Ride for Refuge is coming!!!

On a cool October day last Fall, over 300 cyclists set out on the Ride for Refuge. It was cloudy and threatened rain, but the cyclists — some in full cycling gear, others with bikes that looked like they hadn’t been ridden in a decade — were not put off. They were riding for the greater good. Each of them came with a purpose and a charity they were passionate about supporting. Seventeen local charities who work with the displaced, the vulnerable and the exploited benefited that day — over $100,000 was raised and an excellent new event for Victoria was started.

Not only was that an exciting day for the community, but it was also a rewarding day for the organizers who had laboured to plan the event and make it happen. And this year will be no different — already  we are making lists (and checking them twice), mapping out routes (and cycling them) and looking for volunteers to help us make this year’s ride another fabulous event. We are currently seeking people to take on leadership roles, to lead teams and to get involved with the grass roots planning of the event.  If you have a couple hours a week to give, and a heart for making this a fabulous event, please contact Joanne (250 995 6419) or jspecht@cridge.org to discuss how to get involved. We are so excited about this event — and we need your help to make it happen!


To see photos of last years ride and get more info about how it all works, check out this link

2015 Ride for Refuge on Saturday, October 3 — Mark your calendar!


The Cridge Centre Ride for Refuge

The Cridge Centre for the Family is THRILLED to be the host partner for the first Ride for Refuge in Victoria, BC, taking place October 4, 2014. The Ride for Refuge is a non-competitive family- friendly ride that raises money for charities that support the exploited, vulnerable and displaced.

Will you join us? We need you, and our clients need you too! What could be better than all of us squeezing into our spandex (optional!) and sweating together while raising money for The Cridge Centre for the Family?


How You Can Help:

  1. Captain a Team of Riders:

    Team Captains register, choose The Cridge Centre for the Family in the charity list, and recruit 8-12 riders to their teams. Staff, volunteers, clients, friends, family and your church community are all great possible captains or team members. Sign up to be a Team Captain at rideforrefuge.org/register.
  1. Volunteer:

    Most of the volunteer work will be on the day of the ride. We will need people for the welcome, registration, food service and route safety teams. We also need volunteers for the route and promotion teams in the 6-8 weeks prior to the ride.
    Sign up to Volunteer at rideforrefuge.org/volunteer.
  2. Sponsor:

    Event sponsors ensure that every penny donated goes to essential services provided by the many charitable partners of the ride. Costs such as lunch, rest stop snacks, port-a-potty rentals and security team fees are all great opportunities for your business to be in front of 300 people out to do some good. Contact Shelley Morris to become a ride sponsor – click her name to email, or call (250) 995-6419.

  3. Ride:


    A ride just isn’t a ride if there’s no one riding. If you don’t feel you can can captain a team but still want to ride for The Cridge Centre, click here to register: http://ride.w-ith.me/Cridge  


  4. Give:


    Donate to the Cridge Team at http://ride.w-ith.me/Cridge  

Click here for a ride poster: Ride for Refuge


Ride for Refuge Call for Volunteers

RIDE Logo - With Square Icons

The Victoria Ride for Refuge is off with great momentum (insert bicycle pun here), but we’ve still got great opportunities for people who don’t want to ride to participate as volunteers. All volunteers are asked to sign up online at rideforrefuge.org/volunteer. Volunteer teams include

  • the welcome team
  • registration
  • route marshals & rest-stop attendants
  • celebration organizers
  • photo/videographers

We’ve also got a special need for one dedicated individual to come alongside our Event Co-directors for the next 6 weeks and contribute to the planning, promotion and operations of the Ride (Volunteer Job Description). If you know someone who would be GREAT for this job please forward them this post. If you are interested in this position, please email Shannon at swhissell@cridge.org and let her know.

Spirit of Play: Come Play With Us

In celebration of Child Care month this May, The Cridge Centre for the Family and The Cridge Childcare Services have been having fun exploring the importance of play in child development.

Paula West-Patrick, Manager of The Cridge Children’s Services, participated with James Vitti and Gillian Petrini in a special radio program on CFUV called Radio Child: Press Play. You can listen to Paula’s portion of the program here:

(The play button is on the left edge of the black bar)
The Cridge Early Childhood Programs invite you to attend “The Spirit of Play” open house on Saturday May 31st from 10:30 am-3:00pm. Programs at  1309 Hillside Avenue will be open to the community for a fun time of exploration through play.


For further information you can contact Paula at 250-995-6416 or pwestpatrick@cridge.org



Fun, Family, Food and New Friends

As we mentioned earlier this week, we had the distinct and unusual pleasure on Sunday of celebrating the birthday of Kendrick Sampson, along with his co-workers who are in town filming the TV series “Gracepoint”  (note: this link is to an excellent fan page, not the official website).

