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.
Making a mom friend is not an easy task, and when you're new to a community - or even just new to being a mom! - it can be even harder. Navigating new social waters at the best of times can be challenging but throw in a kid or two and it can be damn near impossible to build bonds with other people when you can't even finish a sentence because your kid has a mouthful of dirt or your 18 month old is suddenly at the top of a six foot ladder.
In Halifax we have a reputation for being friendly but I've heard time and time again from new moms to the area (or even lifelong Haligonians who are new to being moms) who tell me that Halifax can be a hard place to make REAL friends.
If you aren’t singing nursery rhymes while you do squats yet, you will be after you take one of the new Port City Strollers fitness classes!
Courtney Ceponis is the owner of Port City Strollers and she is launching a new strolller fitness program aimed at parents who want to put exercise back into their lives and have fun and connect with their child and other parents at the same time.
BONUS: She's offering free trial classes this month for anyone interested in trying out her fun classes before the regular program kicks off in January!