Last year, before health issues compounded our schedule, I was volunteering with the Susan Shirley Program in Smiths Falls. I was popping in one day a week to tutor them. Some were still in high school and others were preparing for college. Having volunteered facilitating a Creative Writing program in Beaver Creek Institution, I thought it would be a good use of my training and skills. Sadly, life got in the way and I couldn't commit to the weekly visits at Susan Shirley.
Nicole Anderson, Executive Director, runs an amazing program for young mothers. Staff take the pregnant women in, and provide them with training in many facets of a healthy life: nutrition, child rearing, as well as working on their own self-esteem. I have an M.Ed. in Curriculum, and I was astounded with the creativity of the women who created this program.
The Susan Shirley Program is currently accepting referrals & self referrals to our support program. If you or someone you know needs a supportive environment as they progress through their pregnancy or in the first few months after their babies are born, call today for a tour and information regarding the program. We currently have one opening, these will go quickly!Call 613-205-1643 Or www.susanshirleyprg.ca for an application.The store profits are intended to be a sustainable income source for the program. We were very pleased to purchase some products. (I can't tell you what they were as they'll be 'Close Eyes' for our girls!)