The Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild has received an award in recognition of the quilts that members make and present every year to graduates of the New Beginnings Young Parent Program. (Submitted photo)

The Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild has received an award in recognition of the quilts that members make and present every year to graduates of the New Beginnings Young Parent Program. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild recognized for support of young-parent program

Group a recipient of Partnership Award from B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association

The Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild is among five recipients of the recent B.C. Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association (BCPVPA) Partnership Awards.

The awards are presented to groups and individuals who have made a substantial difference over time through projects that benefit their local schools.

Nominations are submitted by the BCPVPA’s 60 chapters across the province.

The Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild was nominated by the Abbotsford school district.

The group makes and distributes quilts for several charities, and was nominated for their contribution to the local New Beginnings Young Parent Program, through which young parents can complete or upgrade their high school education.

RELATED: Young parents hold event in Abbotsford to thank supporters

The guild honours each graduate with the presentation of a quilt made for the children of each grad.

They also provide a yearly bursary to a graduating student of New Beginnings for their post-secondary pursuits.

“The guild appreciates the proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ We are pleased that our quilts, a lasting memory of success and a symbol of encouragement, recognize our place in the global community,” said Harriet Tomashewski of the Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild.

The other four award recipients are from the Okanagan-Similkameen, Chilliwack, Cowichan and Rocky Mountain school districts.

The awards are normally presented in person every May at an event in Vancouver. This year, chapter representatives have been encouraged, where possible, to personally present the award to their local recipient.

RELATED: New Beginnings graduates thank their supporters

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