Shining Through – A Collaboration to support Autism program


March 31, 2020 – – UPDATED MAY 7, 2020

With your support during the month of April, we were able to raise $5700 for the Shining Through Centre for Children with Autism!!

$1 from each can of Shining Through NE Pale Ale that was purchased went directly to helping assist with programs at the centre, like life-enhancing ABA therapy programs for children and youths with autism. This therapy will give the learners a chance to learn a wide variety of practical skills (how to brush their teeth, dress up, feed themselves), interpersonal skills (how to communicate verbally, how to express themselves appropriately, how to participate in social groups of loved ones or peers), adaptive skills (how to handle sensory overload, how to adapt to and manage transitions and new situations) and cognitive/academic skills (how to read, how to solve math problems, etc).

Thank you, GLB supporters, for helping us get to this number in the first of what we hope is many years of a healthy partnership with Shining Through.

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“This is no ordinary beer, it is an investment in the future of children and adults with autism. $1 from each beer sold goes towards the programs at the Shining Through Centre. Thank you for your support to help children and adults reach their fullest potential!”

We are excited about this beer – This collaboration – This new relationship.

Today, March 31st, we launched Shining Through New England Pale Ale on our online shop. A beer that was brewed with love and support for The Shining Through Centre for Children with Autism.

Back on March 13th, we welcomed staff members and two amazing individuals from the ‘Learn to Live’ program that Shining Through offers into the brewery. The ‘learners’ helped us load some malt into the mash, toured the brewery (they expressed a fascination with the colours and designs of our empty cans and also liked our kegs) and experienced the sights and sounds of GLB firsthand.

“From our first meeting, the energy from Great Lakes staff has been extremely positive. They have a genuine interest in learning about the history of Shining Through, our programs and the lives of the people we serve. We’re excited to collaborate with GLB in what we hope to be a long and exciting relationship,” said Tanya Pausch, Business Manager with Shining Through.

As mentioned, we are selling the beer on our online shop for free home delivery in the Toronto/Etobicoke area. We will only be selling it in 8pk and 24pk at $24 and $60 respectively.

$1 from each can purchased will go directly to life-enhancing ABA therapy programs for children and youths with autism. This therapy will give the learners a chance to learn a wide variety of practical skills (how to brush their teeth, dress up, feed themselves), interpersonal skills (how to communicate verbally, how to express themselves appropriately, how to participate in social groups of loved ones or peers), adaptive skills (how to handle sensory overload, how to adapt to and manage transitions and new situations) and cognitive/academic skills (how to read, how to solve math problems, etc),” Pausch mentions.

Peter Bulut, Owner and President of Great Lakes, said, “We’re extremely proud to work with Shining Through to help generate some dollars through the sale of this delicious Pale Ale to assist with their programming needs.”

He continued, “Our community means so much to us and everyone could use a little sunshine right about now.”

This 4.3% New England Pale Ale pours a very hazy dull yellow and is topped with a snowy white peak. Aromas of honeydew melon, white grape and mango are prominent with each sniff of the glass. Light to medium bodied with a soft yet noticeable bitterness, Shining Through NE Pale Ale offers subtle notes of fresh tangerine, more melon and a touch of lemon. Lots of flavour packed into a low abv offering.

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Shining Through was founded in 1999 by five families who had children with autism and no acceptable options for their education in the community. These families established Shining Through to help their children and others get quality ABA therapy tailored to their needs. Today, we’re 4 centres strong across the GTA enhancing the lives of those affected by autism.


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