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Hello, I am writing today to support the application submitted by Liam Pistor to enter the Faculty of Music as a student in piano and clarinet. I have known Liam since he was a young boy when he registered to sing with the Nanaimo Youth Choir which I conduct. Liam was a keen student even then and anxious to learn anything and everything involved with music. He started piano in elementary school and moved ahead quickly, loving it and making no secret of the music that was within. He has never looked back but just continued to take on more and learn as much as anyone could teach him. He also started clarinet a short while after piano and again showed his extraordinary talent, interest and determination for the art of music. It was obvious to all that he had found his passion at this young age. A few years after starting piano, I found myself without an accompanist for the choir program as the young boy I had accompanying left to study at UBC. I asked Liam if he would like to take on the responsibility of playing for the choir and he leapt at the opportunity. Shortly after that, he also became the accompanist of my adult choir. I believe at that time he was around 12 years old. From that time, I have continually been impressed and moved by his love of the music he was involved in, playing with such maturity and ability to learn, to think, to work until he had every nuance within his control. He is open to everything one can teach him and retains it all. He is an excellent student in school as well and started voice lessons once his voice changed and has since won awards in the festival in singing as well as his piano and clarinet. Liam has been recommended to Provincials in piano and clarinet and brought home honours in both areas. Diamond He auditioned at a very young age with the Victoria Youth Orchestra to play clarinet and was accepted. He has been with them since and remained committed just as he does with everything he takes on. He seems to manage the heaviest of schedules and never does less than one would expect of him, no matter how busy. Besides all of these attributes, Liam is a very nice and enthusiastic person to work with. Nothing seems to strike him as too much effort. He gives everything he has to everything he takes on. I have watched many talented, driven students over the years but feel Liam is on a par with any and all of them.

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POVERTY is very real among some students in local schools, and community charity Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation is working hard to provide support for these vulnerable students. “Many children come to school without even the basic necessities – food, school supplies, clean clothing – and for many it’s difficult to participate in such things as sports, band, field trips, grad ceremonies without some financial support,” says Crystal Dennison, executive director of Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation. “Thanks to generous donors we’re able to support these students in a variety of ways so they can have

equal opportunities to thrive in school,” she adds. B.C. has, historically, one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, and in Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District one in five students is affected by poverty, according to the 2015 State of the Child Report, which is available at http:// nanaimoearlyyears.org/Reports-&Publications. The Schools Foundation partners with Breakfast Club of Canada that funds food programs at eight schools where 5,500 meals a month are served. Local company DP World has recently made a $10,000 donation that will provide 4,000 meals. “For many young families it’s hard to make ends meet because many

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a high proportion of single-parent families – many of them women,” says Dennison. She works closely with principals and teachers, who know which children need support. In addition to responding to urgent needs of vulnerable students, the Schools Foundation supports other programs. The Elementary Music Initiative provides funds to buy instruments and introduce children to the joy of making music in schools where budgets are tight. An estate has provided funding for special sprojects that focus on student leadership and building connections with the community. High school graduates have access to scholarships and bursaries to help with the high cost of post-secondary education. For more information about Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation or to make a donation, please visit the website www.NLSF.ca.

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Mobility boosts child’s exploration NEW CHAIR ALLOWS FOR GREATER INDEPENDENCE FOR NOAH THOMPSON LENORE KENNEDY

MEET Noah. He’s a happy, intelligent, sweet, generous four year old who loves puzzles, books, cars, and going on adventures. Soon, going on adventures will be a lot easier! Any day now, a brand new wheelchair is due to arrive. Thanks in part to assistance from Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island’s Bear Essentials program. Noah has Cerebral Palsy, specifically spastic diplegia, which means the muscles in his legs are often stiff and don’t coordinate to allow him to walk without assistance. The new chair is black and green, has

chunky mag wheels, a flip up foot rest so he can learn to get in and out independently, lots of leg and back support, and a great handle so his parents can wheel him around without any discomfort. Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood and more than 50,000 Canadians live with the condition (please see http://bccerebralpalsy.com). Being mobile is extremely important for children with Cerebral Palsy because mobility improves a child’s ability to explore and learn from their environment and participate in activities with family and friends. Essentially, mobility leads to enhanced physical and mental health and enables children like Noah to lead active and fulfilling lives. “The chair will be a stepping stone towards greater independence for Noah, because

mobility begets mobility. The more independently mobile he is, the more he will be inspired to strive for independence,” Noah’s mom, Sierra Thompson explains. “He will be a happier boy and our ability to include him in regular routines like grocery shopping, going out for dinner, and to the park will be easier and more thoroughly enjoyable.” Noah has had an incredible team of people assisting him since he was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation (12 weeks early), weighing only 2 lbs 14 oz. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at one month old, Noah spent six weeks at Victoria General Hospital’s Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and was then transferred to Nanaimo’s NICU for another three weeks, where he was met by his Nanaimo Child Development Centre team. Nanaimo Child Development Centre supports

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nearly 1,800 children with special needs annually and is a leader in early childhood development and children’s services. “Nanaimo Centre for Child Development coordinators, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists have all been integral in Noah’s success. He has received so much support in the past four years from services to equipment loans. We don’t know where we would be without their interventions and also their moral support,” says Thompson. Wheelchairs are just one of the many expenses that families with children who have Cerebral Palsy face. Fortunately, Noah and his family qualified for the Province of British Columbia’s At Home program, which covered the bulk of the costs. However, even with provincial assistance the family was left with a bill of $330 to cover the remainder.

