Entries by Marina Bazalitskaya

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 […]

Christmas Generosity

By Joanne Linka, Manager of Communication and Fund Development Imagine leaving your war-torn country, your extended family, your home and job – leaving it all to hope for a better life here in Canada. Imagine travelling all that way with two small children, unsure what you were travelling towards, but hoping for safety and security. […]

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, 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. Those […]

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 […]