I’d like to take some time and share with you about a very special piece of the project. The dream for the play space has always included a quiet corner for children who are uncomfortable with the noise and bustle of regular play equipment.
Now, thanks to a remarkable woman named Judy Cromwell, we will have a quiet reading space for children and their parents.
Judy was an exceptional teacher who worked in both Quebec and New Brunswick and finished her career here in Westfield Elementary school. Judy was known for her passion for teaching, and her desire to shape the minds of children toward curiosity and learning. As her family put it: “To Judy, every student was a treasure and it meant the world to her that she was given the gift to teach, encourage and develop her special students”. Her own love of reading often spilled over to the children she taught, and she became a natural advocate for literacy in the early years.
Sadly, it was a year ago, that Judy passed away after a courageous 4-year journey with cancer. She is dearly missed by her friends, family and loved ones. Judy was truly a remarkable woman. Her passion for children and literacy prompted her to donate funds to the Play Park Project, with the assurance that we would establish a cozy reading corner for children and their parents. Talk about sowing into the next generation!
Judy’s love and legacy will live on. Her legacy will not only touch the people closest to her who will always cherish their memories of her, her legacy will also touch future generations of children through gentle moments of reading and pouring over books in a space that will always be referred to as ‘Judy’s Corner’. We want to remember and cherish a woman who lived a strong and beautiful life and is leaving a special reminder of the importance of reading for our young people.