Sin­gle mom ea­ger to work

Montreal Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - KELSEY LITWIN

“I’ve al­ways loved our Christ­mas tra­di­tions,” said Na­dine, a sin­gle mother of two. With the hol­i­day sea­son now in full swing, Na­dine ex­plained she’s look­ing for­ward to dec­o­rat­ing her home with her six-year-old daugh­ter and al­most twoyear-old son. “That’s what I love the most,” she said. “Watch­ing the kids be happy.” Na­dine said the hol­i­days also pro­vide her with the op­por­tu­nity to spend time with loved ones whom she does not of­ten get to see. She said she and her kids will be cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas with her mother’s fam­ily on the 24th and spend­ing time with her late fa­ther’s fam­ily on Christ­mas Day. De­spite the joy hol­i­days bring, this time of year can also be­come a source of stress for some. Since com­ing back from ma­ter­nity leave about a year ago, money has been tight for Na­dine. She was un­able to ob­tain a full-time po­si­tion at a child­care cen­tre once ready to come back to work af­ter hav­ing her son. Now she works on-call, re­plac­ing other ed­u­ca­tors as needed. As the cen­tre at which she works is ex­pected to grow, Na­dine said she’s stay­ing pa­tient. If all goes well, she hopes to have a per­ma­nent po­si­tion within the next year or two. Un­til then, she said she’ll con­tinue to push for­ward on her own. “I don’t re­ally have any­one … to help me,” Na­dine said. Though she and her mother are close, she ex­plained that her mother is also raising an­other child on her own and there­fore can­not of­fer much re­lief to Na­dine. Her ex does not have any close fam­ily around to help ei­ther, she said. To help Na­dine and her fam­ily cel­e­brate the hol­i­days, she will be re­ceiv­ing a $125 cheque from the Mon­treal Gazette Christ­mas Fund. The money, she said, will al­low her to buy gifts for her chil­dren. Ev­ery year, the fund helps thou­sands of Mon­treal­ers in need through the hol­i­day sea­son.

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