Knitting for youth in need

Big Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre co-ordinator Tara Ettinger (centre) is surrounded by the many skillful and caring hands of Pinegrove Care Centre residents who knitted 30 pairs of slippers and toques recently as part of Pinegrove’s recreation program, Community Connections.

The warming apparel will be gifted to help local youth in need through the child and youth advocacy centre.

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“The residents connected and built this community and now they’re still caring and giving back to it,” said Pinegrove Care Centre site leader Deb Frasca.

Clockwise from top left: recreation manager Wendy Romanouski, longtime Pinegrove friend Marie Houston, residents Sophie Aalto, Lynn Black, Ettinger and residents Georgina Salle and Audrey Goldt.

The Big Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is bringing agencies and organizations together to strengthen the ability to respond to child maltreatment and to ensure support to children, youth and their families remains a top priority. The advocacy centre will offer early intervention for children and youth who have been impacted by physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

A fundraising launch of the centre will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

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