Entries by Marina Bazalitskaya

Why I am a Respite Care Provider

By Susie Scott, Child and Youth Support Worker Because of THOSE times. Those times when you can see, taste, hear and feel just how much the care providers need a break; so that they can be their best as care providers. Those times when I know, he is getting a much-needed break at the same time. […]

No Wrong Door Story: Safety and Mathematics

By Marlene Goley, Manager of The Cridge Centre Transition House for Women Police gave Cindy the number for Cridge Transition House for Women (CTHW) after they arrested her boyfriend for assaulting her and threatening to kill her. She came to CTHW traumatized and terrified about what her future would be. How would she stay safe […]

Having Fun TOGETHER Matters

By Gyneth Turner, Respite & Respitality Services Somewhere along the line, our family stopped having fun together because it was very hard to actually have fun. Outings always seemed to end up in disappointment, tears, and tantrums. Picnic at the beach? Pass. Family birthday dinner? Sorry, we are “busy.” Check out the cool new exhibit […]

The Joy of Nature

Submitted by Tanya Kuhn, Nature Preschool Teacher I have worked with children with special needs for over fifteen years. I have worked in traditional classrooms, Reggio Emilia classrooms, in the schools from kindergarten to grade twelve, and in daycare. Five years ago, The Cridge Centre for the Family’s Preschool program transitioned from a traditional indoor program to a […]

My Respitality Night

By Gyneth Turner, Respite and Respitality Coordinator My overnight bag is packed; I hope I remembered to pack at least a spare pair of undies and my book. I can always grab a toothbrush from hotel housekeeping, right? I send a quick text to the babysitter to check her ETA. I am counting the minutes […]

 Heart Attacks at Cridge Transition House

Written by Marlene Goley. Kathy is a wise and creative social work student who did her 4th-year practicum at Cridge Transition House for Women. She observed all the residents working hard to get housing applications done, applying for income assistance, dealing with lawyers and the legal system, and doing the millions of other tasks needed […]

A Recipe for Recovery

Submitted by Janelle Breese Biagioni Although Matthew Jack looks serious in this photo, his smile will light up a room. Matt began working in the kitchen at The Cridge Centre for the Family in February 2018. His journey to get here was challenging. On September 30, 2008, Matt was walking to work at the Embassy […]

I Want To Be a Rocket Ship

Submitted by Marlene Goley, the Manager of Cridge Transition House and Outreach Services. A woman at Cridge Transition House for Women told a story about when she was a little girl she would tell anyone that asked, that she wanted to be a rocket ship. At first, she was not deterred by adults telling her […]