We are sorry to share the very sad news that our wonderful staff member Yvonne Kristensen passed away on October 23rd.
Yvonne has worked at East End Children’s Centre for the past 16 years, as well as several years during our organization’s early history in the late 1980s. She has given of her warmth, strength, passion and playfulness to so many children, parents, caregivers and co-workers. We are truly proud of the way Yvonne worked and played, making our programs and indeed our lives incredibly rich, during her time with us. We remember her powerful energy, huge voice, beautiful heart, and her joyful laugh. We miss her very much.
In addition to her work with EECC, Yvonne operated a small store in Kensington Market, called Vibe, where she sold essential oils she crafted herself.
Some of you knew that Yvonne had two diagnoses of breast cancer in the past 20 years, most recently in 2006. She decided to make those years great anyway; she had many, many tools in her toolkit for living well, not the least of which were her sense of humour and deep spirituality. She was still riding her bike this past spring and was actively working with us until the end of July, then took a few weeks vacation before discerning that returning to work was not an option.
Yvonne leaves a daughter, Jade, and two school-aged granddaughters Narissa and Deja, as well has a great many friends around the globe. Her family is honouring her wishes not to have a funeral. We will plan a memorial event at our Kimbourne site and will communicate further about that when a plan is in place.
Known to some as; Kimbourne or Terry Fox East End Children’s Centre operates two FREE drop-in Family Resource Program sites in East Toronto.
Our programs are for children aged newborn to senior kindergarten only.
Sorry, we can not accept visits from school-aged children.
Changes at our Terry Fox site:
New room limit: Maximum number of children permitted in the room will be 28, effective September 2014. As we have lost a staff position at both our sites, changes are required in order to offer a safe learning environment for the children.
We are no longer allowed to bring strollers into the building. Please bring a bicycle lock and secure your stroller to one of the railings near our entrance way. Call our staff at 416-425-4051 if you need assistance bringing children into the building.
Wondering what that registration form is that you are being asked to complete?
The form is so that we can maintain basic contact information, in case you ever need to be contacted.
Why would we be contacting you?
We would need to get in touch with you right away if there was ever an emergency involving your child, or your child’s caregiver. We also wouldneed it in the event of an outbreak at our centres, as public health requires us to notify families when they may have been exposed to certain infectious diseases.
If you include an email address, and we hope you will, we will also send you our quarterly newsletter, and keep you informed about events and other things going on at East End Children’sCentre.
Please join EECC in honouring one of our children…
April 18th, 2009 – October 22nd, 2012.