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This is where Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island stepped in to help. Staff from the Nanaimo Child Development Centre referred the family to Children’s Health Foundation’s Bear Essentials program, a program that helps cover costs for families with children who have disabilities and health challenges. “Bear Essentials makes such a difference for families who are trying to piece together funding for required medical equipment for their children,” says Shannon Cole, Nanaimo Child Development Centre Physiotherapist. Bear Essentials provided financial support to 36 Nanaimo area families last year – and those who require support can learn more about the program on the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island website (www.childrenshealthvi.org). Anita Brassard,

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Manager of Community Engagement for Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island had this to say: “There’s nothing more important to a parent than their child’s health. Raising kids is expensive and raising a child with a disability or health challenge can come with lots of additional expenses. And really, money shouldn’t be a barrier to a child’s health. With Bear Essentials we want to help families when their child’s needs are falling through the cracks. Sometimes that’s a tank of gas to get to a health care appointment in Victoria and sometimes that means helping to purchase a wheelchair. No matter what the Bear Essentials looks like for a family we want them to know it’s okay. We are all in this together. We want to help. Our Island community wants to help.” Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island believes all children deserve to reach their full

potential. While funding from Bear Essentials relieves financial pressure, it also helps ensure local children have access to the supports they need to live a healthy life. “We feel blessed that there are programs like Bear Essentials and the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, who strive to provide for children with special needs,” says Thompson. “It is difficult, and sometimes very lonely to be the parent of a child with special needs. When we are gifted in this way we feel that there is a community of people who support and love us. We feel like there is a bright, hopeful future for our son.” For more about the foundation and the Bear Essentials program, please visit www.childrenshealthfoundationvi.org. Lenore Kennedy is interim communications manager for the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

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Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Centre is excited to announce the building of a Childcare Centre for the Development Index (EDI), there is certainly a need for change in South End of Nanaimo! service delivery. Our vision is original person is not born to the local reserve, to provide an integrated service they cannot access service there just because for everyone built on Indigenous TLAFC received a $500,000 grant from the they are Aboriginal. Leaving more than 62% worldviews, nature, values and Ministry of Child and Family Development and of the population across Canada to depend on principles for the betterment of will commence building this summer. The bot- the Friendship Centres for services. Friendship our human family. tom floor is for 25 childcare spaces for 3-5 year Centres are the biggest infrastructure nationally TLAFC has had the privilege of operating in olds, and the second floor will provide 25 spaces supporting Urban Aboriginal people living off the traditional territory of the Snuneymuwx for after school care. The land is paid for, the reserves. Many Aboriginal people have never First Nations as a non-profit for over 50 years. designs and contractors selected. We are now been to their own First Nation reserve or even TLAFC is often confused with our local First moving forward with another layer of our vi- know where they come from based on historical Nations, however Friendship Centres’ offer services to Urban Aboriginal peoples or those sion, along with continuing our fundraising ac- events. tivities. Our hope is to have this built as com- TLAFC in partnership with VIU in early child- living on or off reserve and anyone whom remunity project, demonstrating hood development research quires service whom cannot access else where. TLAFC received a true partnership within the projects, Nanaimo School With the majority of Aboriginal people nationcommunity, building a “Centre $500,000 grant from the district for Qeq College (baby ally living off reserve, the need for services off of Excellence” for all to enjoy Ministry of Child and college, a summer school read- reserve is continuing to increase. Although Urand be proud of, an innovative iness program with currently ban Aboriginal people tend to be forgotten as approach to community well- Family Development and 40 students and families at- they are not considered in Political discussions ness for children, as “it takes a will commence building tending) Island Health as an or funding opportunities with the various levels community to raise a child”. integrated service provider of government. this summer. in our many locations where As dialogues begin about reconciliation in Many research studies show that supporting early child development cre- people access service, with the Ministry of Canada and creating an equal playing field for ates better outcomes for success later in life. Children and Family Development to provide Aboriginal people, we are excited about the meaningful change this develAddressing the effects of colonization, and resi- family support, BC housing dential school needs to start here, with our little providing low income hous- Our vision is to develop opment could inspire. ones. To create meaningful lasting change we ing options to youth and el- a “one stop shop” where We are hoping Nanaimoites need to support our precious little people in the ders, Nanaimo Youth Services anyone who requires will also see the benefit of the community and those families who want mean- to provide a continuance of “big picture” of this developsupport for Nanaimo’s youth, service can access on ment and contribute in any ingful change. and local First Nations in proTenth St. way possible. TLAFC was just TLAFC currently offers over 50 programs in viding employment, sports, recognized by the BCAAFC health, social services, education, justice, recrecreation and cultural activities. Our developand NAFC for accountability and strong proreation, culture, housing and supports those ment will only enhance these opportunities to posals in our field. Further TLAFC was nomwith little access to services because they do provide significant transformation in restoring inated and awarded a Provincial partnership not belong or are not members of the local an integral relationship for future generations. award by the School District Principles. ThereFirst Nations. 46,718 participants attended Our vision is to develop a “one stop shop” fore, Nanaimo has nothing to lose and everyprograms at TLAFC last year with 184,449 points of service. Specifically, 2382 attended where anyone who requires service can access on thing to gain by supporting a project wanting Early Childhood Development programs. The Tenth St. This will be the 3rd of 9 buildings to better us all as human beings. general public tend to lump everyone together on the property. Our aim on this next develop- Hych qua! thinking we are all the same, however if an Ab- ment is a “Centre of Excellence” for Nanaimo’s South End. With 47% of the children under 6 Sincerely, in Nanaimo’s South End listed as vulnerable Tammie Myles, Project Manager according to the Provincial Early childhood 250 751 4256

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KEEPING the kids entertained and engaged doesn’t have to be a costly endeavour. There are a number of free and affordable activities for parents and children to engage in Nanaimo including Playbox, a partnership between Nanaimo Division of Family Practice and the City of Nanaimo, said Deborah Beck, city recreation coordinator. “They are boxes that are found in our Daynes Park, Janes Park and Mansfield Park,” said Beck. “You get a combination from our [registration service], so you call in to get the registration and the combination for the boxes and you unleash the fun.” Beck said the boxes are full of books and games and toys and things that families can play with and they are all available for use in the parks. Grace Bell, city recreation coordinator, said there will be more free activities for children, as the city is expanding its Spare Blox program, which offers free activities for youth. The current program runs at John Barsby Secondary School on

