Chef’s Corner: Apple & Celery Turkey Sliders

Fresh, crisp, and fun – what more could you want in a weekend meal? This take on the slider trend makes use of lean ground turkey and the snap of apple and celery.

Apple and Celery Turkey Sliders 

Yield: makes about 20 small patties

  • 1 kg ground turkey mixed
  • 100 ml green onions chopped
  • 200 ml celery minced
  • 2 apples peel on and small diced (any local apple that you like)
  • 45 g butter unsalted
  • 10 ml salt
  • 3 ml white pepper
  • ½ lemon juice and zest
  • ½ bunch parsley minced
  • 2.5 ml ground sage


  • Cook the green onions, celery and apples in butter until tender. Let cool.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and combine.
  • Using a scoop or tablespoon form into patties.
  • Refrigerate approximately two hours (they can also be refrigerated overnight for use the next day).
  • Cook in a skillet using a small amount of butter until golden on both sides.
  • Place on a rack and finish cooking in the oven @ 350 °F until an internal temperature of 74°C or 165°F is reached (use a probe thermometer).
  • Serve on small buns or on their own with a side salad dressed with cranberry mayo (consisting of equal amounts of cranberry sauce and mayo) or your favorite condiment.

Nik Seniors' ServicesNik Milonas, Executive Chef at The Cridge Village Seniors Centre, is a Certified Chef de Cuisine.

Nik believes that “cooking is the best gift you can give. I believe in serving people fresh food grown as close to home as possible as it provides the best taste and nutrition.”

Can we talk about your will?

This week – March 31 through April 5 – has been declared Make A Will Week by the British Columbia Ministry of Justice. Making a will is one of those potentially uncomfortable adult tasks that we often want to avoid, yet having a valid will is the best way to ensure that the people and charities who matter to you will be taken care of when you pass.

Make a Will Week: March 30 - April 5

While the Ministry of Justice website has a considerable list of resources to help you with the important legal and financial considerations in planning your estate, it helps to take a bit of time before you get to those technical issues and consider questions such as:

  • What and who really matters to me?
  • What legacy would be meaningful to leave in my community?
  • After my family is taken care of, what might I leave to charity?
  • Is there anyone (a spouse or other family member) who I should include in answering these questions?

Once you know what you’d like to have happen, it’s important to make sure that the people in your life are aware of your wishes. Here are some suggestions (taken from Forbes Magazine online) on how to make the important questions and potentially difficult conversations about estate planning easier:

  1. Choose (or plan) a quiet moment with few distractions to approach the subject – a Sunday drive, an evening walk, or a quiet moment after dinner, for example.
  2. Open with a story. We have a few about the legacies that have been left in our care, or you may want to talk about what has worked – or not – regarding how people you know have left their estates.
  3. Consider who, besides your spouse, you need to talk to and whether those conversations, for example with adult children, should happen en masse or individually.
  4. Give people who matter to you room for input, and be willing to explain your thinking, values, and decision-making process.
  5. Finally, be sure to confirm your decisions with a neutral third-party professional: your financial advisor, accountant, a notary public, or your lawyer – to ensure that what you intend will be carried out in your estate and that the written document reflects your intentions.
  6. By the way, remember to update your will after important life events (for example. the birth or death of an heir or dependent, a significant change in estate value, a change in marital status)

There are many ways to include charitable giving in this process, and many great reasons to do so. We are happy to provide information on the how, what and why to give, and encourage you, again, always to check  with your estate planning professional on what makes the most sense for your estate.

Approaching estate planning as an assessment of what you value changes the conversation from one that brings up ghoulish spectres to one that focuses on your values, on a Biblical standard of stewardship, and as a legacy-creating gift that provides for what matter to you beyond your life.

If you’d like to talk to someone about bequeathing a gift to The Cridge Center for the Family, please call or email Shannon Whissell: (250) 995-6419 or

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

I am wearing orange because …

Since July 2012 staff and clients of The Cridge Centre for the Family have participated in Orange Day, a global initiative of the UN Women, that takes place on the 25th day of each month.

This month, on March 25th, we are taking on the challenge to ‘Orange our community’ and spread the Orange Day message that violence against women and girls has to end. It’s a simple plan that will get better with each and every participant.

