Entries by Shannon Whissell

2nd annual look good : do good cut-a-thon

The second annual look good : do good cut-a-thon sponsored by headstart hair design will take place Sunday, March 4, 2012 from noon until 4 pm.  This great event is sponsored by salon owners Chris & Garry Preston. Salon manager Megan, along with 8 other professional stylists, will provide great basic cuts for a minimum suggested […]

Brain Injury Series on CBC One

This week, All Points West on CBC Radio One in Victoria is featuring a series of conversations about brain injury. Interviewees include survivors of brain injury, doctors, family members, and professionals working in the field. Janelle Breese Biagioni, community services coordinator for The Cridge Brain Injury Services, shares her experience of the impact brain injury has on […]

A Christmas Message of Peace

  This devotional opened our December management team meeting, and I thought it would make a great Christmas message for all of you. As we near the 'big' day, let's remember the true message of Christmas comes in a whisper. By the way, the original for this devotional was found at The Electronic Hymnal and appears […]

A Blessed Respitality Morning

This morning we held the first annual 'Stuff the Stocking for Respitality' fundraiser, and what an event it was. When you schedule a community event from 7:30 – 10:30 in the morning, it's a bit of a question as to who will show up. And when it's a brand new, never tried before event, the […]

Breaking Bread with COBS

'Breaking bread' is a phrase that conjures so many feelngs and images – it indicates fellowship, nourishment, and sharing. It's a comforting statement that goes beyond mere food to taking care of one another in community.  Each week, Cobs Bread bakeries everywhere support up to seven local charities with the gift of fresh bread. At […]

“Bungalow” is another word for Home

This summer The Cridge Centre for the Family made a new friend – Bungalow, a charming home and gift store in Estevan Village in Oak Bay. Bungalow began donating some of their fine house wares, stationery, jewelry, and ornaments after Assistant Manager of Women’s & Family Services, Candace Stretch – who also happens to be […]

What is “Philanthropy”?

  Today I attended the local National Philanthropy Day events: a breakfast, a workshop, and an evening gala. In the morning workshop, Andrea McManus, one of Canada's top fundraising professionals, made great distinctions between philanthropy, development and fundraising, and she emphasised how important it is that we focus on the former. It sounded good, but I […]