2021 has certainly had its disruptions and challenges. I know that staff and families alike are looking forward to a much-needed break. As we head into summer and the festive season it feels timely to reflect on the important things which persisted despite the challenging year we have had – and perhaps the most important of these – our community.
The Champion Centre has always been a supportive community, made up of current and past families, staff and supporters. This year we were excited to welcome 40 new families to our programmes. In total, 235 families were enrolled in our service. It was with a tinge of sadness but much pride and anticipation we also said farewell to 48 children and their families who made their transition to school. It's a privilege to join children and families each week.
At the Centre we love being able to celebrate all children's successes however big or small, such as achieving milestones, learning new skills, making connections with others and simply having fun through play. We also feel privileged to be here during the tougher times. After all, this is what community is about – supporting one another. So, THANK-YOU to everyone in our Champion Centre community: to our families; to our highly skilled and dedicated staff; and to our wonderful supporters who help make sure we have the funds to continue to do what we need to do. Together we navigated 2021!
We wish you and your loved ones a safe and relaxing holiday and we look forward to seeing you next year. Meri Kirihimete,