Celebrate #Cridge140 and win your way to Twestival!

PrintTwestival Victoria, a fundraiser organized by the social media community, has this year selected The Cridge Centre for the Family to be the recipient charity for an evening of glamour and fun Tuesday September 24 at the Bengal Lounge beginning at 7 pm.

The event has had amazing community-wide support, and promises to be a fabulous evening out including live music, a silent auction, and great door prizes. All of the details are available at http://victoria.twestival.com/.

The Cridge Centre also happens to be celebrating its 140th Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 23 – celebrating 140 years of service to Greater Victoria and The Cridge’s position as Western Canada’s oldest continuously serving charity. The back-to-back events are a fun combination of honouring our past and celebrating our future, and you can be a part of it.

Thanks to the generosity of a regular Cridge donor, we have two free Twestival tickets to give away, complete with Twag bags of donated gifts. Since Twestival is the brain-child of the social media community, we’re going to give the tickets to someone who helps celebrate #Cridge140 on Facebook or Twitter.

All you have to do to be entered into the random draw is:

Share a memory you have of The Cridge Centre or our predecessor The BC Protestant Orphans’ Home, commend someone you know who works or volunteers with us (now or in the past), or even ask a questin to learn about us. As long as your status is relevant and includes the hashtag #Cridge140, it’ll be counted in the draw.

We’ll make a draw from all selections on Monday, September 23 at 10:00 pm and let the winners know then, so keep your Tuesday evening open just in case you’re the lucky winner.

This contest is open to everyone in the online community, including board and society members, supporters, suppliers, clients, volunteers, staff,  and their families.

More than a Garden Shed: Service and Home and Abroad

If you ask them, Tony and Jan Zanon will tell you they’re just ordinary people. That may be true, if ordinary people travel to Mexico for mission-based building projects, or organize donations and a crew to make a difference here at home.

Tony and Jan are society members here at The Cridge Centre, who happened to read about The Cridge Brain Injury food programs in a recent edition of The Messenger. Seeing that the community garden needed a shed, they started making connections.

In Jan’s words, “We are from Colwood Pentecostal Church. The church paid for the materials for the shed. The labour was provided by members of the Mexico Mission Trip team heading out Nov/13 to build a house in Mexico for a needy family . . . we have been building sheds as a fundraiser for the trip. We wanted to give to our community as well when we heard of the garden program you have.”

Their team includes builders, carpenters, contractors, and just a few “ordinary” good people who are willing to do hard work. Over the course of a weekend, they built a firm foundation for the shed (no easy task on our uneven land), then made the shed tall, strong and secure.

Once the building was complete, Greg Goldberg, co-ordinator of The Cridge Brain Injury Services’ ‘Blue Sheet Club’ – a supportive environment where survivors of brain injuries learn, grow, and share with each other – and two club members finished the shed with a good coat of paint. As Greg reported afterwards, “The shed was completed today with great and inspirational help from Garratte and Mark. My assistants and I went out for some popsicles to celebrate. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to be productive-such an important gift during rehabilitation.”

Thanks to Jan and Tony Zanon for their leadership of this project. Thanks to everyone who showed up and pounded nails, cut wood, secured shingles, and got the job done. The difference you all made is a contribution far beyond the garden shed. God bless you as you bless the people around you.

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Community Cooking 2013

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Dates: Thursday September 12, to Friday December 20, 20113
Time:  9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Oaklands Chapel (2736 Fernwood Road – one block south of Hillside Avenue)

Program: A community kitchen is an arrangement where people get together to cook, have fun and support each other. This program is focused on growing people’s capacity to connect and contribute. Participants will be supported to start their own community kitchen and will learn new skills along the way.

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Participants: This program is for people living in the community recovering from a brain injury. Participants must be independent with transportation and must be ready to contribute and learn:

  • Cooking Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Teamwork
  • Nutrition
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Relationships

Please Contact:
Mark Fournier
250 479-5299

PDF version of this flyer to print and share: Community Cooking Start Info.

Buskers 2013

For the third year in a row we are welcoming the International Buskers Festival community performance program to The Cridge Centre for the Family. This year we will have three performance, all of which are open to the public.

Charlie Caper – Monday, July 22 at 1 pm

Charlie Caper is an international magician and winner of Sweden’s Got Talent. He’s also an experienced variety entertainer with a swing beat in his heart and a love for the good life.

Kif Kif – Wednesday, July 24 at 1 pm

“Kif-Kif” in French means “same-same.” This young duo of identical twins share their creativity in Quebec City and around the world. Humor, circus and twinship are at the heart of their original and interactive performances. Check out their energetic, family-friendly performance on their website.

Funny Bones – Friday, July 26 at 1 pm

Funny Bones were winners of the 2012 world buskers fest in New Zealand. Their act features rock ‘n’ roll lions, hat juggling, voice percussion, break-dancing, comedy mime, magic and slightly frightening yet hilarious giant puppets.

headstart salon keeps on giving

A welcoming environment, talented hair stylists, fantastic hair care products, and friendly staff… all of these descriptions fit the atmosphere of headstart hair salon perfectly. But what truly sets the staff of headstart apart is their deep commitment to making a difference for families of children with special needs.

For the past two years, owners Garry & Chris Preston and Assistant Manager Megan Stretch have supported The Cridge Respitality Program by raising funds through the Look Good : Do Good Cut-a-thon. This year, despite the busy-ness of an upcoming change of location, the staff of headstart dedicated themselves to a “Month of Respitality.”

For the entire month of May, the front of the shop was adorned with a Respitality display, and customers were invited to make a donation to the program. All Headstart customers were invited to put their name in a draw for an overnight stay courtesy of the Magnolia Hotel, a longtime partner of The Cridge Respitality Program.

