Realizing potential for ten years

Cole Carruthers
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Mayor Glenn Hagel wishes KidsFirst happy birthday during a tenth year anniversary Saturday, held at the Moose Jaw Field House.

There were dozens of children present, but the birthday party they were attending wasn’t for a ten-year-old.

KidsFirst celebrated its tenth anniversary at the Moose Jaw Field House on Saturday.

KidsFirst is a voluntary program that helps vulnerable families to become the best parents they can be and to have the healthiest children possible. The program enhances knowledge, provides support and builds on family strengths.

“For ten years KidsFirst has been providing great programs for children and families,” executive director Terry Hutchinson for mental health and addictions services at Five Hills Regional Health Authority told the audience. “One thing that is key is the home visiting program, its a cornerstone in programming that reaches out to families and provides great service.”

Mayor Glenn Hagel was also present to show the city’s support for KidsFirst. “Some kids aren’t born with all the advantages, but they still deserve to be strong and healthy and that’s what KidsFirst is all about.”

“The very first family to come to KidsFirst were from right here in Moose Jaw,” Hagel told the audience.

KidsFirst Moose Jaw has a mental health and addiction counselor, life skills coach and a speech and language pathologist.

“It’s important to celebrate our accomplishments, especially the home care curriculum they deliver,” KIdsFirst program manager Krista Bakke said. “It’s helping families to understand that being interactive can really impact the growth and development of their children.”

For more on this story pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald

Organizations: Moose Jaw Field House on Saturday.KidsFirst, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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