If you’d like more information, or want someone to come speak to your organization about Orange Day and anti-violence initiatives, please email Shannon Whissell, Manager of Communication & Fund Development at swhissell @ cridge . org

We’d LOVE for you – our community partners, supporters, and suppliers – to participate. It’s easy to do:

I am wearing orange because ...

Click to read all the messages from staff.

  • Finish the sentence “I am wearing Orange because …” on this template: Orange_Day_COMMUNITY
  • Print it out
  • Take a photo or video of yourself with your sign
  • Upload your photo/video to Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube and tag it with #ORANGEDAY*
  • We will re-share your picture/video while we’re adding our own!

* If you aren’t on social media, email your picture to Shannon and she’ll add it to our streams with whatever message you would like.

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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.

Dovetail Story: From Broken Hearts to Strong Hearts

Valentine’s Day can be a particularly challenging time for women who are rebuilding their lives after abuse. Society’s focus is so intensely focused on romantic love, especially during the month of February, and women can easily feel isolated from the celebrations.

The staff of The Cridge Dovetail Services has embraced Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate love, especially the love that women have for themselves, for their children, and for their friends. This year the women who access Cridge Dovetail Services were invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending an evening “shopping” for beautiful jewelry and accessories (donated by Bungalow Gifts) while enjoying delicious desserts and the company of friends. It was a lovely way for the women to truly celebrate their own uniqueness by giving themselves a special gift.

Meanwhile our monthly Healthy Relationships group, which brings tenants and outreach clients together to enjoy lunch and a group discussion, focused on the theme of “How to Be Your Own Valentine.” A delicious lunch was served as women discussed the value of loving yourself, and the need to take time to care for yourself.

Valentine’s Day at The Cridge Dovetail Services has indeed offered us a unique opportunity to guide women from broken hearts to strong hearts.

Bill’s Story: A Novel Recovery

The cover image if Caught in the Crosshairs

Cover image of Caught in the Crosshairs

Story By Janelle Breese-Biagioni

William (Bill) Cawker is a father and grandfather with a newly developed passion for writing. Bill is also a brain injury survivor. He is a twin and was born prematurely and needed to have open heart surgery at 5 weeks of age. He has spent most of his life dealing with health issues.

Although Bill endured many challenges, he completed Grade 12 and a course for residential-care aid. As Bill’s health declined, he was no longer able to continue with this line of work. Not to be defeated, he went on to work in picture framing shops and eventually owned and operated his own framing business. In 2005, Bill had a cerebral cyst removed. The following year he needed a permanent shunt placed in the brain for drainage. In 2010, he experienced significant hearing loss and was no longer able to work. This left Bill to find a ‘new life’ for himself.

Bill has been residing at Mary Cridge Manor and participating in the brain injury rehabilitation program for the last two years. During this time, a character with the name Tony Marconi popped into Bill’s head one day. He decided to explore who the character was and what kind of story he could create. With the encouragement of Greg Goldberg, who is also an author and contracts as a mentor in the program, Bill developed Tony Marconi’s character and story line. He has now completed and self-published a 166 page novel titled Caught in the Crosshairs.

“I wanted the character and the book to be positive,” explains Bill. “So although the character was in the Mafia, he does change. He attends a funeral and this makes him reflect on his life and the crimes he committed. During his reflection he has an encounter with God, so to speak, and turns his life around.”

On February 26, 2014, Bill will celebrate this accomplishment with a book launch and signing. He is already working on the sequel and has plans for many more books, including a series of children’s books for his granddaughter.

Chef’s Corner: Frozen Strawberry Mousse

strawberry_mousseYou’ve had a lovely quiet evening. Maybe you had a delicious dinner of Greek Style Chicken for 2 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Now you’re ready to finish it off with a light, luxurious touch. What could be better than frozen mousse in a heart-shaped mold, maybe drizzled with a little melted chocolate?

Of course, we’ve offered you some other flavour variations for other special occasions as well.

Frozen Mousse

Create the Meringue:

  • 125 g (approx. 4) egg whites
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water

Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils.
Have a pastry brush in a cup of warm water handy in case any sugar crystals form.
If this happens just wash them down.
Boil until the syrup registers 117°C on a sugar thermometer.
While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites in a mixing machine until they form soft peaks.
With the machine running, very slowly beat in the hot syrup avoiding the whisk.
Continue to beat until the meringue is cool and forms firm peaks.

