Entries by Joanne Specht

Volunteering is life changing

My volunteer experience with The Cridge Centre for the Family Dovetail Program and The Cridge Transition House for Women has been a life changing and fulfilling experience. I decided last year, later in life, that I wanted to make a career change into the social work field. I search extensively to pick an organization that […]

From Abuse to Respect

by Marlene Goley Amber tried for years to leave her abusive husband.  It was so hard. There was never enough money and she needed help with the children.  She returned to her abusive husband again and again.  Child protection workers said Amber could not protect her children from witnessing the abuse she endured at the […]

Canada 150: Seniors and Student Story Quilt

by Vicki Melville Bathurst It was a Canada 150 Celebration, a project to join the generations, the young and the old, to make something that reminded them of being a Canadian. With The Cridge Seniors’ Centre Activity Coordinator,  Alison at the helm, and Nancy as the official quilter, twenty-five grade 4 and 5 students from […]

Young Parent Outreach Program

Alison was 18 when she connected with Nicole and The Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program. She was pregnant and felt isolated and hopeless. Nicole helped her connect to a midwife and other community supports. Alison had stable housing and was managing all right by the time baby Krista was born. Alison stayed connected to Nicole […]

Neighbour Day at The Cridge Centre for the Family

By Candace Stretch On May 7th, many of us who live and work in Cridge housing, gathered to celebrate Neighbour Day. Neighbour Day is a Community Action Project of Leadership Victoria which encourages folks to “meet and greet the people with whom we share our neighbourhood, fences, and walls.” What a wonderful opportunity for us […]

Building Bridges Builds Connections

By Marlene Goley Cridge Young Parent Outreach Program received a grant from Coast Capital to provide a monthly group we’ve called Building Bridges.  Here is a story about one of the young moms who has been attending. Laura is a young mom with two young daughters. Laura had a very fractured relationship with her parents […]

Courtenay and Ben and Autism

By Courtenay Meridew When I accepted a position at The Cridge Centre for the Family as a Support Worker, I had no idea the amount of compassion, community and diversity I would encounter. My first day was filled with friendly coworkers and warm welcomes. My favorite of course being from my supported child, Ben. Ben […]

Volunteering at The Cridge Transition House

By Vicki Melville Bathurst I met up with Marj during her four hour shift at The Cridge Transition House for Women (hereafter to be referred to as The House). Unlike the open door policy that I was becoming accustomed to, this is a gated home whose whereabouts is kept strictly confidential. It is a massive, stately […]

Volunteering for Survive-Strive-Thrive

By Vicki Melville Bathurst An acquired brain injury is caused from a blow to the head, or a medical issue or illness. An individual does not have to lose consciousness to sustain a brain injury. The numbers and long term effects of brain injury are staggering. It is estimated that up to 1.3 million Canadians […]

Mimi’s Happy Volunteers

By Vicki Melville Bathurst Any discussion of the group of volunteers I spoke with this week has to start with Mimi Davis. Not only were most of the volunteers drawn to the program through the sheer passion and enthusiasm of Mimi herself, but she is also the woman who began the program seventeen years ago. […]