for a block of six lessons. It is geared toward 12 to 18-year-olds. The next set of lessons begins Sept. 20 and runs until Oct. 25. “The floor hockey is Tuesday evenings 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s a registered program, so you’d have to register for a set of six or seven lessons at a time,” said Bell. Bell said floor hockey is followed by basketball lessons, which run from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. and follows the same pricing structure. Again the next set begins Sept. 20, running until Oct. 25. Alli Schneider, City of Nanaimo arena program assistant, said there are free skates beginning Sept. 18 and running until March 26. The skates go from 12-1:30 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. “For fall we have our Lion’s free skate ... Grace Bell, left, and Alli Schneider, City of Nanaimo recreation every Sunday, with the coordinator and arenas program assistant, respectively, say exception of the weekthere are free and affordable recreation options in Nanaimo. ends where there are KARL YU / THE NEWS BULLETIN (Nanaimo) Clippers’ Wednesdays from 8:30Bell said both progames. Helmets, skate 9:30 p.m., but is for 13- to grams start up the secrentals, admission are all 18-year-olds. ond week of September included, free. We usu“This year, we’re also and run until the end ally get 200 people out, running a Spare Blox of May, but they don’t it’s a good time,” said Junior program, so we’re run when there are Schneider. going to target a younger school closures, such as For more activities or age group with it ... it’s holidays, teacher proto register, please see fessional development going to be running out the City of Nanaimo days, snow days, etc. of Fairview elementary activity guide available Bell also said floor school on Mondays from at community centres, hockey lessons are avail- or at www.nanaimo.ca, 7-8:30 p.m. and that is able at Oliver Woods targeted at the 11 to under the parks, recreCommunity Centre, 14-year-old age group,” ation and environment which works out to $30 said Bell. tab.

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Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am - 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 PacificCare Healthy Beginnings (Prenatal - 1 year old) 10:00 am - 11:30 am Ladysmith Community Health Care Centre 250.668.8940

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Adventures in Early Literacy * (3 – 5 years) Call for dates/times Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 LaFF’s Family Frolic Drop-in Gym Time (walking – 6 years) Suggested donation $2/family 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm Oct - April Frank Jameson Community Centre 250.210.0870 Born Healthy Prenatal/Postnatal Individual Program 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 PacificCARE Ladysmith Resources Centre 250-245-3079

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth - 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Parent Child Mother Goose * (12 mths - 2.5 yrs) Call for dates/times Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 Parent-Child Mother Goose * (newborn – 12 mths) Call for dates/times Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic by Appointment* Island Health 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3342

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Healthy Beginnings (prenatal to 12 months) Island Health 10:00 am – 11:30 am Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3388 Public Health Nurse On Site For Drop-In Island Health 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Ladysmith Community Health Centre 250.755.3388

Ladysmith Dads’ Group (Drop-in breakfast for dads & their children) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre Assoc. 250.245.3079

Ladysmith Primary StrongStart Centre (birth – 5 years) 8:45 am - 11:45 am Ladysmith Primary School 250.245.3912 Ladysmith Family and Friends (LaFF) Family Resource Program Suggested donation $2/family 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (drop-in) Aggie Hall 250.210.0870 Born Healthy Prenatal/ Postnatal Group Program 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Ladysmith Resources Centre 250.245.3079

* LRCA Family & Youth Support Services. Please call 250-245-3079 for more information or to book an appointment. * Please also check with Ladysmith Parks & Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs & events for parents and preschoolers. 250-245-6424 * Please also check with Ladysmith Regional Library for additional programs for parents and preschoolers. (250) 245-2322 PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral Consultant is available at the Ladysmith Resources Centre on Thursdays to help with Childcare Searches, subsidy forms and other resources. 250-668-8940


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Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215

Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215

Island Treasure Box Early Literacy Program (birth-6 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-753-6578

Island Treasure Box Early Literacy Program (birth-6 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-753-6578

The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215

The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215

Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-753-3418 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-758-8946 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-758-5331 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Georgia Avenue Community School 250-753-1044 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bayview Elementary School 250-754-3231 Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-722-3644 Immunization Clinic (Infant to School Age) 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre by Appointment 250-755-3342 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001 4 Seasons Early Years: Penelakut First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding for ages birth - 6 years) 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Bi-Weekly) Penelakut First Nation Band Office 250-591-0933 Creating Healthy Familys (birth-6 years) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Neutral Zone, 421 Franklyn St. Call Tillicum Health Centre 250-753-6578 for a ride Friendly Phantoms (for 3 and 4 year olds) 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Forest Park Elementary in the multipurpose room Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-6845 Cheetah Cubs (3 to 4 year olds) 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Chase River Elementary in the Music Portable 4 Seasons Early Years: Nanoose First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding for ages birth - 6 years, and 6+) 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Uy Sqwalawun Childcare at 111-A Sna-Naw-As Rd, Lantzville 250-591-0933

The Place (0-14 years with Parent/Caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-758-5331 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-758-8946 Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-753-3418 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Georgia Avenue Community School 250-753-1044 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bayview Elementary School 250-754-3231

Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215 Island Treasure Box Early Literacy Program (birth-6 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-753-6578 The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-758-5331 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-758-8946 Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-753-3418 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Georgia Avenue Community School 250-753-1044 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bayview Elementary School 250-754-3231 Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-722-3644 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Unit 250-755-3388

Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-722-3644

Kiddie Cougars (0 to 4 years) 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Quarterway Elementary in the StrongStart room

Immunization Clinic (Infant to School Age) 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Drop-in Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342

Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lantzville Boys and Girls Club 250-390-4001

Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388

Preschool Storytime (3 to 5 years, siblings welcome) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Nanaimo North Library Call to Register 250-933-BOOK (2665)

Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chase River Boys and Girls Club 250-753-2464 Bellies to Babies and Beyond (Pregnancy to 3 years)) 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Center Registration Required 250-753-7470 Baby Bulldogs (0 to 4 years) 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Brechin Elementary in the multipurpose room Mini Mountain Goats (for 3 and 4 year olds) 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mountain View Elementary in Room 107 Call 250-753-2831 to register Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Group (Little Ferns Early Learning Centre) 3:30 p.m. John Barsby Community School Rm. 300 250-753-1783 Active Start (2-6 years) 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Quarterway School Contact Sylvia Tyler 250-758-0630 or email sylviamiller@shaw.ca Rascally Roadrunners (3 and 4 year old) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Rutherford Elementary in the StrongStart Classroom

Family Storytime Drop-in (Birth to 5 years) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Gabriola Island Library 250-247-7878 4 Seasons Early Years: Stz’uminus First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding for ages birth - 6 years) 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stz’uminus Health Centre 3945 Shell Beach Road Ladysmith 250-591-0933. Phone 250-245-8551 for a ride Moms, Dads and Babes Drop-in (Prenatal and Postpartum) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Velum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-6845 Baby Boxers (3-4 years) 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bayview Elementary Strong Start Room Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic By Appointment 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 Friendly Falcons (0-4 years) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fairway Elementary in the StrongStart room Families Supporting Families Monthly Drop-in, 1st Wednesday of month For anyone raising a child. Childminding avail. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nanaimo Child Development Centre 1135 Nelson St.


Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215 Island Treasure Box Early Literacy Program (birth-6 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-753-6578 The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215 The Place (0-14 years with parent/caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-758-5331 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-758-8946 Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-753-3418 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Georgia Avenue Community School 250-753-1044 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bayview Elementary School 250-754-3231 Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-722-3644 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388 4 Seasons Early Years: Penelakut First Nation Playgroup 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Penelakut First Nation Health Centre 250-591-0933 Rug Huggers Parent-Tot Drop-in (Birth to 4 years) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Gabriola Island HOPE Centre 250-247-8730 Baby Story Time (0-18 months, siblings welcome) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Nanaimo North Library 250-933-BOOK (2665) Building Better Babies Drop-in (birth - 6 months) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Connections: Young Parent Support Group (Island Health) 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Princess Royal Family Centre 250-739-5845 Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-6845 Valley Vipers (3-4 years) 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cinnabar Valley Elementary in the Library Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic By appointment 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 Valley Vipers (3-4 years) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cinnabar Valley Elementary in the Library

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Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215 Island Treasure Box Early Literacy Program (birth-6 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-753-6578 The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215 Rutherford Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Rutherford Elementary School 250-758-5331 McGirr Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. McGirr Elementary School 250-758-8946 Fairview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fairview Community School 250-753-3418 Georgia Avenue Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Georgia Avenue Community School 250-753-1044 Bayview Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Bayview Elementary School 250-754-3231 Woodbank Strong Start (birth-5 years) 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Woodbank Primary School 250-722-3644 Perinatal Drop-in (Breastfeeding support and baby weights) 9:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3388 Family Place (parent and tot drop-in) 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lantzville Boys & Girls Club 250-390-4001 Toddler Storytime (18 mths - 3 years, siblings welcome) 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Nanaimo North Library 250-933-BOOK (2665) Family FUNdamentals (2 to 4 years) 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Gabriola Island HOPE Centre Call to Register 250-247-8730 4 Seasons Early Years: Snuneymuxw First Nation Parent Gathering (Childminding available for ages 0-6) 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 471 Irwin Street (Native Victory Chapel) 250-591-0933, call for a ride. Pint-sized Panthers (3-4 years) 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Park Avenue Elementary in the portable Quarterway Strong Start (birth-5 years) 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quarterway Elementary School 250-754-6845

Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215 Perinatal and Breastfeeding Support By Appointment Nanaimo Health Centre 250-758-3388 The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215 The Place (0-14 years with parent/caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407 Father Circle of Friends 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tillicum Lelum Health Centre 250-753-6578 Infant to School Age Immunization Clinic By Appointment 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nanaimo Health Centre 250-755-3342 Soul Mamas 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Drop In Last Saturday of the month 20 Fifth Street 250-754-3215

Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents with Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) (3 to 5 years) By Appointment In the Parent’s Home 250-754-3215 The 5 Animal Spirit Bag Early Years Outreach Programme (1 to 5 years) Time: Open Parents/caregiver Home 250-754-3215 The Place (0 to 14 years with parent/caregiver) Time: Varies Nanaimo Woman’s Centre Call Anita: 778-269-2407

* Parent Child Mother Goose® Program at PacificCARE This group experience for parents and their babies and young children focuses on the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs and stories together. 250-756-2022 * Please also check with Nanaimo Parks, Recreation & Culture for additional recreational programs for parents and preschoolers. 250-756-5200 * More info on these and other programs can be found at www.nanaimoearlyyears.org

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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years Resources & Services Breast Feeding Gabriola Island HOPE Centre ................ 250-247-8730 www.gabriolahopecentre.com Healthlink BC (24hr Nurse Line) ........................................811 www.healthlinkbc.ca Ladysmith Community Health Centre - Switchboard ......... 250-739-5777 www.viha.ca La Leche League Breastfeeding Support ..........................250-754-5853 www.lllc.ca Public Health Nursing ................................................... 250-755-3388 www.viha.ca Nanaimo Health Centre................................................. 250-755-3342 www.viha.ca Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line ........................ 250-755-3388 www.viha.ca Princess Royal Family Centre ......................................... 250-739-5845 www.viha.ca Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre .............250-740-2337 www.snuneymuxw.ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre ...................250-245-8551 www.cfnation.com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre .............................250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Child Care Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island ..... 250-754-3215 www.bgccvi.com Child Care Subsidy Program ..............................1-888-338-6622 www.mcf.gov.bc.ca Community Care Facility Licensing Program ...250-739-5800 www.viha.ca/mho/licensing Ministry of Children and Family Development ........250-741-5444 www.gov.bc.ca/mcf Ministry of Education .........1-800-663-7867 www.bced.gov.bc.ca/ged/gedwhere.htm PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral ..... 250-756-2022 www.pacific-care.bc.ca - Child Care Resource and Referral ................. 250-756-2022 www.pacific-care.bc.ca - Parent-Child Mother Goose Program .............. 250-756-2022 www.pacific-care.bc.ca - Keys to Literacy ........................................... 250-756-2022 www.pacific-care.bc.ca - Snuneymuxw DayCare .........250-740-2335 snuneymuxw.ca/administration/daycare Supported Child Development .........................250-753-0251 www.nanaimocdc.com Community Early Years Initiatives/Partnerships Children First Initiative ................................... 250-816-1699 www.bcchildrenfirst.ca Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership 250-816-1699 www.nanaimoearlyyears.org Ladysmith Early Years Partnership ............... 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Success By Six® Initiative .............................. 250-591-8731 www.successby6bc.ca Vancouver Island Early Years Network ...............................................250-741-5247 Early Learning and Development Adventures in Early Literacy - Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................. 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island - Family Resource Programs .................................... 250-754-3215 www.bgccvi.com Early Years Program, School District #68 / StrongStart Centres................................................ 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Bayview StrongStart .............................................. 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Fairview StrongStart.............................................. 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Georgia Avenue StrongStart................................... 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Ladysmith Primary StrongStart .............................. 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - McGirr StrongStart................................................ 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Quarterway StrongStart ......................................... 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Rutherford StrongStart .......................................... 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca - Woodbank StrongStart .......................................... 250-754-5521 www.sd68.bc.ca Island Family Information ............................. 250-756-2022 www.islandfamilyinfo.ca Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Adventures in Early Literacy ..................................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Dads Group............................................................ 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca LaFF Ladysmith Family Resource Program .... 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Literacy Central Vancouver Island ................ 250-754-8988 www.literacycentralvi.org Nanaimo Child Development Centre .................250-753-0251 www.nanaimocdc.com Parent - Child Mother Goose Program.................. www.nald.ca/mothergooseprogram - Gabriola ............................................ 250-247-8730 www.gabriolahopecentre.com - Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................. 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - PacificCARE Nanaimo .....................................................................250-756-2022 Snuneymuxw First Nation Administration ............250-740-2300 www.snuneymuxw.ca

