Chances are if you found our website, you’ve at least heard there’s an organization with that name, although maybe not the one in our town. “BRIDGES” does tend to be a popular name because we all need bridges of some sort to get through life. Maybe you were searching for “mental health” and found us that way. Or maybe you already know B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Hinton as a warm, friendly place where people meet for food, fun and fellowship, and to support one another as they share their experience living with mental health issues.
B.R.I.D.G.E.S. stands for “Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Goals & Employment Society”. Quite a handle, eh? In a nutshell, we offer opportunities for people to meet, learn, socialize, grow and encourage one another. That means different things for different people, but you can be sure that we will welcome you just where you’re at, and give you the freedom and the opportunity to choose where you want to go.
Please take a moment to browse our website and learn more about our B.R.I.D.G.E.S. You’ll find a bit of history, information on what’s happening now, and resources that may be helpful. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
FEBRUARY 1, 2017
To all the Valued BRIDGES’ Members, Interagency Partners and the Hinton Community;
BRIDGES would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Employment Specialist for Persons with Disabilities - Shawn Hodder.
Shawn has been in this role since January 9, 2017, and is already fitting right in to the BRIDGES community.
With a background in Human Resources and Humanities, Shawn Hodder brings a recruiter's perspective to BRIDGES’ Employment Program. Shawn grew up in Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University and a post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Durham College.
As our new employment specialist, Shawn has an open-door policy and is looking forward to working with the Hinton community to help overcome barriers to employment.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to drop by and say “hi,” and introduce yourself to Shawn.
On behalf of the BRIDGES’ Staff and Board of Directors
Sept. 28, 2016
Dear Valued Bridges Members,
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Executive Director of BRIDGES The Hinton Housing and Employment Society. Brian Reid has been in this role since September 12, and is already fitting right in to the BRIDGES community. Brian has over 20 years experience in the Human Services, Adult Education and the Non-Profit sector.He has many years of varied experience working with and supporting individuals with disabilities, and was previously employed at the Canadian Mental Health Association. Brian and his wife (Chrissie) are fresh faces to Hinton, and are looking forward to becoming actively involved members of the community.
Brian’s experiences and qualifications are impressive in their own right, but we are most impressed by Brian’s open communication style. He has an open door policy and is interested in hearing from the members; past , present, and the future of BRIDGES. He is looking forward to having discussions about how Bridges has affected people’s lives and how we, as a community agency, can better serve the members.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to drop by and say “hi,” and introduce yourself to Brian. Also, check out our monthly calendar, as well as renew your membership for the 2016-2017 year (if you have not had a chance to do so).
We look forward to working with you in the future to help BRIDGES continue to thrive as a valued agency in the community. We thank you for your continued support.
The Bridges Staff and Board of Directors