We’re adding some program hours!!

untitledThat’s right!!  Starting in January, both our Kimbourne and Terry Fox sites will be open on Mondays and Fridays!  We’re using fundraised dollars to support this and only have enough to maintain these extra hours until the end of April – but we’re beyond thrilled that we’re creating 100 additional child visits per week!

Terry Fox hours will stay the same – 8:45 am to 12 noon.

Kimbourne hours will be 9 am to 12 noon. MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY!  January through April 2017!  The actual date of implementation is TBA but we’re hoping for January 6th.  We will update our calendars when dates are finalized.

Thanks to all who support our fundraising – you’re making a difference!!

GREAT GATSBY GALA – A Success!

Thank you to everyone who supported the success of the Great Gatsby Gala on October 15th at Todmorden Mills!  Proceeds totaled almost $19,000!

Here’s what it looked like:

 

We gratefully acknowledge the following event sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:  Forest Hill Lions Club

forest-hill-lions-club-scanSilver Sponsor:  Giuseppe Flammia

gf-logoBronze Sponsor:  Equus Fabrics

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Bronze Sponsor:  Charles Vilagut Photography

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We also thank Plank Road Market, Food Dudes, Culture Snap and Border Ladner Gervais for their generous support!plank-roadfood-dudesculture-snap

 

Evacuation Drills

Monthly evacuation drills are a necessary inconvenience.  We are required to do them and we want to do them well because we care about your child’s, yours and our own safety.

You don’t have to love them, but if you are bringing children to our programs, you do have to participate without protest.

We expect adults attending our programs to model a positive attitude during evacuation drills, so that children feel safe while practicing these skills.  Please follow all direction from staff.  Do not collect your coat, bags and stroller.  You will be interrupted by staff and asked to cooperate if you try do this, or decide to depart the program during a drill.  If the weather is chilly, throw a coat or blanket over your child and leave the building.

Yvonne Kristensen – March 5th, 1950 – October 23rd, 2014

We are sorry to share the very sad news that our wonderful staff member Yvonne Kristensen passed away on October 23rd.

Yvonne has worked at East End Children’s Centre for the past 16 years, as well as several years during our organization’s early history in the late 1980s. She has given of her warmth, strength, passion and playfulness to so many children, parents, caregivers and co-workers. We are truly proud of the way Yvonne worked and played, making our programs and indeed our lives incredibly rich, during her time with us. We remember her powerful energy, huge voice, beautiful heart, and her joyful laugh. We miss her very much.

In addition to her work with EECC, Yvonne operated a small store in Kensington Market, called Vibe, where she sold essential oils she crafted herself.

Some of you knew that Yvonne had two diagnoses of breast cancer in the past 20 years, most recently in 2006. She decided to make those years great anyway; she had many, many tools in her toolkit for living well, not the least of which were her sense of humour and deep spirituality. She was still riding her bike this past spring and was actively working with us until the end of July, then took a few weeks vacation before discerning that returning to work was not an option.

Yvonne leaves a daughter, Jade, and two school-aged granddaughters Narissa and Deja, as well has a great many friends around the globe. Her family is honouring her wishes not to have a funeral. We will plan a memorial event at our Kimbourne site and will communicate further about that when a plan is in place.

East End Children’s Centre

Known to some as; Kimbourne or  Terry Fox East End Children’s Centre operates two FREE drop-in Family Resource Program sites in East Toronto.

Our programs are for children aged newborn to senior kindergarten only.

Sorry, we can not accept visits from school-aged children.


Changes at our Terry Fox site:

New room limit:                                                                                                       Maximum number of children permitted in the room will be 28, effective September 2014.  As we have lost a staff position at both our sites, changes are required in order to offer a safe learning environment for the children.

Strollers:
We are no longer allowed to bring strollers into the building.  Please bring a bicycle lock and secure your stroller to one of the railings near our entrance way.  Call our staff at 416-425-4051 if you need assistance bringing children into the building.

 

Message for parents employing nannies or other caregivers

Wondering what that registration form is that you are being asked to complete? 

The form is so that we can maintain basic contact information, in case you ever need to be contacted.

Why would we be contacting you?

We would need to get in touch with you right away if there was ever an emergency involving your child, or your child’s caregiver.  We also wouldneed it in the event of an outbreak at our centres, as public health requires us to notify families when they may have been exposed to certain infectious diseases.

If you include an email address, and we hope you will, we will also send you our quarterly newsletter, and keep you informed about events and other things going on at East End Children’sCentre.

TESTIMONIALS

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The East End Children’s Centre is a wonderful place for parents and caregivers to bring children for play time, events and educational courses.

— Belinda H.

I don’t know what I would have done without the centre, the staff and the other families we meet there. 

In fact ,the other families we meet there have become an important part of our family’s life.

— Kate G.
As a working mother I was very pleased to find a centre that was open on Saturdays to bring my child to. The dedication of professionalismof the staff was outstanding and the facility itself was clean and bright.

–Leslie C.

I can not say enough good things about the centre and it’s staff.  Except thank you for giving us so much support and friendship.

–Kate G.

I would not have survived the early weeks without the wonderful people who worked at both sites. I met so many wonderful people during the time I attended the drop in’s. I felt a sense of belonging and that people genuinely cared.

–Patricia B.

I really hope for the sake of the new parents that the program will be able to continue in future years.

–Cynthia L.

I liked the fact that the staff were so approachable and caring  and always went to great lengths to bring out the
best in each parent.

–Cynthia H.