Message from Yolaine Münter, M.A. B.Ed. Chair, Caldwell Family Centre Board of Directors
Caldwell Family Centre’s history is rich with stories of second chances. Forty years ago, 4,000 war refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos arrived in Ottawa to begin their lives anew. Sr. Thelma, the founder of CFC, was there to help, turning her home into a food bank and clothing depot.
Her determination and energy created a ripple effect with others responding to the demand and in the process, setting the foundation for CFC. Sr. Thelma saw the need and did what was necessary, one helpful action at a time. And here we are 31 years later…still determined and still energized.
Each of the past years has seen its challenges and successes. Our programs reflect the help and dedication of our supporters, partners, members and numerous volunteers. It is the staunch belief in what we are doing that motivates everyone.
Having completed our strategic plan for the next three years, the Board is focused on:
- building on our strengths,
- increasing our Centre’s visibility,
- assuring that resources will continue to be available and
- enabling us to provide adequately for the ever-increasing needs of our community.
Education can be the cornerstone in leading an independent life. However, it can be difficult to achieve an academic goal without assistance. For the third year in a row, CFC is offering a $1000 scholarship to a deserving Grade 12 student living in our community and entering University or College.
This year also marks the first summer camp for our community youth. Named Transitions, this camp is available thanks to our partnership with the Children’s Village of Ottawa.
A challenge can be an opportunity for success. Forty years ago Sr. Thelma saw the truth in this old adage. And so do we. We will continue, with your help, to do our best for the Caldwell community and its residents, one step and one day at a time.