These past four months as the incoming Executive Director have just “zoomed” by – pardon the pun!

I am very excited to be a part of the CVCDA. Most of my career has been spent running non-profit organizations in the fields of disability and child welfare. I am now thrilled to have the opportunity to continue the work that I love for families here in the Comox Valley. This has been a very unique and challenging time to begin a new position in a new community however, since my arrival in January I have felt extraordinarily welcomed and supported by the CVCDA board of directors and staff. Under any circumstances it would be a big adjustment for an organization to go through a change in leadership let alone in such uncertain times. I am grateful for the enthusiasm I have been greeted with from both the organization and the local community.

Moving to BC a year ago to be closer to family and my new grandson was a life changing decision. One I am thankful to say I haven’t regretted. Being a farm girl growing up on the Saskatchewan prairies, I have a soft spot for close communities. They tend to be filled with big hearted people who always support each other and that is exactly what I have experienced here right from the start! There is nothing that can replace the spirit of a community working to provide the very best to its people. And, it is that undeniable spirit which has been prevalent in the Comox Valley since our world spiraled into crisis.

Families have been experiencing an unprecedented amount of stress in the past few months, which also greatly impacts their children. The well-being of all children and youth are the key to our future and brighter days ahead. I am very proud of our CVCDA team who are working diligently to help our children continue to thrive in spite of this turmoil and so thankful for their dedication to the children of the Comox Valley. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” I am looking forward to the future with the CVCDA and furthering the work and mandate of this amazing organization, to enrich the lives of children.

And finally, a BIG thank you to all of our funders for their continual support through out these last couple of months.

Cindy Xavier

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Comox Valley Child Development Association Quarterly