We are so grateful to headstart and their clients for the $ 3,771 they have raised for The Cridge Respitality Program. And we wish them all the best as they move locations in July to 313 Cook Street, in the heart of Cook Street Village.

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The Cridge Nature Preschool

Victoria’s first all-outdoors nature preschool is coming to The Cridge Childcare Centre. 


“Let nature be your teacher”  William Wordsworth

This September will find eight adventurous four and five year olds, in the company of their early childhood educator and a support adult, exploring nature as it occurs in and around our city. Following the changing seasons in our Garry Oak meadow, watching the water move the rocks at Gonzalez Beach, and finding wildlife within city parks and greenspaces will all be an everyday part of this special curriculum.

Nature education is not simply about being outdoors – it provides children with an opportunity to interact with nature in a way that few urban children experience. With a belief that “there’s no bad weather, there’s only bad clothing,” the intrepid children and their leaders will sally forth as urban explorers to learn the special lessons of nature. Studies show that children who experience nature develop important critical thinking, team work, self-awareness, independence, agility, self management and risk taking skills.

The Cridge Nature Preschool featured on Shaw GO! Island

Planned for Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, The Cridge Nature Preschool will offer slightly extended hours in order to accommodate travel times, and – as with all Cridge Childcare Programs – will be inclusive of children with special needs. If you would like more information about The Cridge Nature Preschool, please email Paula West-Patrick or call (250) 995-6416.

Applications for September 2013 intake can be downloaded here..

The Cridge Nature Preschool featured on CHEK News Vital People.

Shimmy & Sweat to Benefit The Cridge Transition House for Women

Sacred Centre Dance studio is offering a series of a Shimmy & Sweat classes by donation each Wednesday between April 10 and May 8 from 7:30 – 8:30pm dance/fitness class. All funds collected will be donated to the Cridge Transition House for Women. 

Sacred Centre Dance studio is at #103 – 1011 Fort Street.

Look Good : Do Good Cut-a-thon Re-designed

The third annual look good : do good cut-a-thon sponsored by headstart hair design has been transformed. Instead of a one-day event, this year salon owners Chris & Garry Preston and manager Megan have created a month-long celebration of The Cridge Respitality Service.

In the past two years, the cut-a-thon has raised more than $3,500 to supoort families raising children with special needs. The month-long fundraiser promises to be even more successful. 

Please drop by headstart salon throughout the month of May to get a great hairstyle, restock your products cupboard, and support The Cridge Respitality Service. 

Straight from the Heart

This note, from Assistant Manager of Women's and Family Services Candace Stretch, accompanied this lovely photo on a recent email. The on-going gift of quilts from the Westshore Quilters Guild is a blessing to every woman and child who spends time at The Cridge Transition House for Women:


"Attached is a photo from the Westshore Quilters Guild show that I attended on Sunday, March 24. This photo is of me standing by the "Quilts from the Heart" display. Quilts from the Heart is what they call the initiative that they have to give quilts to every woman and child at The Cridge Transition House for Women.

The quilts that you see in the background (plus many more) are all set to be donated to CTHW in the coming days. I had a lovely time meeting the various quilters in the Guild. They are so touched by the stories that we have of the women and children who receive the quilts. They are also incredibly friendly and incredibly talented – some of the work they displayed should be in the Louvre!"

For women and children experiencing the upheaval of leaving their homes for temporary shelter in The Cridge Transition House for Women, the gift of a lovingly made and given quilt means more than just a warm night's sleep. These gifts are a show of love, encouragement, hope, and new beginnings.

Helmet Hair or Long-Term Care: You Choose

Greg Goldberg, a contractor in the Cridge Brain Injury Services program, was appalled to learn that a large number of teenagers and adults simply refuse to wear a helmet while riding their bikes. Greg states, “I was even more appalled to be informed that the prime reason causing fear amongst riders to wear a helmet was , prepare yourself, dreaded helmet hair.” Greg’s concern has spearheaded a unique and exciting province-wide sticker campaign scheduled for distribution in spring 2013.

Helmet_HairGreg’s shock and dismay with this all too common reason for not wearing a helmet is further fueled by his personal experience. Greg knows firsthand the challenges and struggle to regain life after being involved in a horrific car crash while driving to work in 1998. Although Greg’s injury was not bicycle related, the deficits and impact a brain injury had on his life mirrors hundreds, if not thousands, of people living with an acquired brain injury. Each year between 8,000 and 14,000 British Columbians acquire a brain injury resulting from an external blow to the head (e.g. concussion, bike crash, car crash, and falls), vascular injuries, anoxia, metabolic disease, brain tumors, brain atrophy, and poisoning. Following an extensive rehabilitation, Greg learned to adapt to his limitations and to be proactive in managing and structuring his life so he can enjoy it to the fullest.

The bike helmet laws in British Columbia are currently under attack. Riders are reluctant to wear a helmet for short trips and feel inconvenienced by carrying one around with them. Greg believes as a society we must come up with creative ways to convince bike riders that wearing a helmet is safe, fashionable and should be a common practice.

In reaction to this unfortunately growing, dangerous habit, Greg has inspired a partnership between The Cridge Centre for the Family and the British Columbia Brain Injury Association to design a unique sticker with a slogan that will certainly imprint itself on the target audience’s subconscious. The campaign’s goal is to spur bike riders and sports enthusiasts to become more safety conscious in regards to head protection.

We strongly believe that advocating for such a worthy cause will help prevent bike riders from suffering a life-altering disability. This campaign will build head injury protection awareness and help British Columbians to be safe.