Entries by Joanne Specht

Gorge Vale Golf Club Gives Great Golf Gift

by Candace Stretch It is amazing when unexpected doors open to the families we serve. In the spring we were approached by Andy Reljic, who runs the youth programs at Gorge Vale Golf Club. A member of the golf club had sponsored 5 youth golf memberships, and he wanted to offer them to our Cridge […]

The Early Days of The Home

by Monica Hammond Many of the men who came through Victoria on their way to the Fraser River gold rush left children behind. The Sisters of St. Ann took in 161 orphans in the first ten years after coming to Victoria in 1858. They continued to support the growing number of homeless children into the […]

Scarlet Fever in Fort Victoria

by Monica Hammond Scarlet fever hit Victoria in 1864 and 1865. Mary and Edward Cridge lost four children during that tragic time: Frederick, who was a 10-month-old baby when he died; Edward, aged 7 years; Eber, who was 6 years old; and little Grace, aged two. A few years later, in 1868, many children in […]

Blue Sheet Club

by Greg Goldberg — Founder of The Blue Sheet Club The Blue Sheet Club is a group that meets weekly at Mary Cridge Manor, and is a program of The Cridge Centre for the Family Brain Injury Services. At The Blue Sheet Club, we strive to improve the quality of life for those impacted by brain injury. […]

Racism in early Victoria

by Monica Hammond 35 Africans who were on board the steamship Commodore, which pulled into Victoria Harbour in April 1858, decided to make Victoria their home. Edward Cridge visited the ship and discovered that one of the families was Christian. He invited them to join his congregation at Christ Church. This shocked some of the […]

Fort Victoria Welcomes the Cridges

by Monica Hammond There were about 200 settlers living in Victoria when Edward and Mary Cridge arrived in 1855, and about 600 settlers on Vancouver Island. The Cridges lived in Fort Victoria for their first year, while their parsonage was being built. Very early in their lives in this new community, they became aware of […]

Who were Edward and Mary Cridge?

by Monica Hammond Edward Cridge was born in England in 1817. His mother died when he was quite young, so he was raised in a single-parent family. After grammar school, Edward went on to get a degree in mathematics. In the same year that he got his degree, he passed a theological exam and was […]

Travel Back in Time with us!

Have you ever wondered why we are called The CRIDGE Centre for the Family? Or wondered how this organization was started? Maybe you want to know about the history of our gorgeous building and property? Over the next several months, we will be posting short excerpts from the book The Home: Orphans’ Home to Family […]