Website network for parents in the works

Local woman hopes new website will serve as useful resource to Sooke parents

A local mother of two young children has revived an online forum in hopes of developing a network for parents in the region.

Allie Cortens is currently operating a “site for parents in Sooke by parents in Sooke.”

The website is a three-part project, which includes a home page where daily events for children are listed, an informational page and a forum.

Cortens said parents can use the forum to put postings on items they would like to purchase, exchange or sell. She added another use for the forum could be to arrange last minute play-dates.

“I’m sure [the forum] could be anything people wanted it to be,” she said.

“I’m hoping that people will find it all useful. There are a lot of young families and I wish some website existed when we moved here two years ago.”

The original site, which was designed to only be a forum similar to Craigslist or Kijiji, was created by another parent who has since moved away.

After taking the reins, Cortens is currently operating as a one-woman show, listing local events for children on the website daily.

“Right now I have a three year old and a newborn so what I know about is toddler and baby stuff,” Cortens said, adding she would love for other parents to help with the website’s administration.

“I would love other people to be adding to the site as well — people who know about older kids’ events because I don’t know too much about that at this point.”

She stated the website is just another resource for local parents, and hopes it can be a tool that will help connect parents with similarly aged children.

“There’s already a really good real-life community and I wouldn’t want it to replace that, but this will kind of help people connect in real life.”

To check out the website, visit: www.sookefamilies.com

To become a part of the project, contact Cortens at: allie@sookefamilies.com