Yvonne Kristensen – March 5th, 1950 – October 23rd, 2014

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.

East End Children’s Centre

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.

Strollers:
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.

 

Message for parents employing nannies or other caregivers

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.

TESTIMONIALS

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The East End Children’s Centre is a wonderful place for parents and caregivers to bring children for play time, events and educational courses.

— Belinda H.

I don’t know what I would have done without the centre, the staff and the other families we meet there. 

In fact ,the other families we meet there have become an important part of our family’s life.

— Kate G.
As a working mother I was very pleased to find a centre that was open on Saturdays to bring my child to. The dedication of professionalismof the staff was outstanding and the facility itself was clean and bright.

–Leslie C.

I can not say enough good things about the centre and it’s staff.  Except thank you for giving us so much support and friendship.

–Kate G.

I would not have survived the early weeks without the wonderful people who worked at both sites. I met so many wonderful people during the time I attended the drop in’s. I felt a sense of belonging and that people genuinely cared.

–Patricia B.

I really hope for the sake of the new parents that the program will be able to continue in future years.

–Cynthia L.

I liked the fact that the staff were so approachable and caring  and always went to great lengths to bring out the
best in each parent.

–Cynthia H.

Our Famous Play Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar*
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • food colouring

Directions

  1. Blend flour, salt and cream of tartar.
  2. Add oil and food colouring to water, and combine the dry & wet ingredients in a non-stick skillet,stirring well.  Mixture will be very sticky.
  3. Cook on medium heat, keeping the dough in motion so it does not burn. (It’s done when  it’s no longer sticky and the surface becomes kind of shiny)
  4. Knead while it cools.  It’s undercooked if it remains sticky or overly oily.

Cream of tartar is available in bulk food stores.Tip: many children are sensitive to artificial dyes. Natural dyes can be made from foods such as beet juice, blueberries and raspberries.