Beausejour Family Resource and Crisis Center counting on fundraiser to create trauma-informed child care centre for youth dealing with domestic violence & other distressing experiences
Kristal LeBlanc isn’t one to wait for a solution. When she realizes a need exists, she works to fill it — but she can’t do it alone.
The executive director of the Beausejour Family Resource and Crisis Center already led the community to build a 19,000-square-foot building that offers apartments to women & children transitioning from violent situations. That’s alongside the 24/7 drop-in mental health support, emergency housing, forensic medical exam room, and a children’s playroom that serves as a neutral space for visits or custody exchanges.
Now, Kristal is hoping the community will step up — and out — to help build the first trauma-informed daycare in Atlantic Canada. The centre’s major annual fundraiser is the Run for Women (by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program). All money raised for the centre this year will go towards turning a portion of the existing facility into an early childhood education centre focused on children who have encountered trauma.
Tune in as Kristal explains how this idea came about, how rare it is in North America, and how many people she needs to sign up for this year’s race to make it happen!
(Spoiler: The number is 1500 people; we’ve joined, have you? When we chatted with Kristal she only needed 500 more. Let’s hit that goal, New Brunswick! Your registration to walk 5km supports the centre AND lands you an incredible swag bag, t-shirt, finisher bracelet & an incredible sense of community pride! Sign up to join the Pickle Planet Pacers here: http://bit.ly/PicklePlanetPacersTeam)
Disclosure: Tosh is the past MC for the Moncton run & Jenna has received her registration in exchange for race promotion in 2020 & 2021. We both believe in the Centre and the invaluable services it provides to our community. All opinions are our own.
Oh, and did we mention? The Beausejour Family Crisis Resource Centre is also home to Marielle, New Brunswick’s first Courthouse Support Dog Guide. She helps victims of violence during trials and more. You can follow her adventures online: www.instagram.com/labellemariellenb