By Michael Christianson
Sherri Ambridge gave a window into her world at the Dryden Library on Jan. 28 for their monthly Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network Living Library Program.
Although Ambridge is a high school teacher who is not stranger to an audience, she admitted she was nervous. That seemed to fade away quickly.
During her talk Ambridge said she found old school notes about aspirations dating back to first grade and it said her first choice of career was a mom, and her second was a teacher. Ambridge accomplished both those goals in order and with great satisfaction. Her notes also mentioned wanting to be a nurse and Ambridge says she still wants to train to become a nursing coach.
Ambridge has kids, grandkids and has been a part of many lives of foster children and students. Being a foster parent comes from her love of volunteering and helping which she was taught at a young age. When her kids were younger she volunteered with whatever club or activies they were doing.
In the high school she started a First Nations Metis Inuit Alternative Education Program. From there she saw a strong need for help for young mothers. At that time she says there were student moms who had to quit school and others who were pregnant. This led to Mommy and Me lunches where the food class would come in and prepare meals for moms while the parenting class would help look after the kids. Ambridge says staff would come down and play with the kids too. That program led to classrooms with playpens where moms could learn and bring their kids.
Ambridge saw another issue at the school, kids coming to school hungry. Breakfast programs in those groups led to a breakfast program for the whole school which grew to other schools as well
Ambridge is active outside of the classroom in and outside of school. She loves the outdoors and she can often be found helping out at events in town. She loves adventure and trying new things. Next stop is skydiving.
A true role model in Dryden Ambridge says to keep learning, always pay forward good things, and community will take care of their own.
The next Living Library will be Feb. 25 with Police Chief Doug Palson.