Our second annual “I Love Mom” breakfast fundraiser was a huge success last Tuesday! Thank you to everyone who attended and a special thank you to our passionate key-note speaker, Dr. Adele Diamond. The event raised almost $7,000 in support of creating connections and opportunity for moms and kids in Vancouver’s inner city. We are humbled (and delighted) by everyone’s remarkable generosity.

That morning, Adele reminded us that no one’s full potential can be met when they’re under extreme stress; whether it’s worrying about housing security or having no idea who to turn to for help. The constant stress and exhaustion of poverty steals all the positive energy that one has, leaving little room for individual and family growth.

To help break the viscous cycle of shame and stress, it is so crucial that we show children we care by giving them our time and attention; actions speak louder than words! But, if we want children to grow up to live happy and healthy lives, we need to go back to square one – and reduce stress for the parents.

As social beings, we need to feel like there are people there who care about us, believe in us, and are there for us. Parents especially need to feel like they’re a part of something larger than themselves; a community with common, shared goals that they can lean on. As Bill Milliken, founder of Communities in Schools, so wonderfully put it:

 “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children. A great program creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children.”

… Which is entirely what we do at Mom2Mom, where the relationship is what matters most! Kids don’t grow up in programs, they grow up in communities.

Thank you again to everyone who came out, and thank you Adele for making it such a wonderful Mother’s Day event!

{Photo, L to R: Executive Director Melinda Markey, Dr. Adele Diamond, M2M Co-Founder Joanne Roussy}