Entries by Marina Bazalitskaya

Rock Hunting Adventures 2019

By Angela Brunwald, The Cridge Childcare Services Do you know the best way to spend summer? The Cridge Childcare children have been participating in the Sooke to Sidney Rock Hunt (SS Rock Hunt for short) all summer using The SS Rock Hunt Facebook page. Rock Hunt means finding and painting rocks with acrylic paint. After […]

A Childcare Journey Worth The Taking

By Elisabeth Bomford, School-Age Care/Sunfun Program “Idiot!” I was just in the middle of asking which child I was going to be paired with for inclusion for the summer, and before my colleague could answer, my new little buddy made himself known to me!  I walked over and introduced myself, but, like the child, he […]

Ally’s Story

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services Ally was 19; she was about to graduate and really wanted to go on to Camosun College. Ally’s son, Jamie, was a busy, happy 2 ½ year. He had been going to school with his mom and attending the on-site daycare while she […]

Small Things Make A Difference

Tom came home, fuming. His mom could see his anger as soon as he stepped off the school bus. It took some prodding and time to get it out of him, but eventually, his emotions got the better of him, and his frustration exploded out of him. Tom LOVES grapes. And he was so mad […]

Young Parent Outreach Program: Creating a Village

It takes a village to raise a child: a team made up of parents, grandparents, extended family, and community members. But many young families are alone and isolated, with no village to support them in parenting. Being a parent – especially a low-income single parent – is an immense amount of work: sleepless nights, early […]

The Cridge Nursery Then and Now

Hello, my name is Brenda, and I have volunteered to write a short article about The Cridge Nursery, which happens to be a part of my own story. This is my third time working here over the last 32 years, and it is interesting to reflect upon what is different and what has remained the […]

Small Things Make a Big Difference

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services Imagine being 12 years old and fleeing to a transition house with your mom.  You are relieved to be away from your dad’s scary, angry outbursts. But now you are in a strange house, sharing a room with your mom, and parachuting into […]

A Welcoming Space

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services The impact of having a designated Young Parent Outreach Program space where Nicole can gather with her young moms and their children has been incredible. Moms drop by to go through the clothing donations. On Thursdays, the Music Group is a big draw […]

Valentine’s Dinner for Seniors

A few times a year we have a very special dinner with our residents – a Candlelit Dinner in December, a Mother’s Day Dinner and Valentine’s Dinner. For these occasions, we break with the norm and order linens for the tables, flowers, chocolates for each place setting and have a menu printed up for each […]

Difficult Choices

By Joanne Linka, Manager of Communication and Fund Development There are times when parents need to make difficult choices. Choices about schools, caregivers, access to digital media, or diet. The decisions are pretty much never ending – some easier than others, but always more to be made. For many of our families, the decisions are […]