Empty Toy Box

Y Women’s Emergency Shelter’s Empty Toy Box Project

The Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA’s Y Women’s Emergency Shelter offers refuge, support and services to women and their dependent children in crisis. Annually, more than 400 women and children access the Shelter having fled their homes because of an abusive situation.  Our programs include the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, Outreach Services, and the Children Who Witness Abuse Program (CWWA).  Our Services for children residing at the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter include age appropriate craft and recreation with our Child and Youth worker, on-going support from a Family Support Worker, and access to children’s programs at the Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland at XFest 2014

Saturday evening, I took my 5 year old to see Alice in Wonderland with Project X Theatre at XFest 2014.

At first I wondered if he would “get” it and whether or not he would be able to sit through it. However, this quickly became a non-issue as he became so enthralled with what was happening that he actually took a step or two towards the stage during one of the chase scenes, with the intent of chasing Alice and the White Rabbit down the hole.

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Following the play, the actors graciously came back out on stage to Continue reading

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A Day in Wonderland – Where the Adventure Began

This past Sunday, I took my 5 year old son on a special date.  I never revealed the location ahead of time, I simply cleaned him up, buckled us in the car and off we went!

Always the curious one, he repeatedly asked questions as we made our way past the airport and finally down to our destination of Tranquille Farm Fresh. I handed over our tickets, parked the car and took his little hand in mine while we walked under an arch filled with balloons.

We were once again at A Day in Wonderland!

My son quickly found all of the characters that he first met at the event last summer and was greeted with personal hugs and “high-fives” as we waited for the opening ceremony and parade to begin.

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Then a dance routine was taught to the spectators that excitedly Continue reading

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