July 31, 2018
To say June was a busy month at Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County (FCSRC), might be a bit of an understatement. Warm spring weather is a backdrop for so many important initiatives and as we enjoy our beautiful summer, we wanted to highlight the special events we were so proud to organize, contribute to and enjoy, and recognize the community partners who help make these events possible.
Dad’s Day in the Park
Dedicated FCSRC staff are members of Dad Central Renfrew County and we are so pleased to provide financial support. Along with committed staff from Renfrew County District Health Unit, Renfrew County Social Services, The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families, the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre and Women’s Shelter and Support Services, Dad Central Renfrew County hosted its fifth annual Dad’s Day in the Park on June 2. The free event to showcase the importance of male role models in the lives of children drew hundreds of families. Held at Rotary Park Pembroke, the fun-filled day included a BBQ and lots of activities for the kids. The committee is very grateful to the following sponsors: Rotary Club of Pembroke, Petawawa Public Library, Ry-J’s Climbing Adventures, Metro, Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer, Valley Vinyls, The Home Depot, Giant Tiger, Yantha Cycle and the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Youth Celebration Day
Each year, a staff team at FCSRC commits to the special planning of our Youth Celebration Day – a day dedicated to recognizing the achievements of the children and youth in the care of kin or foster parents. On June 8, over 30 staff members donated their time, talents and passions to making this day a success. Held at River Run Rafting for the first time ever and hosting 120 children, youth, caregivers, the afternoon and evening festivities included an abundance of games, prizes, magic and delicious food.
An incredible 45 awards were given to children and youth nominated for success related to their education, leadership, community and personal achievement. This year’s planning also included a Youth Advisory Committee who developed the “Hold the Door Award” – an award given by youth to others who have supported them.
Pembroke’s Pride Festival
On Saturday, June 9, FCSRC was really proud to join Pembroke Pride, Pflag Renfrew County and a number of Renfrew County organizations and businesses to celebrate the first-ever Open Eyed Valley Pride Festival in Pembroke. The day long event featured a number of activities, including a Pride Bruch at The Courtyard Bistro, followed by the Pride Festival at Champlain Trail Museum and a Pride Party at The Pub House by Milano. A number of area businesses FCSRC hosted some fun games including Bocce and Texas Horseshoes. We’re looking forward to returning next year!
A number of other area businesses showed their support to help raise funds for the event including:
• Chahna Fai hosted a Pride Sign Painting Night on June 6
• Ottawa Valley Apparel released a limited edition “Valley Pride” T-shirt
• Ottawa Valley Promotions created a limited edition Pride Gift Box
National Indigenous People’s Day
On June 21, the Renfrew County and District Aboriginal Friendship Centre, the Metis Nation of Ontario, the Anishaanabe Cultural Circle, with the support of Family and Children’s Services of Renfrew County, hosted the sixth annual National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Pembroke Waterfront grounds. The event officially opened with a sunrise ceremony at 5:30 a.m. with the main celebration beginning at 10:00 a.m. Community members, including area schools took part in the celebration, which also included young dancers and the talent of Inuit throat singer Crystal Martin. The celebration also including smudging, bannock making, area vendors selling handmade Native crafts and a BBQ.
Annual General Meeting
We also hosted our 2017-2018 Annual General Meeting at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre on June 21. The annual gathering of FCSRC Board of Directors, staff and community members was the first since the agency launched its 2017-2022 strategic plan. This year’s meeting put a spotlight on the agency’s continued focus on caring services, caring culture and caring community and how the agency plans to evaluate its efforts. The meeting also introduced newly appointed members to its Board of Directors, the new Executive of the Board, the presentation of the Millennium Scholarship Fund recipients and the launch of a new strategic plan video to help the agency communicate its plan to community members and partners. The full report can be found here:https://bit.ly/2v6sfDu
It wouldn’t be June without FCSRC’s annual golf day in support of The Darlene Aikens Fund. Staff at FCSRC donated money and enjoyed a round of golf at the Island Brae golf course on June 22. A total of $680.75 was raised to help send Renfrew County children on a summer camp experience as well as other fun, educational and developmentally-centred activities including sports, the arts and a wide range of personal interest classes that help kids, youth and adults grow in healthy ways.