EBC Statement on Racism and Our Commitment to Systemic Change

EBC-Eastside Baby Corner believes that every child has a right to grow up in a world where they have equal and unfettered access to the things that will help them thrive. As we have all been reminded recently, this is not the case for many children in our country, particularly for children of color. The recent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Manuel Ellis lays bare a system of oppression and systemic racism that cripples the ability of many families to create a safe, nurturing environment for their children.

EBC stands with all who have been hurt or who are hurting in our community. We recognize the inequity and systemic racism in our society that keeps children from achieving their full potential, destroys their sense of community, endangers their everyday existence and removes hope from the hearts of too many.EBC moves forward with a renewed commitment to systemic change and pledges to work toward an equitable and just society. We will engage with the community and commit to operationalizing our value of equity in all that we do. We will listen with open hearts, ask questions and strive to be partners in breaking the bonds that systemic racism place on people of color in our community.

The EBC Board of Directors
Jack Edgerton, Executive Director

 

Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon

Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) in 1990.   A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.

She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband. 

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