with autism. For 65 children it was their time to meet with Santa with no disturbances and distractions such as crowds, music and the regular hustle and bustle of the season that can be stressful for children with Autism.

20151213_111508_resizedOwen Finlayson and his dog Lewis. Since May the two have bonded says Owen. “He goes everywhere with me, He calms me and keeps me safe.” Lewis comes from the Loins Foundation of Canada dog guides.

20151213_111220_resizedSensitive Santa is made possible by the Algoma Autism Foundation for families touched by ASD (autism spectrum disorder). The event is sponsored by the Station mall and Northwood Funeral Home, Tim Hortons, Olar Photography and Stackable.