I Can for Kids is honored to be the recipient of the Community Partnership Award presented by the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter (CWES)!
The awards, presented on November 7, honor those who make a positive difference in the lives of victims of family violence and abuse. “Tulips are hardy flowers that bloom through the snow each Spring, and this strength and perseverance is why it is used as a symbol for the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter. The tulip serves to denote the many Calgarians who push through the darkness of family violence trusting that, with a little support, they too will bloom again in lives free from abuse,” explains the CWES.
Much like hunger, the physical, emotional and academic consequences of violence on children can be devastating, affecting their health and wellbeing today and for years to come. When we take a stand against family violence and abuse, we are letting those kids know that we believe in them and we believe in their potential. Taking a stand helps them to feel valued and protected, that they matter. Every child deserves that.”
— Bobbi Turko, I Can for Kids co-founder
For the past two years, I Can for Kids has been providing nutritional support to CWES children and youth during the summer months. “We believe every child has the right to reach their potential, the right to be treated with dignity, and the right to be healthy and educated – it’s what drives us to do what we do. If supporting families with nutritious food helps to relieve stress so they can focus on their healing, then we’re proud to offer that support.”
“We are very grateful to be one of the recipients of the CWES’s Tulip Awards,” explains Bobbi, “like many others presented with this honor, we are proud to know that we are making an impact on the health and wellbeing of children and families affected by family violence.”
“We celebrate this honor with our small but mighty team of volunteers who care deeply about the future of our children – we couldn’t do this without them.”
To learn more about CWES and how they are taking a stand against family violence, please visit www.calgarywomensshelter.com