Speech and Language Pathology/ Nanaimo Health Centre................................................. 250-739-6827 www.viha.ca Stz’uminus First Nation ........................................250-245-7155 www.cfnation.com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre .............................250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Vancouver Island Regional Libraries: ..................................................www.virl.bc.ca - Gabriola Island Library ............................................. 250-247-7878 www.virl.bc.ca - Ladysmith Library .................................................... 250-245-2322 www.virl.bc.ca - Nanaimo Harbourfront Library ................................... 250-753-1154 www.virl.bc.ca - Nanaimo Wellington Library ...................................... 250-758-5544 www.virl.bc.ca - Nanaimo North Library ............................................. 250-758-4697 www.virl.bc.ca Food and Nutrition Healthlink BC - Dietitian Services.......................................811 www.healthlinkbc.ca Ladysmith Community Gardens Society .................................................www.ladysmithcommunitygardensociety.weebly.com Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Community Food Bank ............................................ 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Good Food Box ....................................................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Born Healthy Prenatal Nutrition Program ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca LaFF Ladysmith Family and Friends Food Programs ................................................................. 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank ..250-754-8347 www.nanaimoloavesandfishes.org Meals on Wheels ................................................250- 753-1300 www.mealcall.org Nanaimo Community Gardens Society ...250-816-4769 www.nanaimocommunitygardens.ca Nanaimo Community Kitchens Society 250-753-7470 www.nanaimocommunitykitchens.org Nanaimo Food Share Society....................250-753-9393 www.nanaimofoodshare.ca Salvation Army Meal Program/Community Services..250-754-2621 www.salvationarmy.ca Tillicum Lelum Health Centre .............................250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Island Health Nutrition Program - Princess Royal Family Centre ...........250-739-5845 7-10 Club Society – The Family Soup Kitchen .. 250-714-0917 www.nanaimo710club.com Health BC Poison Control .................................................... 1-800-567-8911 www.dpic.org Child and Youth Mental Health ............................250-741-5444 www.gov.bc.ca/mcf - Aboriginal.........................................................250-741-3600 www.gov.bc.ca/mcf - General............................................................250-741-5444 www.gov.bc.ca/mcf Healthlink BC (24hr Nurse Line) ........................................811 www.healthlinkbc.ca Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program ................. 250-390-0003 www.bcfnhs.org Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre .............250-740-2337 www.snuneymuxw.ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre ...................250-245-8551 www.cfnation.com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre .............................250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Vancouver Island Health Authority .........................................................www.viha.ca - Ladysmith Community Health Centre ............................ 250-739-5777 www.viha.ca - Nanaimo Health Centre ............................................... 250-755-3342 www.viha.ca - Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line ...................... 250-755-3388 www.viha.ca - Nanaimo Regional General Hospital ............................. 250-754-2141 www.viha.ca - Princess Royal Family Centre ....................................... 250-739-5845 www.viha.ca - Public Health Nursing Appointments ............................ 250-755-3342 www.viha.ca Family Services Adoptive Families Association of BC ................... 1-800-ADOPT-07 www.bcadopt.com Autism Society of BC .............................................250-714-0801 www.autismbc.ca BC Centre for Safe School & Communities .................... 1-888-224-7233 www.ufv.ca Big Brothers and Big Sisters ..................................... 250-756-2447 www.bigscvi.ca Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island - Family Resource Programs .................................... 250-754-3215 www.bgccvi.com - Family Place ................................................................................www.bgccvi.com - Chase River ......................................................... 250-753-2464 www.bgccvi.com - Lantzville ............................................................. 250-390-4001 www.bgccvi.com


