One of the things I love about working at Bradshaws is that each day is different... This keeps me highly interested in what I do! The other thing I love about being at Bradshaws is making personal connections with our customers. This month we ran a contest for Father's Day and we received many great entries, but one in particular REALLY stood out and made an impact on me as I know it will you...
"Dear Bradshaws Team,
In most ways that a dad can be exemplary, my dad has been and more! We used to refer to him as Mr. Mom before I realized that this titled enforced societal gender roles. On September 2nd, 2012 my mom passed away from suicide. I was only 14 at the time, but my initial thought was that my life was destined to go downhill. However, looking at my dad and his strength through the situation quickly taught me that I could get myself through this. Ever since then, he has made sure to continually teach me I could get myself through anything. We kept our routine going, and even though my mom was the love of his life, he always made sure I came before his own grief. He made sure he used my mom's death to advocate for mental health (as she always had) and involved himself deeply into projects such as the Huron Perth centre for children's mental health and the United Way. My dad has always been involved in his community, by giving more than he gets out through his job and many other non profit organizations. Despite having always been a charitable, understanding, and patient man, my mom's death made him a better person even though I didn't think it was possible.
Many of us have been touched by relatives and friends with mental health issues. Hannah's message affected me deeply not only because I have lost a friend and relative to suicide, but because I am always so inspired by people who are able to overcome situations that seem insurmountable. Her positivity amidst years of struggle and grief truly inspire me. Her ability to put her feelings into words so succinctly at such a young age is impressive. And mostly, the positive connection she has with her Dad is amazing. We are so happy to hear that it is possible to come out of a life altering experience in this way. We applaud Hannah, and we know that her Dad Ron has done an incredible job being a supportive parent and has helped her to become the wonderful person that she is. Congratulations to Hannah for winning this contest and to Ron as well for winning our Zwilling Pro Smart Chef Knife and Cutting Board for Father's Day. May you enjoy preparing many happy and healthy meals together...
The Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth is an accredited community-based children’s mental health centre that provides assessment and treatment services for mental health concerns for children and youth up to their 18th birthday. Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth has been in operation since 1977 and is the Lead Agency for Child and Youth Mental Health for Huron and Perth. It provides consultation and referrals, 'Therapeutic Parenting', trauma and family/caregiver support.
To help support the wonderful services offered to our youth in this community, Bradshaws has made a donation to The Huron-Perth Centre for Children and you can too! Volunteer or donate to Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth.
Hannah's Mom Janice was past president of the Stratford Zonta Club which awards a bursary annually in her name for a young woman entering the trades. The Janice Bantle Memorial Award ~ Women in Trades Bursary is presented annually for young women entering a recognized skilled trade program. Priority is given to those entering “non-traditional” skilled trades and awarded through the local Zonta Club of Stratford which empowers women through service and advocacy.
This post is dedicated to Hannah's Mom Janice Bantle who would be so proud of her daughter, and to all the great Dads out there like Ron who are selflessly empowering their kids to live productive, happy and healthy lives.