About Maggie's Place

Maggie’s Place opened in 1994 and is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of a network of community volunteers and parents interested in supporting families with young children.

Maggie’s Place is a joint project between Colchester and Cumberland counties. Both centres have been made possible by a financial contribution from the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Public Health Agency of Canada, in agreement with the province of Nova Scotia. We are also funded by the NS Dept. of Community Services, United Way of Colchester and Cumberland County and through the generosity of the local communities.

MISSON STATEMENT

To strengthen and enhance the health and social development of children and their families, in Cumberland and Colchester Counties. By providing a variety of promotion and prevention services and programs, our aim is to support families through the preconception, prenatal, infant, early childhood and youth periods, with an emphasis on the ages 0-6 early childhood period. We strive to strengthen partnerships and collaborative activities among families, service providers, communities and governments.

CORE VALUES

-Families are you and those who care about you.
-All families have strengths.
-A variety of family forms can promote the development of both healthy children and healthy adults.
-Programs are flexible and are for the family as a whole.
-True support can be found in our community.



Who Was Maggie?

Maggie’s Place was named in memory of a 5 year old little girl, named Maggie. She died from complications of cerebral-occulo-facio-skeletal syndrome. Weighing only 8 lbs., Maggie was very much like a 6 month old baby when she died, but in many ways she was a regular kid. She giggled when a warm breeze blew on her face and she hated having her face washed. Everyone loved her a lot and she was a pretty terrific person. Remarkably, she reminded us that all persons have great value. Not to mention, she taught us that even tiny people can teach us enormous lessons, showing us how to go beyond the boundaries of our strength.Through her life, her death, and even now, Maggie is teaching all the people her life touched. Whether you have a child who presents the challenges Maggie gave us or whole different set of challenges, being a parent is the finest, most important work you will ever do.


Maggie Cox 1989-1994


Why Ladybugs?

Ladybugs hold a special significance for her family, especially her big sister Emily. You’ll see all kinds of ladybugs at Maggie’s Place!