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Greater Nanaimo/Ladysmith Early Years Resources & Services Crisis Society for Central Vancouver Island ................. 1-888-494-3888 www.cvics.ca Family & Youth Support Services – Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................ 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca Foster Parent Support Services Society..................... 250-390-9686 www.fpsss.com Gabriola Island HOPE Centre ................ 250-247-8730 www.gabriolahopecentre.com Haven Society and Transition House ...............250-756-2452 www.havensociety.com Help Line for Children ......................................... 250-310-1234 www.mcf.gov.bc.ca Immigrant Welcome Centre ....................................... 250-753-6911 www.cvims.org Kids Help Phone ........................................ 1-800-668-6868 www.kidshelpphone.ca Kw’umut Lelum Child & Family Services ...................250-591-0933 www.kwumut.org Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Adventures in Early Literacy ..................................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Born Healthy Prenatal Nutrition Program ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Dads Group............................................................ 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Family & Youth Support Services ............................. 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Parent-Child Mother Goose Program ......................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Volunteer Counselling Program ................................ 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca LaFF Ladysmith Family Resource Program ... 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Little Ferns .......................................................... 250-753-1783 www.littleferns.ca - Parent-Child Mother Goose Program ..................... 250-753-1783 www.littleferns.ca - Young Parent Program ......................................... 250-753-1783 www.littleferns.ca Ministry of Children and Family Development ........250-741-5444 www.gov.bc.ca/mcf Nanaimo Child Development Centre .................250-753-0251 www.nanaimocdc.com Nanaimo Community Hospice Society ....... 250-758-8857 www.nanaimohospice.com Nanaimo Family Justice Access Centre........250-741-5447 www.ag.gov.bc.ca/justice-access-centre/nanaimo Nanaimo Family Life Association................................ 250-754-3331 www.nflabc.org Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle ........... 1.877.345.9777 www.parentsupportbc.ca/grandparents.html Nanaimo Family Resource Programs . 250-753-2177 http://clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB8004 Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre ................... 250-716-1551 www.nanaimomen.com Nanaimo Women’s Centre ......................... 250-753-0633 www.nanaimowomen.com Nanaimo Youth Services ..........................................250-754-1989 www.nysa.bc.ca NARSF Programs Ltd. (Nanaimo and Area Resource Services for Families) ................................................ 250-754-2773 www.narsf.org PacificCARE Child Care Resource and Referral . 250-756-2022 www.pacific-care.bc.ca Parent Support Services of BC ................... 1-877-345-9777 www.parentsuportbc.ca People for a Healthy Community (Gabriola) ........ 250-247-7311 www.phc-gabriola.org Rainbows Children’s Grief and Loss Support Group ... 250-751-7888 www.rainbowsnanaimo.blogspot.com - Nanaimo ................................ 250-751-7888 www.rainbowsnanaimo.blogspot.com - Ladysmith .............................. 250-245-8921 www.rainbowsnanaimo.blogspot.com Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre .............250-740-2337 www.snuneymuxw.ca SOAR Mentoring Program for women – Intertribal Health Authority.........................250-753-3990 www.intertribalhealth.ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre ...................250-245-8551 www.cfnation.com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre .............................250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Triple P Positive Parenting Program ............................................... www.triplepvip.ca Vancouver Island Crisis Line................................... 1-888-494-3888 www.vicrisis.ca Island Heath .......................................................................................www.viha.ca Brooks Landing – Crisis Counselling Clinic ..................... 250-739-5710 www.viha.ca Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (VI SCAN) program ............................................ 250-755-7945 www.viha.ca Welcome Wagon ........................................... 250-756-9794 www.welcomewagon.ca Pregnancy (Pre to Post) Birthright Information Help Line .......................... 1-800-550-4900 www.birthright.org Cross Roads Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Nanaimo (faith based) ..........................250-716-1633 www.pregnancynanaimo.com - (24 hour Helpline / Appointment line) ................250-714-2191 or 1-866-714-2191 Gabriola Island HOPE Centre ................ 250-247-8730 www.gabriolahopecentre.com

Healthlink BC (24 hour Nurse Line) ....................................811 www.healthlinkbc.ca Ladysmith Community Health Centre ............................. 250-739-5777 www.viha.ca Ladysmith Resources Centre Association ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Adventures in Early Literacy ..................................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Born Healthy Prenatal Nutrition Program ................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Dads Group............................................................ 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca - Parent-Child Mother Goose ...................................... 250-245-3079 www.lrca.bc.ca LaFF Ladysmith Family Resource Program .... 250-210-0870 www.familyandfriends.ca Maternal Health Program –Inter Tribal Health Services .. 250-753-3990 or 1.877.777.4842 www.intertribalhealth.ca Midwives .............................................................................. www.bcmidwives.com Nanoose First Nation Head Start Program ................250-390-0003 www.bcfnhs.org Options for Sexual Health .................250-753-9511 www.optionsforsexualhealth.org Public Health Nursing ..........................................................................www.viha.ca Nanaimo Health Centre................................................. 250-755-3342 www.viha.ca Nanaimo/Ladysmith Nursing Intake Line ........................ 250-755-3388 www.viha.ca Princess Royal Family Centre ......................................... 250-739-5845 www.viha.ca Snuneymuxw First Nation Health Centre .............250-740-2337 www.snuneymuxw.ca Stz’uminus First Nation Health Centre ...................250-245-8551 www.cfnation.com Tillicum Lelum Health Centre .............................250-753-6578 www.tillicumlelum.ca Inter Tribal Health Authority - Maternal Child Health ... www.itha.ca/insidepages/programs_services/clinical_nursing/maternal_child_health.html Recreation Beban Park Recreation Centre ................................ 250-756-5200 www.nanaimo.ca Bowen Park Complex ............................................. 250-756-5200 www.nanaimo.ca Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture................... 250-245-6424 www.ladysmith.ca Nanaimo Aquatic Centre ........................................ 250-756-5200 www.nanaimo.ca Nanaimo Ice Centre ............................................... 250-756-5200 www.nanaimo.ca Oliver Woods Community Centre ............................. 250-756-5200 www.nanaimo.ca Services Available for “Fee for Service” (Some services may be covered by the Ministry of Children & Family Development funding) Kerri Isham Sexual Abuse Prevention workshops................250-240-0105 www.Powerupworkshops@gmail.com Dianne Martin & Associates – Stepfamily Support .............. 250-591-8184 www.DianneMartinAndAssociates.com Go Between Consulting ......................250-714-8754 www.gobetweenconsulting.com Nanaimo Family Life Association................................ 250-754-3331 www.nflabc.org Additional Resources for Families (Many organizations and agencies publish newsletters and a calendar of events. Please visit the websites for more information.) BC Association of Family Resource Programs ................604-738-0068 www.frpbc.ca Crisis Society Resource Book .......................................250-753-2495 www.cvics.ca Surviving in Nanaimo .......................................................................250-754-4251 The Community Dental Clinic (CODE) ................... 250-591-0771 www.codeclinic.org Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre ............. 250-754-3215 www.NanaimoAboriginalCentre.ca Nanaimo Youth Services Association ........................250-754-1989 www.nysa.bc.ca Strong Nations ..........................................1-888-278-2202 www.strongnations.com


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Printing not needed prior to preschool ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO DRAW, COLOUR AND PAINT WITH A VARIETY OF MATERIALS NICOLE SUGIYAMA

PARENTS want to prepare their kids for kindergarten. So many wellmeaning parents and caregivers try to teach printing before Kindergarten. However printing isn’t a fair expectation for most preschoolers. Why? Research suggests waiting to teach printing until the child has eye-hand coordination to copy shapes such as circle, cross or square. All letters are formed using a combination of these forms. For example, ‘L’ and ‘l’ are formed with some of the easiest of shapes (horizontal and vertical lines). Still ‘A’ and ‘K’

require combinations of more difficult angled lines and ability to intersect lines. These nine shapes are achieved by typically developing children in second half of kindergarten. Expecting children to print at three or four years of age can cause frustration and inefficient habits, such as retracing lines, starting from the bottom, curves instead of angled lines, can develop. What can I do instead? Encourage your child to colour, draw and paint. Use a variety of positions and materials: Lying on the sidewalk with chalk; Standing at an easel with markers; ‘Painting’ the walls with water; Colouring at a child-sized or coffee table (kneeling or sitting in a small chair). Modelling drawing the above shapes is particularly helpful. Try

