Events & Announcements
* East Kootenay Early Years Conference Brochure Available
The goal for the conference is to empower, educate and connect participants. The program provides opportunities for professional development for those who work with young children and families in child care settings, family resource programs, primary school educators, community development and other community programs. The conference will also be of interest to parents, grandparents, caregivers and those looking to make a positive impact in children’s lives. Take a peek at the brochure and discover how to “Imagine, Nurture and Grow” this April.
* Support the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health by participating in a short online survey
Let NCCAH know how it is doing. Regardless of whether you are very familiar with the Centre, or are new to NCCAH's work, they are interested in your thoughts and opinions.
* ECEBC's 46th Annual Conference Call for Volunteers
Pathways to Professionalism: Believe, Be Hopeful, Be Bold- May 4 to 6, 2017, Richmond, BC
Members and other volunteers contribute to our collective work every day. For example, more than 10 volunteers from throughout the province helped assist with the workshop selection process for Conference 2017. As you look look forward to 2017, please reach out if you would like to share your skills in a new way. Volunteering is a great way to get connected, to learn new things and to develop new skills. ECEBC is currently seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks and projects:
• Conference 2017. For more information, please contact Christine at email@example.com or Dawn Way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Student member(s) to participate in the post-secondary committee
• Student member(s) to participate in resource development activities.
New web portal for early years training
earlyyearsbc.ca is a new web portal that will help early years professionals in accessing and selecting learning opportunities in BC. The web portal displays upcoming early years training events from over 75 agencies throughout British Columbia. You can search by keyword on your phone, tablet or computer. An interactive map displays training sessions by location.
* UBC & UVic: BC Provincial Early Years Survey
Your participation is vital to creating an accurate Provincial picture but recruitment has been low – especially for the staff level survey. The survey takes ~ 15 minutes to complete. If you haven’t already done so they are asking you to take the time to fill out one of the surveys and
encourage your staff to. A $5 e-gift card is offered as a small thank you.
Link to survey for managers
Link to survey for all other staff
Call for proposals - First UBC Biennial Early Childhood Graduate Student Conference
This year the conference theme is Coming together: Celebrating Diversity Around Young Children. Presentations may include a research project, program or case study, or educators’ life experiences; children’s stories, art, and other media that may further contribute to bridging diverse knowledge, and inspire discussions around our conference theme.
How to Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect with Mary Peirce Biagi
February 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This workshop is intended to help participants develop a clear foundation on supporting children during possible abuse or neglect situations.
-Understand what is normal sexual development in childhood and adolescence
-Be familiar with the different forms of abuse and neglect.
-Be familiar with the provincial child protection legislation and be aware of Canada’s criminal laws on child maltreatment.
-Understand their statutory responsibilities and role in responding to suspected and disclosed abuse.
-Learn how to make a report.
-Have a basic understanding of the role of the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the police in responding to allegations of abuse.
-Have practical handouts for future reference and know where to access further information when needed.
First Call 2017 fundraising gala
First Call 2017 fundraising gala honours RCY Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond February 23, 6:00 - 10:00 pm. (Fraserview Hall 8240 Fraser Street,
For 10 years she’s championed the rights of our children and youth. Save the date for an evening with guest of honour Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s representative for children and youth.
Kids Have Stress Too!®
February 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. This is an interactive training workshop from The Psychology Foundation of Canada for professionals who work with families and children in early learning and care environments.
It’s All About Me
February 25, 2017. Cascade Church (35190 Delair Rd.), Abbotsford. Registration is open! Come to a conference for people who care about children.
* Making Child Care Visible - Week of Action - March 1-8, 2017
March 1 - 8 is a province-wide week of action to make child care visible across the province. Tools and resources that parents, educators and supporters can use to take action for child care and contact candidates, politicians, newspaper editors in every community, and more, will be shared, as well as ideas for stroller brigades and events.
* My Dad Matters: Engaging Men Raising the Next Generation Toolkit
March 2, 5:30 - 8:30 pm at Parkgate Library. Learn about best practices that support dads. Develop a father involvement action plan that you can begin to implement immediately.
Engaging in stories of Indigenous well-being
March 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Presenters will speak on the interdisciplinary frameworks they have undertaken to understand Indigenous well-being, from language revitalization to the importance of Indigenous networks within HIV/AIDS interventions.
Sparking Children’s Curiosity in their Outdoor Environment
March 11, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Okanagan College. Outdoor play can be a magical time for children. Sticks, leaves, and water can spark a child's curiosity and create outdoor play options.
How Children Become their Own Persons
March 11, 9:30 am ‐12:45 pm. Metrotown Community Resource Centre (3rd floor, 4460 Beresford St.) Burnaby, BC. Play ‐ At least the kind that builds brains and forward development ‐ is becoming an endangered activity among those who need to engage in it most.
* National poverty reduction strategy consultations and advisory committee
February 13, 2017, the federal government announced it will start a consultation process for the development of the Canadian-Poverty Reduction Strategy (C-PRS). Canadians are invited to take part in the online consultation that will run February to June 2017. Interested individuals can apply to join an advisory committee (apply by March 13, 2017).
* Building Relationships and Parent Engagement
March 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. In this interactive workshop we will explore the benefits of building relationships with the families we work with. We will develop strategies on how to engage families to strengthen our dialogues and foster the relationships. A tip sheet will be provided with some ideas for supporting ongoing family involvement.
Registration is open for the BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team (IECCT) Conference
May 15-16 in Vancouver, BC. Putting Science to Work for Infants and Young Children in Court: Together we have the capacity to change the lives of vulnerable children.
Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorly Challenging Kids
Join Dr. Ross Greene, author of "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School" at the Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue) in Kelowna from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch and USB with handouts. Online registration/enquiries www.4children.ca or email@example.com.