Add Flavour Variation:

  • Berry Mousse – Force 250 g fresh or frozen berries through a sieve. Add to the meringue
  • Liquer Mousse – Add 90 ml liquor like brandy or dark rum to finished meringue (blend in)
  • Chocolate Mousse – Melt 125 g chocolate- stir in some meringue then fold chocolate mixture into finished meringue
  • Lemon Mousse – Add 90 ml lemon juice and the grated zest of 1 lemon to the meringue
  • Apricot Mousse – Soak 200 g apricots overnight, then simmer until tender. Drain and puree, then fold into meringue.

Add Cream to Flavoured Meringue:

  • 375 ml Heavy cream

Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks then fold into the cooled meringue and freeze in spring form pan, heart shaped mould,  or freezable container.

For Frozen Raspberry Mousse Cake, freeze the mixture in a spring form pan and unmold before serving cutting into desired size. I suggest serving with warm berry compote, chopped fresh berries, or a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.

Nik Seniors' ServicesNik Milonas, Executive Chef at The Cridge Village Seniors Centre, is a Certified Chef de Cuisine.

Nik believes that “cooking is the best gift you can give. I believe in serving people fresh food grown as close to home as possible as it provides the best taste and nutrition.”

Childcare Story: “Let’s sing and dance and shout!”

Last year as Pre-school wrapped up in June, Child Care Manager Paula West-Patrick had a discussion with Christine, a pre-school teacher, about ways they could incorporate more music and present more Christian content into our programs. Christine reminisced about the days when child care staff and children  would gather in the gym for Praise Days. At that point they decided that this would be a goal for September.

The department purchased a small keyboard, and Tanya  (Christine’s pre-school teaching partner) and Christine set about creating a program of celebration of God’s love for each of us through music, movement and story. The plan was to combine day care and pre-school classes twice a month for 15 minutes to start and work up to half an hour each time.

The program has been quite successful. Children who were uninterested in September are now asking when the next Praise Day is. Each class has been provided with a CD and the children are singing the songs every day. “Let’s sing and dance and shout!” is the opening song and one of the children’s favorites.

At the last session Christine read a story about prayer. When she asked the group what they thought prayer meant one little 4 yr old boy who is very shy immediately put his hand up and when asked to, said “It is when you’re scared and you can talk to God and he makes you not be afraid anymore.” It is so good to hear these comments from the children and know that God is making an impression in their lives.


Preschool Teacher Christine shares her musical talents and love of God.

Chef’s Corner: Greek Style Grilled Chicken for 2

Whenever we see 'Greek Style' in the description on the menus here at The Cridge Centre, we know we are in for a real treat. Chef Nik learned his love of cooking at the side of his Greek mother and grandmother, and the passion, love and care they put into their food continues on through Nik's skill. 

Greek Style Grilled Chicken for 2


  • 1 lemon (zest & juice)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbp. oregano
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp each of salt & pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts


  • Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
  • Rinse chicken breasts under cold water and pat dry.
  • Add chicken to the marinade and allow to take in these flavours for minimum 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Preheat your barbeque. Now here’s where the adventure begins!
  • With your tongs lift the chicken out of the bowl scraping any excess marinade off on the lip of the bowl and place chicken on the hot part of your barbeque (be careful – there will be flames).
  • Sear the chicken on both sides (about 2 minutes per side)
  • Move the chicken to the medium heat part of your barbeque.
  • With the remaining marinade that is in the bowl start basting your chicken, turning over as needed to cook the chicken thoroughly and evenly.
  • Use up your marinade before the chicken is done because you don’t want to add any of the marinade to the chicken after it is cooked; that would not be safe. You want to cook the chicken with the marinade.
  • Cook the chicken until clear juices are flowing or to an internal temperature of 74 degrees Celsius.
  • Finish it with a squirt of lemon and some good extra virgin olive oil on the plate.
  • Serve this with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc if you like wine, and your favourite salad.

YIELD: 2 servings

Nik Seniors' ServicesNik Milonas, Executive Chef at The Cridge Village Seniors Centre, is a Certified Chef de Cuisine.

Nik believes that "cooking is the best gift you can give. I believe in serving people fresh food grown as close to home as possible as it provides the best taste and nutrition."