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to draw lines so the child sees them being made from top to bottom and left to right. (It might be easiest to sit beside your child rather than across the table from them.) You don’t need to use paper to be developing pre-printing skills. Get messy. Draw the shapes with a stick in the sand. Create with finger paint, pudding, or shaving cream on wax paper or foil. Encourage your child to hold crayons in her finger tips. We no longer believe that an ‘adult’ tripod pencil grasp is for everyone. Still children need to establish a consistent and comfortable pencil grasp. When printing, it is best that their grasp allows them to move the pencil with their fingers rather than moving their whole arm or hand – give your child shorter (three- to five-centimetre) pieces of chalk and crayon.

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Play with a variety of small toys that promote finger control and the ability to copy. Try activities like beading, filling a piggy bank, Lego, and playing board games that include small pieces (such as Trouble or Snakes and Ladders). Creating with all types of materials including glue (sticks and bottled), scissors, pompoms, pipe cleaners and stickers all develop important hand and eye-hand coordination skills. Expose your child to letters by reading to them, talking about letters on signs and identifying their name in print. Expose your child to both uppercase and lowercase letters. What if my child asks me to show them how to print? None of this is meant to discourage children who are interested in learning to make letters. Some children will want to write their name on their artwork, so make it fun. If your child wants you to show him, demonstrate the letters using top-

to-bottom, left-to-right formation. Use words to describe the motions as you demonstrate. For example, for T “slide down, across the top.” Don’t worry about placing letters on a line, sizing or spacing. A further resource for parents of pre-schoolers is found at www. caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=3711.

Another resource for parents helping their child learn to print can be found at www.childdevelopment. ca/Libraries/Handwriting/PLaP_Feb_2011-_Parent_Version.sflb.ashx Nicole Sugiyama is an occupational therapist with Nanaimo Child Development Centre.

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PREGNANT WOMEN AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO GET PREGNANT NEED KEY VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS FOR HEALTHY BABIES RACHEL STERN

Nutrition necessities

EATING healthy is important for people’s health, especially for expecting mothers. Pregnant women or women who want to get pregnant need key nutrients and vitamins to ensure they have healthy babies. Swati Scott, a registered dietitian for public health who works with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, said important nutrients and vitamins for pregnant women or women who want to have children are folic acid, iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. She recommends women follow Canada’s food guide and eat foods that aren’t processed. “One of the things we really

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need to get away from is eating processed foods,” said Scott. “We should always try to get nutrients from food.” Scott said supplemental nutrients such as folate, the synthetic form of folic acid, is harder for the body to absorb than getting nutrients from foods. Although it’s ideal to get vitamins and nutrients from food, Scott recommends pregnant women take pre-natal vitamins because in reality she knows women can’t eat healthy all the time, especially with other responsibilities. Women with chronic health conditions may have other nutritional needs they need to take into consideration and Scott recommends women speak to their doctors to ensure they are getting the nutrition they need. Mothers who can’t access fresh food because of financial limitations can contact a Public Health Unit in their community. Scott said the health units can connect moth-

ers to programs that supply fresh fruits and vegetables. She also recommends mothers visit a unit to get a free copy of Baby’s Best Chance, A Parents’ Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care. At the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Health Centre in the Building Better Babies program, Jessica Joughin, pregnancy outreach worker, and Tammy Aguilera, interim program coordinator, work with expecting mothers on a variety of topics including nutrition, breastfeeding, cooking and more. Joughin said the centre takes a holistic approach which focuses on spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health. Mothers learn about GMOs, nutrition for people who have stress and anxiety and natural foods women can eat for common health complaints such as heartburn, water retention and others. “Nutrition is a huge component and we try to address it and talk about it often,” said Joughin, add-

ing that they often bring in dietitians to speak with the mothers. Knowing what nutrients are important for a developing baby is just part of the equation. That’s why the health centre teaches mothers how to cook healthy meals from scratch. Mothers learn how to make things such as homemade applesauce without adding sugar, salad dressings and other meals. The Building Better Babies program is open to all residents of Nanaimo. For more information please call 250-753-6578. According to Healthy Families B.C. women in the first trimester have the same energy needs as before but need more nutrients to support their baby’s development. During the second and third trimesters energy needs increase and Healthy Families B.C. recommends women should eat two to three more food servings each day that adhere to Canada’s Food Guide. For more information please go to www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca.

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Program aims to give kids strong start FREE PLAY-BASED LEARNING ACTIVITIES GEARED TOWARD CHILDREN UP TO FIVE YEARS OLD KARL YU

PARENTS in NanaimoLadysmith school district can give their children a head start to their schooling via the StrongStart program. StrongStart, a free B.C. Ministry of Educationfunded drop-in program, is geared to children up to five years of age and allows them to take part in play-based learning activities. These can include music, stories, art, dramatic play and construction. “They have a variety of learning opportunities in the classrooms, so there may be puppets and dress-up clothes. The StrongStart facilitator will have a variety of themes and activities over the school year,” said Jane Carroll, district vice-principal of learning services. While the program allows parents and children to drop in, it’s not a free-for-all, said Carroll. It’s organized. It is available in eight schools in the district, said Carroll – Bayview Elementary, Cedar Elementary, Fairview Community, Georgia Avenue Community, McGirr Elementary, Quarterway Elementary, Ladysmith Primary and Rutherford Elementary schools. The program runs from

8:45-11:45 a.m. Monday to Friday at all locations, except Quarterway, which runs an afternoon program from 12:30-3:30 p.m., with the exception of teacher professional development days and holidays. “The idea of StrongStart is to establish that partnership between the family and schools, so our [Early Childhood Educators] ... their job is to facilitate early literacy and learning through play and help parents develop those skills. I guess the bottom line is in the end we want all kids to be learning to their potential. “If they have those strong early learning skills, before they come to kindergarten, it’s to their benefit,” said Carroll. Carroll said StrongStart is a parent participation program where the childhood educators are a connection for parents with all the other early-learning opportunities and programs in Nanaimo. “Part of my position is to serve on the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership and Early Years Leadership Team as well as the Ladysmith Early Years Partnership, so any information that I get from there, I channel back to all the facilitators so that they have current information.

