Hillhurst Sunnyside’s December Report from the Executive Director

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HS HILLHURST SUNNYSIDE COMM NEWS

Wow! What a year it has been for both HSCA and me personally. On October 17th, I celebrated my first anniversary at HSCA and I have had a wonderful experience getting to know the staff, volunteers, program participants and my favorite, the children in daycare and OOSC. Pure bias on my part, as I love little humans!

In the midst of my first year I had a very challenging experience whereby I sustained a head injury at work on July 3rd. Despite my efforts at pushing through and trying to rush my healing, the injury won, and I spent three months recovering, six weeks in a brain injury program. I could not have taken the time to heal without the support of the Board of Directors, the amazing staff team, and my family and friends. While a few symptoms are lingering, I am healing and feel blessed in every way.

This last year saw another successful year in our childcare programs and our partnership with the provincial government providing affordable childcare. We have had great connection with the community and were able to host a Stampede Breakfast and our 70th Anniversary party.

We are currently seeking donations and support for a number of areas including; Hearth room renovation, adding an extra room to the daycare and renovating our Board Room. If you are considering a financial donation for the end of the year, we would very much appreciate your support. We can accept donations online through Canada Helps, through Benevity locally and if you are involved in a United Way Campaign at work, you can designate to HSCA.

Thank you to all of the local businesses, not-for-profits and residents for all of your ongoing support. We are proud to be your neighbours and partners in Hillhurst and Sunnyside.

May the winter season bring you and your loved ones closer together. May you share joy, laughter and food and celebrate all that is good in our lives and our community. I hope 2019 is full of love, kindness and celebration.