Community dinner for Debbie and Ted Crickmore

Staff at the McMaster Children's Centre in Hamilton and Debbie's friends at Mohawk College are hosting a community fundraising dinner Nov. 22. Full details below.

Mohaw College hosts a community fundraising dinner Nov. 22 for a local and provincial leader in early childhood education.

The dinner will raise money and show support for Debbie Crickmore and her husband Ted, who’s been diagnosed with a rare and progressive degenerative brain disease.

Debbie is executive director at the McMaster Children’s Centre, chair of Hamilton’s Affiliated Services for Children and Youth Supervisors’ Network Group, past chair of Mohawk’s Early Childhood Education advisory program, inaugural chair of the province’s Early Childhood Education Industry Committee for Apprenticeship and co-author of a quality assurance program that has been adopted by childcare centres in 16 communities across Ontario.


Debbie’s career achievements and community contributions were recognized earlier this year with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. In January, Debbie will receive a Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Award.


Mohawk’s Alumni Association is sponsoring children’s arts, crafts and games at the dinner while the Mohawk Students’ Association will show a family movie. The spaghetti dinner will also include live entertainment, a silent auction and raffle. Auction items include lunch for two with Hamilton Police Chief Brian Mullan and a private cartooning lesson with Hamilton Spectator editorial cartoonist Graeme Mackay.


Proceeds from the dinner will help pay for Ted and Debbie’s medical expenses and home renovations.

Doors open at 4:30 the North Cafeteria at Mohawk’s Fennell Campus. The dinner costs $25 per adult, $20 per student, $15 per child (kids under three are free). To make reservations, please call Mohawk Special Events at 905. 575.2023 or email to

For more information, contact Jay Robb, Director of Media Relations, Internal Communications, Community Projects and Special Events at 905.575.1212 ext. 3965 or email to



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Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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