Meet the Board
We asked our board members to share why they serve on the board of the AAFRC, and why they are passionate about our mission.
My involvement with the AAFRC stems from a desire to be involved in the community in a meaningful way. When I was a mom of young children I would have found the resources to be so valuable. I think the only time I had the opportunity to interact with AAFRC programming was when our youngest was Pre-Kindergarten and she and I did the "Rock n Read" program. It was so good for her (and me), and I highly value the opportunity to be involved with an organization that supports families with young children through play and education.
Policy Committee Chair
The 0-5 years are crucial for a positive life trajectory. AAFRC provides free, accessible programming for families with children ages 0-5 years. This programming provides opportunities for positive, developmentally appropriate interactions between parent/care-giver and child. Playful, thoughtful and caring Interactions between adults and very young children promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitve development. Maximizing pre-school children's development contributes to healthy and happy times for very young children and their families. AAFRC is committed to providing programming for our youngest...so the children in our communities can thrive, our families are empowered, and our communities grow stronger.
Finance Committee Chair
The AAFRC was a great place for our family to connect with the community when our kids were preschool age and I love that I can continue my involvement with the organization now as a board member. The programs offered by the center are beneficial for both parents and the children. As parents, we were able to connect with other new parents and learn from their experiences while the children spent time playing, making new friends and learning new skills that helped prepare them for kindergarten in a fun and interactive way. I look forward to
seeing what the organization accomplishes in the years to come.
Town of Altona Representative
Robyn, Erin & Katryna
Public Health Representatives
The AAFRC is such a wonderful resource for families in our communities to learn and grow together working with a supportive group. Connection is so important for empowering families in the community. The activities and kits that the AAFRC provide are so beneficial to families and children to provide a fun ways to learn while bonding. As the community public health nurses we want to help our clients access as many resources as we can, and be active participants in making those resources as amazing as possible! For us, empowering families is so important. When you feel supported and strong, you can take on anything!
Program Committee Chair
My family benefitted directly from AAFRC programs and services when my children were young. The AAFRC provided a place for my kids to learn and play while I could connect with other parents and learn important information for my children’s (and my own) health and development.
I found the AAFRC to be a lifesaver for me when I was a mom with young children who had just moved to the community. It provided a supportive place to meet other kids and caregivers and make meaningful connections. The Stay & Play drop-in program (and other more specific programming) contributed to the healthy development and socialization of my kids, and AAFRC still holds a special place in my heart, as well as the memories of my daughters who are now older. I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through that period of my life without this critical community resource - I am eternally thankful to have found it, and am so delighted to now be able to give back as a board member!
Program & Policy Committee
Public Relations Committee