his past month, team members and colleagues came together to celebrate and honour Pam Crowe’s 35 years of service on the Comox Valley Child Development Association’s Board of Directors. The event marked a change of tides for the organization as she metaphorically handed over the torch to our new board chair, Diane Daigle, who was elected back in April of this year. 

Pam’s strong and steady leadership of the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) has made an impact on the Comox Valley. She has led the organization through many changes, from the original location in Cumberland through to where the offices are currently, at the corner of 3rd Street and Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay. Pam has been instrumental in establishing the CVCDA as an essential service to the children and families of the Comox Valley. 

The event allowed for those connected to the CVCDA to participate in honouring her dedication to the organization and the community. A number of current CVCDA Board members spoke at the event to Pam’s commitment and invaluable contribution to the organization. Her strong legacy spans beyond her 20 years as Board Chair and 35 years total on the board. Even her husband, David Gibson has roots as a founding board member of the organization at its Cumberland inception in 1974. The board felt It fitting and wanted to honour her commitment over the past 35 years and beyond by naming the Autism Centre, the Pam Crowe Autism Centre of Excellence.

 Pam also received special messages from invited guests including Mary Everson, representing local first nations’ families who have been supported by the CVCDA, service club member from the Baynes Sound Lions, Jacquie Miller, who has worked closely with Pam throughout their numerous fundraising initiatives and local Courtenay Mayor, Bob Wells and past Comox Mayor, Paul Ives. 

During Pam’s time as Board Chair, she also worked alongside four different CVCDA Executive Directors. Heather McFetridge from 1994-2008, Lorraine Aitken from 2008-2014, Joanne Schroeder from 2014-2020 and current ED, Cindy Xavier. All Executive Directors offered words at the event where the common thread was the support they all experienced through her guidance and the value of having a strong and stable board. While Pam’s strong leadership will be missed by the CVCDA leadership, her legacy will continue to be a guiding influence and the standard set by which the organization can continue to achieve exceptional work in the community.

 Finally, the event was an opportunity to present Pam with a very special plaque naming her Ambassador to the CVCDA. Pam’s involvement with the CVCDA started with the Annual Children’s Telethon 45 years ago. Today, she continues to volunteer her time to the CVCDA as the Telethon Chair. In recognition of Pam being the CVCDA’s longest standing volunteer with the CVCDA, the Board of Directors created the Ambassador position to recognize Pam’s dedication to the agency and her continued work as a volunteer with the CVCDA and the Annual Children’s Telethon.

 On the heels of this lovely event, Pam is back at it planning and preparing, through a pandemic, for the 45th CVCDA Children’s Telethon. The event is scheduled for Sunday, November 1st, 2020 from 12pm to 8pm. This year’s event, for the first time ever will be strictly virtual. This means you can follow along from home or where ever you are either on Shaw TV, social media or through online streaming.

 For those interested in supporting the 45th CVCDA Children’s Telethon, there are a number of ways to contribute to this year’s fundraising goals. The 2020 CVCDA Silent Auction is now open for bidding online at CVCDA.CA. Supporters are also encouraged to make online donations any time leading up to, during or after the Telethon. Additionally, volunteers will be ready to take your call-in donations (250-334-9200) throughout the live Shaw Spotlight broadcast. Donations can additionally be made any time before or after the Telethon by calling our main reception 250-338-4288. And finally, supporters have the option to purchase tickets in the CVCDA’s first ever online 50/50 Draw. Visit CVCDA.CA for all details.

 The Comox Valley Child Development Association is a non-profit organization locally supporting children, youth and adults with diverse abilities and their families for 46 years. In 2019, over 1000 Comox Valley children and their families used services at the CVCDA. All of the CVCDA’s programs are designed to not only enrich the lives of the people who access these services but also to contribute to a stronger Comox Valley that welcomes and includes everyone who lives here.

Brooklyn Galloway

Media Contact, Comox Valley Child Development Association