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Visitors in The Cridge Village Seniors’ Centre!

We were delighted (and shortly after that, overwhelmed) by Dr. Henry’s announcement that residents could now have more than one designated visitor, starting April 1. With one-week notice, a flurry of Zoom meetings with Island Health, policy and procedure writing began. Forms for residents needed to be completed with the lists of family and friends […]

Preventing Hunger Together

Canada is one of the most economically productive nations in the world.  However, 1 in 8 Canadian households is food insecure, amounting to 4.5 million people, including more than 1.2 million children.  Across the country, hunger, malnutrition and poverty hide in plain sight. Households led by single moms and refugee families are especially vulnerable, and […]

You Matter!

“Your kindness spoke: YOU MATTER!” This powerful line was written by a Cridge Dovetail resident to the Christmas hamper donor who supported her and her children this holiday season. This quote speaks to the incredible impact the community support has on women’s minds and hearts rebuilding their lives after abuse. “You Matter” means that there […]

Safety for Kate

Kate knew she was in trouble when Mike threatened her with his fist. He felt frustrated and on edge; the children had been crying. Making things worse, Mike’s violent behaviour had been escalating since Kate’s last pregnancy. The loss of income and fewer community supports as a result of the pandemic were hard on their […]

Gratitude Amidst the Grey

Today when I look out the window, I see heavy rain and grey clouds. It is rather dismal. But in a lovely juxtaposition, I have a beautiful bouquet of bright flowers in front of the window that provides a bright spot of colour and light. It’s been that kind of year, hasn’t it? There has […]

Burning Love Designs

The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Brain Injury Services is proud to share a new initiative for brain injury survivors. Burning Love Designs is delighted to have the opportunity to offer brain injury survivors a solution to finding more creative, cognitive and beneficial projects to engage while also being employed part-time.  All employees have fairly […]

When Help is Hard to Ask For

A mom recently contacted us in need of support and who had struggled to reach out in the past. She has been the only parent to her son with autism since he was born while also trying to help a sibling with a mental health diagnosis. She’s done it all, with no other support. This […]

Childcare In The Time Of COVID-19

As you are undoubtedly aware, COVID-19 presented us all with tremendous obstacles back in March and through the spring. I’d like to tell you a bit about how we weathered the storm and hopefully rose to the challenge. In mid-March, we were collectively reeling with the fact that the pandemic had reached us and was […]