Verna is consistently readily available, grounded in her advice and able to see her mentees perspective in an objective, articulate and an emotionally supportive way. She and Kevin have been foster parents for 19 years, cared for 33 children, a grandma to 7 children and many more call her mother and friend. She is a long time CAST Representative and Foster Parent Trainer. Verna goes above and beyond as a mentor. She and Kevin have [...]
One year ago, Regina and Simon accepted the sudden responsibility of caring for five siblings from their cultural community and unexpectedly grew from a family of five to a family of ten. With a sense of humour, Regina explains how it all unfolded: “I didn’t know that one day I would be a mother to eight children. When my husband and I met, we talked about having children; I wanted two and he bumped it to [...]
If there is one word to describe Kasey during her thirty-plus years in Social Work, it would be passionate. Kasey is happy to talk “foster care” with anyone, and her passion becomes quickly evident; as it should for someone who has had such a storied career. Her path has taken her through both the private and non-profit sector, the Catholic school system and the government first as a caseworker and now as a foster care [...]
“I would choose them to be on everyone’s team,’’commented one Team Leader, describing the benefits of working with Adam and Monique McCardle. Having fostered for eight years, Monique and Adam have managed a household of up to 12, including adults. In addition to their biological children, they have also adopted one, have been granted private guardianship of another, and have had many foster children at any one time. The McCardles have persevered with children (and [...]
Dear CFPA Families, I'd like to extend the sincere thanks of the myself and the CFPA board to all of you who made it out to our AGM this past Monday. The food was great and company even better and I was happy how engaged everyone was. I'd like to briefly recap the evening for those of you who couldn't make it. We discussed our financial position and voted in our new board. The new [...]
May 25 the CFPA enjoyed a day at Butterfield Acres. We had a wonderful, fun filled day even in the rain. Our families enjoyed wagon rides, goat milking, baby chicks and many more fun farm activities. We are thankful for Butterfield Acres for hosting us.
Tubing was a hit! Thank you to all the families who made it out both nights. The weather was amazing, the hill was FAST and the company was the incredible. It's always so wonderful to get together with other families. I know my kids were happy to see old friends and make some new ones. There was a few Lost and Found Items. I have a pair of black sunglasses, and toddler water bottle and [...]
The 2018 CFPA summer camp was a huge success this year which brought our families together for a weekend of fun out in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. This year campers participated in activities including an obstacle course, various sports activities, paddle boats/canoeing, billiards, air hockey, basketball a movie night, indoor/outdoor games, and campfires. It was also a great weekend and opportunity for caregivers to spend much needed time together in fellowship and rejuvenation [...]