Kendrick, Candace and Gyneth get to know one another.

Kendrick, Candace and Gyneth get to know one another.

The afternoon was, in short, wonderful. Respitality client families, cast and crew members, and Cridge leadership mingled in the penthouse City Club Lounge at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. A delicious array of snacks from Crumsby’s and great beverages kept adults and children alike smiling, while party-goers swayed, and occasionally danced, to the jazzy music of Maureen Washington and Karel Roessingh. A dress-up photo booth, face-painting and activities on the rooftop patio helped to keep the children entertained.

Thank you to our sponsors, without whom the party would not have happened!

Thank you to Kendrick for sharing his birthday with us!

And Thank you to everyone who came out for the afternoon to celebrate with us!

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Wasn’t That a Party!

Sometimes someone comes along in life who seems to live to put a smile on other people’s faces. In our recent experience, Kendrick Sampson is one such person. A charming, handsome actor working in Victoria for a few months, Kendrick could easily skate through life on his good looks and rising celebrity, but that’s simply not who he is. Kendrick is humble, compassionate, a lover of Jesus and people, and a committed community supporter, – whatever community he is in.


It’s not often that we get phone calls from actors who want to dedicate their birthday party to supporting our programs, so when Kendrick called, we took on making it his birthday a special occasion. Kendrick invited his local friends – the cast and crew of the production he is working on – and we invited several client families with children, some of whom have special needs. It’s safe to say a good time was had by all!

The party was, in the words of one attendee, “heart-warming, stylish and seamless.” We can’t take all the credit for that, however, as our amazing community partners really stepped up to make the event spectacular, including

  • The Parkside Hotel and Spa, who hosted the party in their beautiful City Club Lounge
  • Kevin Wensley of MacDonald Realty, who sponsored most of the food
  • Crumsby’s Cupcake Food whose amazing snacks & service with a smile
  • Vertical Wine Consulting and their contribution of a case of Joie Farm’s ‘A Noble Blend’
  • Mike Hartshorne* of DFH Realty (*Personal Real Estate Corporation) who sponsored the champagne toast
  • Decorate Victoria with Huff n Puff, whose wall of Cridge balloons cheerily greeted guests as they exited the elevator

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We’ll have another post soon with pictures of the fun, but for now we want to thank our generous partners who made the party the success it was.

3rd Annual Stuff the Stocking for The Cridge Respitality Service

Come enjoy a cup of cheer, festive treats, and the sounds of beautiful live Christmas music in our lovely Grand Lounge.

Our stocking will be hung and ready to be stuffed with your financial donation to support The Cridge Respitality Service.

Come by on your way to work, or  stop in on your coffee break. See you there!


Date: Friday, December 13th
Time: Anytime between 8:00am and 11:00am
Place:  The Cridge Village Seniors’ Centre Grand Lounge


To our event sponsors whose generosity makes this event even more special!:

Check back regularly for sponsor and event updates.

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.

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.

NICHE Inspiration Ball

The NICHE Inspiration Charity Ball was a generous gift bestowed on The Cridge Transition House for Women by Tracey and Steve Drake, the editor and publisher, respectively, of NICHE Magazine. Tracey met the Cridge CEO Shelley Morris at the Evening to Remember Lindsay Buziak in February, and Tracey decided in the course of that conversation that The Cridge Transition House for Women was a good candidate to be a NICHE charity of choice. A lunch at ‘the house,’ and a couple conversations later, and the NICHE Inspiration Ball was announced, bringing a sparkle to an otherwise ordinary spring.

NICHE Magazine is committed to supporting women in meeting their dreams and potential. This commitment is true in the hiring, staff training, magazine content, and in the charities they support. Having worked with Women for Women International for several years, the Drakes wanted to find a local charity they could also support. The Cridge Transition House for Women couldn’t be more blessed to be that choice.

On Saturday June 8, ball attendees arrived in style, walking under sunny skies up the red carpet to the Empress Hotel. An impressive silent auction, fashion show, and cocktail lounge greeted the guests even before they entered the Crystal Ballroom. Inside, a three-course dinner, fabulous music by local jazz singer Maureen Washington, a live auction, and dancing into the wee hours awaited.

While the evening was one of style and splendor, the realities of the women we support at The Cridge Transition House for Women was never far away. These women, with their intelligence, bravery, and resourcefulness, are our inspiration.

To read Shannon Whissell’s speech from the evening, NICHE Notes.

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