Clover Creek Learning Centre (CCLC) is a not-for-profit organization located in Winkler, Manitoba.

CCLC offers Social Interactive Play Sessions which focus on building relationships and developing skills such as socialization and life skills with children on the Autism Spectrum.

According to the Government of Canada website, approximately 1 in 66 children and youth in Canada are diagnosed with ASD. With limited resources available in the Pembina Valley, the motivation of CCLC has been to provide these much needed resources to people locally. With consideration of the emotional and financial challenges for families that accompany an ASD diagnosis, the CCLC will offer flexible payment options in an effort to make CCLC an option for all who are in need of its services. With a local presence for these resources, there is great potential to break down many barriers through relationships and education.

How It All Started

With CCLC being designed and run by a family that is directly connected to ASD, it is our hope that you and your child can feel loved and supported as a member of the CCLC family every time you walk through our doors.

The vision and drive for the CCLC was originated by John Loewen and his family. They have a grandson/son who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of three years old. Throughout their journey, they have faced many different challenges. Where to go for initial support, what services and therapies are available, along with limited access to these supports and services locally. Being one of many families in the area that can relate to these challenges, it became clear that something had to be done to meet these needs. With emotional and financial support from many people in Pembina Valley, the CCLC was created and is growing to meet the needs of children and families affected by ASD.

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Meet The Team

  • Nolan Martens of Clover Creek Learning Centre

    Nolan Martens
    Director

    “I am excited to work alongside families and build relationships with our students. The resources that CCLC has to offer can help set our students up for success in school, at home and in their everyday lives.”

    Nolan recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, along with a Bachelor of Education. Nolan’s gentle and friendly nature has allowed him to connect strongly with kids throughout his life. He has gained vast experiences through his teaching practices, getting the opportunity to teach students from grades K-12 with a wide range of abilities.
    The experience that has inspired Nolan the most however is his relationship with his nephew Kingston, who is on the Autism Spectrum. Over the last few years, Nolan has been able to practice different teaching strategies with Kingston during their respite sessions together. This experience of working with Kingston, has given Nolan the realization that he would love to focus his education towards more children who are also on the Autism Spectrum.

    Nolan is highly motivated and is very excited to be an educator at the Clover Creek Learning Centre. Nolan’s role at the CCLC is to help children on the Autism Spectrum increase their interactive attention span, creating opportunities for future learning and development. He will also provide parents with teaching strategies so that families can continue on this journey while away from the CCLC as well.

    If you wish to look further into the CCLC, please book an appointment. Nolan would be happy to show you around the facility and answer any questions you may have about the program.

  • Donica Blatz
    Autism Support Educator

    "I believe effectively supporting and empowering students in their learning is important. I am excited to collaborate with students and families, and create empowering learning opportunities for students to thrive in."

    Donica grew up in southern Manitoba and recently graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, focusing on creating inclusive and strengths-based learning environments for learners. She has 14 years experience in the field of education and has worked with students ranging from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. She considers it a privilege to be part of the Clover Creek Learning Center’s Team, and looks forward to connecting with parents and students.

  • Kim Hiebert
    Autism Support Educator

    "I am passionate about helping children thrive in their environment and give them a voice. I am honoured to be involved with Clover Creek Learning Centre and can’t wait to see where this journey takes me."

    I grew up in Morden, Manitoba where I am still residing today. I am married to my husband Kerwin and we have been together for 17 years. We are blessed with two wonderful dogs, Elvis and Daisy who always keep us on our toes. I have been involved in the childcare industry for 14 years. I love working alongside kids and watching them thrive. I am truly blessed to be here at Clover Creek Learning Centre and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.

  • Ashton Krahn
    Family Support/Advocacy

    “My story is still being written but I can’t wait to see where, and how, our stories will meet.”