Submitted by June Aponiuk, Secretary
Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild, Leduc, AB
As with many quilt guilds, we are happy to provide quilts where there is a need. In our case, the majority of quilts are given to the Children’s Heart Society for the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton and to the local office of Family and Child Services, Government of Alberta, where there is as great a need. The latter are used as a ‘safety blanket’ for sexually abused children during their first interview. Depending on the age of the child, the child may choose the ‘blanket’ they wish and are told that they may keep the ‘blanket’ forever. The ‘blanket’ then goes with the child to subsequent interviews and wherever the child may go from there. Sometimes this ‘blanket’ is the only thing the child owns. The ‘blanket’ is the only item allowed in the room with the interviewer and the child.
Most children in this case, are toddlers and children between the ages of 2 and 6. In appreciation of the Guild’s efforts, Ariane Sweet, interviewer with Family and Child Services in Leduc, presented our Guild with an inscribed plaque in appreciation for the several hundred quilts provided and used over the years. Cecile Sigfuson, chair of the Friendship Quilt committee received the plaque on the Guild’s behalf, for it is she who organizes quilt ‘kits’, work bees and ‘tie’ nights. It is due to her dedication to those in need, that we can continue to provide ‘safety blankets’ to sexually abused children in our area and tiny quilts to the Stollery for the heart babies. As well, larger quilts are made and provided for adults who are victims of violence.