Photo above: The sun shines on the Grand Opening ceremonies for Star Seedlings on Saturday May 25th. Note puddles on the parking lot in the background here, from rain that was falling just a few minutes before this picture was taken. Left to right: Jan Patterson, RSCT director of Early Childhood Education, George Ivanoff, board member, Diana Hughes, RSCT founder and board member, Karen Weyler, Childcare Director, James Brian, RSCT Executive Director, and Catherine Daugherty, board member. In the foreground are two trees that were being planted to mark the occasion. On the easel behind George is the list of donors, friends and helpers who were being honoured.
On Saturday May 25th, 2109, friends, donors, helpers and supporters were invited to celebrate to come to 81 Speedvale Ave. Guelph to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre.
It may not look like it in the pictures, but May 25th was a wet and rainy Saturday. However, the weather did clear up in time for the opening ceremony, which Childcare Director Karen Weyler had planned to hold in the back yard of the Centre. Not only did the rain stop, but for a while the sun came out from behind the clouds to shine on the gathering and dedication.
Karen had prepared a list of the names of the friends, sponsors and supporters she wanted to honour at the Grand Opening. They were all invited, and many of them were on hand for the event. Even though not everyone was able to attend, all their names were read by Karen in her thank you to the community. The full list is included below.
In the weeks following the Grand Opening ceremony, the Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre received the long-awaited final Ministry approval and was able to start accepting children and their families into the program.
So if you know someone who might like to enroll their child in the Star Seedlings program, please encourage them to come out to this Saturday’s July 20th Open House (10 am to 2 pm), or if that doesn’t work for them, suggest that they contact Karen for an interview.
Donations and Support for Creation of Star Seedling Childcare
On behalf of everyone at Rudolf Steiner Centre we would like to acknowledge and thank you for your contributions:
Carl Visser and the Board of Riverside Community Reformed Church
David Libbenga and the Society for Biodynamic Farming and Gardening in Ontario
Diane Kyd and Camphill Communities Ontario
Halton Waldorf School Early Childhood Faculty
James W and the Woodshop of Camphill
Jan Ney Patterson
Josh Harriman and crew
Linda Lee and Paper Pippit
Mulberry Waldorf School Early Childhood Faculty
Rudolf Steiner Centre Class of 2019 Ariadna, Wahsont:io, Joong Gwang, Daniel, Dong Dong, Sulamita
Wilhelm “Willie” Platzer