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Jane Carroll, Nanaimo school district vice-principal of learning services, says StrongStart is a free drop-in program for children up to five years old and their caregivers. Participants take part in learning activities, such as stories and art. There are eight StrongStart centres in the district, including Georgia Avenue Elementary School. KARL YU / THE NEWS BULLETIN

“We also frequently bring in other professionals. The speech and language pathologists will visit the centres. I just think it’s a really good opportunity for families to get connected to the school system,” she said. Registration is required, but there are no deadlines. Carroll said you can register any time of year. “There are times in the

morning where there is circle time and story time and some of the centres make a particular focus for different age groups, like they’ll have an infant’s area, so if a mom has to nurse, there’s a comfortable chair for her to sit in, so it really is trying to look at [newborn] to five and meeting the needs of that population,” said Carroll.

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Early reading focuses on fun DEVELOP POSITIVE ASSOCIATION WITH BOOKS FOR TODDLERS NICHOLAS PESCOD

INTRODUCING preschoolers to the wonderful world of reading may seem like a daunting task for some parents. But it doesn’t have to be. At least, that’s the message from two Nanaimo-based early educators, who say preschooler’s brains are in a key stage of their development and learning activities should be always be fun. Julie Carter, children and youth customer services librarian at the Wellington Library, says it’s important to introduce reading to preschoolers as something positive. “It’s all about the fun aspect,” Carter said. “You want the child to develop a positive association with reading. You really want to read in a way that the child is going to enjoy.” Jocelyn Fries, family literacy coordinator with Literacy Central Vancouver Island, says parents should worry less about teaching their preschoolers how to read and instead focus on teaching them basic skills. “Parents should make it a comfortable and enjoyable time and not worry that their child, at that age, is not attending to the print,” she said. Fries, a former teacher, says a good way to get preschoolers into reading is to start with literacy activities that making connections with the things a child will see or do in their lives. “If you are going to go to the beach, then read about going to the beach,” she said. Carter says parents should schedule time to read with their child. She also says it is important for

Julie Carter, children and youth customer services librarian, holds up popular children’s books at the Wellington Library. The library offers reading time for parents with preschool-aged children and can assist with helping children experience reading for the first time. NICHOLAS PESCOD / THE NEWS BULLETIN

parents to really get into the reading, as children will often pick up on their parents emotions. “You can give a different voice to each character, you can make some funny voices, really get into the story telling aspect of the story,” she said. There are a range of popular books for preschoolers such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Goodnight Moon and The Cat in the Hat. Carter says picking the right books

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is important and that the library is a great place for parents who are unsure about what books to read to their children. One thing parents should avoid doing is simply handing their child a tablet or iPad and walking away. “I think technology is a wonderful contribution but it should not be the main thing. I think experiences with children are the best thing,” Friese said. “As a parent we have to be engaged in what they are doing.”

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Sleep important for babies and parents

Tamara Cunningham

Sleep deprivation during the first few months of bringing a baby home is a common complaint of new parents. “So many new moms are just totally sleep deprived,” said Tammy Aguilera, interim program coordinator at the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Health Centre. Aguilera and Jessica Joughin, pregnancy outreach worker for the health centre, said they teach new parents about the importance of sleep in the Building Better Babies program. Creating a routine to get babies to sleep has to be built around each individual child as every one is different, they said. Healthy Familes B.C. recommends parents set a routine that they follow every night. It may not be pos-

sible during the first few months, but as a child gets older it will signal to the child that it’s time to sleep. It’s important to set differences for nighttime and daytime sleeping for the baby. At night children should be in a dark room with no noise, such as a television or radio, according to Healthy Families. During the day, babies can sleep in a room with the lights on or natural light and normal sounds. While it’s important for parents to create routines to help children fall asleep, Aguilera said it’s also important for friends and family to understand how they can help new parents. “The focus really should be from the friends is how can I help the mom to get the sleep,” said Aguilera, adding that asking friends to help out isn’t selfish.

Friends and family can help support new parents by coming over to watch the baby while the mother or father takes a nap. HealthLink B.C. has some basic tips for bedtime routines to help encourage healthy sleep habits: u Set up a soothing bedtime routine by giving your baby a bath, singing lullabies, reading a book or telling a story to help a baby relax. u Put your baby in his or her crib in a darkened room when they are getting sleepy. u Don’t rock your baby to sleep after about four to six months of age. Parents can rock their baby but it’s recommended they put them down to sleep while they are drowsy but still awake. u Put your baby down for a nap as soon as they act sleepy because if babies are too tired it may be hard for them to get to sleep.

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Balance screen time for kids ERIN MacDONALD

ARE your kids getting more screen time than play time? In an age when technology is always within reach, it is important for families to create some balance by spending quality time together away from their smart phones and tablets. While staying active is important for your child’s physical health, engaging in creative play is essential for development with regards to cognitive, emotional and social growth, particularly during the early years, as 90 per cent of the brain develops by age five. With that in mind, the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership has been working hard to spread their ‘Unplug and Play’ message to parents throughout the Nanaimo area, in an effort to encourage families to be more mindful of their

digital usage. One way that the partnership hopes to reach parents is through a series of Unplug and Play signage that has been installed throughout a number of local parks and recreational facilities. There is also signage visible at Island Health, the Pacific Care Family Enrichment Society and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island. These signs were designed to remind the public of the importance of unplugging regularly at times to refocus our attention on the world around us and reconnect with family, friends and ourselves. And while it is important for children to be limiting their screen time, we encourage you to practice what you preach: when your children are engaging in screenfree time, take the opportunity to unplug and play with them.

Our city is full of great hands-on unplugged learning opportunities and places to play. So, the next time you come across one of our Unplug and Play signs in the community, we challenge you to plan a fun family activity that does not involve the use of technology. Whether you get outside to explore one of our numerous local parks, trails or beaches, play an old childhood game or visit the local library, use that time to be present and connect with your kids. For more information, please visit www.nanaimoearlyyears.org where you can also access information about free community activities that will allow the whole family to unplug and play. Erin MacDonald is communications lead for the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership.

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