By Dr. Jane Matheson, CEO Wood’s Homes
You may be wondering who is Wood’s Homes? What do they do? Build houses? How did they manage to stay alive and thriving for 101 years? Who uses Wood’s Homes’ services, and what do they stand for? What is their philosophy? Some of these questions can be answered by visiting the information on this site.
Here, meanwhile, are the Top 10 Principles of Wood’s Homes. Continue reading
1. The definition of bullying:
- When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it – even when you tell them to stop or show them that you’re upset – that’s BULLYING.
2. The warning signs of bullying:
- Your child shows an abrupt lack of interest in school or refuses to go to school.
- Takes an unusual route to school.
- Suffers drop in grades
- Is sad, sullen, angry or scared after receiving an email, text, or phone call.
- Has torn or missing clothing
- Plays alone, or prefers to hang with adults
By Esther Groen, Foster Care Support Worker – Wood’s Homes
Ever wonder what it’s like to run an organization with 400 staff and 35 programs in 6 locations?
Ask me – I was the lucky winner of a staff contest and got to spend the day with our CEO Dr. Jane Matheson!
On January 27, bright and early in the morning, myself and another winner, Amanda Starchuk (Program Supervisor of the new Youth Community Program) had the privilege of being CEO for a day and spent the next 12 hours learning a little bit about what it takes to run this large and complex agency.
Getting well-acquainted with the political realm Continue reading
By Kirk Weeks, Evergreen Program Manager – Wood’s Homes
A tough, gang-entrenched, 15-year-old girl came to Evergreen from Winnipeg in April 2012. We quickly discovered that this angry, scared young lady, who lashed out at small things, was hiding a caring and sensitive girl underneath.
When she first came to us, she would rarely let her caring and sensitive side show. This was how she kept herself safe. She would get into fights with other kids, run away, yell at staff, or even sometimes hit them. This meant that police were occasionally involved and she would sometimes be taken into custody, but she always came back. Continue reading