Tom Bushnell & Tanya Currie Speakers for November 16th
Tom Bushnell who is in his 3rd year of law school and working part-time for Tim Wilson's Law Firm was the featured speaker for November 16, 2010. With some introductory comments, Tom introduced Tanya Currie, manager of A Blessed Beginning, a pregnancy care center located in Bonners Ferry.

A Blessed Beginning Pregnancy Care is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving the Bonners Ferry community since January 2008. They offer free pregnancy testing, STD testing and referrals for care, free baby clothing, childbirth classes and parenting counseling. The staff includes a certified professional midwife, midwife facilitated consultation with OB-GYN nurses, trained counselors, and caring volunteers.

Tanya also addressed ome of the programs offered by the center. The "Earn as You Learn Program" allows the client to earn points when they attend classes, continue with their education, participate in on-going counseling, etc. These points can be used to 'purchase' new or slightly used maternity and baby clothing and other items. She described one of their fund raisers whereby money is collected in baby bottles throughout the community that were previously distributed on Mothers Day in May and picked up on Fathers Day in June. Tanya indicated that the center is located across the street from Safeway in Dr. Pam Svec's office; however, they are looking for additional space to accommodate their growing clientele.

A Blessed Beginning has a website: www.blessedbeginning.org