Pickle Planet Podcast

Pickle Planet Podcast

You can help create one of North America's first trauma-informed daycares right here in New Brunswick

June 07, 2021

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!)

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.