Our latest in our Raising Haligonians series features the Birch family. After spending the last eleven years in Calgary, Sarah and Dana Birch felt it was time to move back home to the East Coast so that they could raise their two young children (Amelia, age seven, and Ewan, age two) close to family.
This annual community event is more than a really fun fundraiser for the IWK, it’s a way for one family to heal and give back, and for other families to find support and share their stories. Jennifer Manuel, the organizer and Jessica’s mother, shared the story of the origin of the event with us and how you and your family can help give back too.
Meng Zhao moved to Halifax from China to attend university and ended up staying to raise her family. She says she hopes by growing up here that her boys will gain "Haligonian qualities" such as being hardworking, loyal to family, optimistic and caring.
Paula and Chris Langille moved to Halifax for university and ended up staying here to raise their families as Haligonians: "I hope their values of kindness, politeness and of giving back to their community - whether helping a friend or neighbour or more in an organized format become a part of their being. I hope that being a Haligonian, for them, elicits a positive, fun image of who they are and what this city offers."
""I remember being outside until the sun set and it being totally normal," she says. "We wanted the same for our children." The Turlo Family shares why they chose to move back from Halifax, when they were living in Toronto, to raise their young family.
The Raising Haligonians series profiles several families across the Halifax Regional Municipality and delves into what they love about about this region and why they're choosing to raise their families here.
Why did you choose to raise your family here? To me, being a Haligonian means raising people who respect and care about our neighbours, who have a special love for the land and nature, and who will always have salt water running through their veins as residents of Canada's Ocean Playground.
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The book My Two Grandmothers, published by Nimbus Publishing, tells the tale of two grandmas who are unique from each other in almost every way. One grandmother is Acadian, the other is Scottish; their traditions are different, their grandparenting style is different, even the words they use to describe things are different. One thing about them is exactly the same, however, and that is the love for their grandchildren.
Reading this book will naturally lead to conversations about your child's grandmother - noticing similarities with one of the grandmothers in the book, or noticing a big difference between them. Use these discussions to set up the book extension activity (and free printable you can download!) that we've created for My Two Grandmothers.
Our pick for this week's Family Fun adventure is Shubie Park. Forty acres of forest filled with winding trails, local wildlife, charming bridges, a sandy beach, and a fascinating locks and canal system makes up Shubie Park in Dartmouth and it is a guaranteed hit with our family.