Barbara Gross has found purpose in helping parents gain the knowledge, confidence, and skills needed to guide their children and find joy in parenting.

For the last 26 years, Gross has been working for families and children at Community Links. As Family Resource Services Manager, Gross is the driving force behind services that support parents in understanding their child’s development and how best to guide them to be their best.

“The legacy I want to leave is one of hope. Parenting can be one of the hardest jobs you can do but you don’t have to do it alone,” says Gross.

“It can be tough, especially when you hit rough spots, to see the potential and the joy children bring.”

Nominator Brenda Hume is the executive director of Community Links and has known Gross for more than 15 years. She says Gross has also mentored many staff over the years and empowered them to reach their full potential.

“Throughout the years, Barb has been instrumental in creating and implementing a high quality, holistic service delivery with an effective and collaborative approach with many organizations,” says Hume.

“Barb’s legacy embodies her strong belief in the well-being of children and their families.”