We are very excited to share with you that we are the recipients of a $25,000 Investment Readiness Program (IRP) grant from Community Foundations of Canada. With this funding, we will be working on a comprehensive strategic plan that will include community and client engagement, so that we to learn from you about how we can better support children and all those who are care for them in our community.
Also of note, our Valentine's Raffle for our Playful Healing program raised almost $1,500 to fund free children's therapy services - this is almost 38hrs of support for children and their families. So thank-YOU for your support, as this will help us take some children off the waitlist and get them connected to our play therapists at Springfield Kids.
Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Jody Carrington in partnership with Shuswap and Kamloops CCRRs. Jody was real, fun and engaging and reminded us that children are going to struggle when they feel that their caregivers are going through a lot - and we all have been through a lot this past year. She reminded us parents, caregivers, educators that we have got this! And to take a deep breath and stay connected because that's what we are all hard-wired for, and what children need the most always, but especially now.
And lastly, we wanted to share a wonderful quote from a recent Provincial meeting from Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen; she noted that "child care providers are the workforce behind the workforce," and we truly believe this, and stand behind the important work we are all doing collaboratively to solve the childcare crisis in our communities.
Take care everyone, and keep up the amazing, important work you're doing,