As the great-great grandson of the founders of the Cridge Centre for the Family, Michael Cridge had always known about his family legacy.
But it was when he moved from Vancouver to Victoria in 1984, that he saw first hand all that the Cridge offers.
Cridge Centre CEO Shelley Morris lists the support offered by the Centre: “childcare, work with seniors, with survivors of a brain injury, we deal with domestic violence, immigrants and refugees, young parents, we deal with families who have children with a disability…”
Michael Cridge has a background in finance with the bank of Montreal. He joined the board of the Cridge Centre in 1990, and moved into the role of treasurer.
Board members and staff of the Cridge are grateful for his stewardship
“Most people think of treasurers as people that will hold on to that money, and protect it” says board chair Valerie Fuller.
“Mike, on the other hand, will say: ‘look at the money that we’ve got to share’ and ‘how can we use it the best?!’ ”
Now, Michael’s deep dedication to the Centre has been recognized, with a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.
“Mike is very beloved by our entire organization, and so we are extremely proud of him, and he is such a humble man” says Morris.
Colin Moorman, retired CEO of the organization agrees.
“He is such a fine individual. He’s a gentleman, he is a caring individual, as obviously the award suggests…”
Michael Cridge admits he “didn’t know I was up for [the award] – I really didn’t know what the award was all about, actually.”
What the award “is about” is recognizing Canadians who volunteer their time not only to help others, but to help build a smarter, and more caring nation.
Cridge humbly adds “there’s so many well deserving people in our community that volunteer their time, their talent and so on, and money…that also deserve this award…that ought to be recognized too.”
Learn more about the Cridge Centre here.