›› Laura Palmer

Fernwood NRG and the Fernwood ­Community Centre have always been well known for our community meals. Whether it be our family dinner, student dinner, or senior’s lunch in the past, we have always had something for everyone.

Fernwood Family Dinners are ­making a (COVID-friendly) comeback! We will be serving our family dinner to-go every Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm. This is a pre-registered event and we are able to serve the first 80 people who register. We are serving chilled meals that are ready to take home to be heated and served. Each meal will have a vegetarian or meat option. We are unfortunately unable to ­accommodate any other special or dietary requests. To register, visit fernwoodfamilydinner.­eventbrite.­ca. If you have any questions, email Sasha at info@­fernwoodnrg.ca or call 250-381-1552 ext.100.

Fernwood NRG’s Family Programs team has been hard at work serving our ­community. ­Throughout the pandemic, our Family Support Workers have been ­providing food deliveries, one-on-one outreach sessions, and connections to services for our community. We have been working hard to provide services in a way that is new to everyone on our team. We have successfully provided support to over 100 families in and around the Fernwood neighbourhood.

As we move into the fall season, we will be starting to facilitate groups. We will be starting small and slow, by first opening our Best Babies and Mother Goose Programs. Although we will be unable to serve food, we know there are many other benefits to these programs. We are very excited to see the babies that have grown and continue to foster those social interactions between staff and other families in the community. We have seen the impact that COVID-19 has not only on the parent’s that we work with, but also their children. We are thrilled to be making steps towards having more community programs. If you have a baby under the age of one and you are interested in registering for these programs, please contact Laura at 250-216-1938.