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We're seeking an Aboriginal Community Liaison Coordinator – Full Time position: Jan 7, 2014 to Jun 30, 2014 (with a possibility of extension) to develop and implement a strategic approach to relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations with the aim to facilitate the relevance and use of research on Aboriginal children’s development. The research will be conducted by HELP under the guidance of a community-based Aboriginal Steering Committee and in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and partner organizations across the province. The role includes community liaison, operational support to the Aboriginal Steering Committee, documentation of processes, and dissemination of research. For further information and to apply, please go to the UBC Job Careers page: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers-postings/staff.php
The report, It’s Not Fair! The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond: A Call to Action, released this month by Richmond Children First, de-mystifies poverty, puts a face on child poverty and serves as a call to action for the Richmond community. The report also challenges assumptions about poverty and discusses the impact of poverty on children and families in Richmond.
From the news release from Richmond Children First: "The statistics tell us that 1 in every 4 Richmond children live in poverty...Research tells us that the most significant influence on a child’s development is family. But poverty makes it difficult for parents to put healthy food on the table; find a safe, affordable home; and, afford health care and transportation. Poverty impacts family relationships and the ability to make friends and stay connected. The stories shared by many of the parents spoke of family strength and resilience - but they also spoke of depression, stress and the inability to cope. Research consistently shows that families living in poverty have increased rates of mental health issues. The report concludes with a call to action at a local level and provides recommendations for community groups. These recommendations include using a child and family lens, improving access and coordination of services, and, involving all sectors in the community."
Read the full report: It`s not Fair! The Face of Child Poverty in Richmond: A Call to Action
The Global Summit on Childhood, a program within the Decade for Childhood, will provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue among the global community about the experience of childhood.
Participants and presenters will explore the current state of childhood, including issues affecting education and mental and physical well-being, from international, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary perspectives.
What societal changes provide opportunities for or threaten a positive childhood experience for the world's children? What does childhood look like around the world? What practices and policies can we implement that will protect our children and help them develop to their full potential?
For more information and to register, visit the Association for Childhood Education International
The Governor General of Canada will honour HELP's Founding Director, Dr. Clyde Hertzman at the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony in Ottawa this week. Clyde's partner, Marcy will be in attendence as well as Clyde's mother, Eileen who will be accepting the award on his behalf.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on 20 Members, 17 Officers and 1 Companion.
The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
See the Governer General's website for a schedule of the investiture ceremony, a list of recipients with citations, and a backgrounder on the Order of Canada.
Inside the ECMap Steps Early Winter 2013 newsletter:
Steps, the ECMap Newsletter, appears five times a year and provides project updates and news and information related to the Early Child Development Mapping Project Alberta.
Can environments actually change gene expression? HELP's affiliated scholar, Dr. Michael Kobor is exploring whether early childhood experience leaves lasting biological marks on the brain.
A recent study on rats "compared the pups of nurturing mothers – those who made their milk readily available, and spent a lot of time licking their progeny – with the pups of those who were less attentive to their young. The pups of the less attentive mothers were more vulnerable to stress, and this difference corresponded to chemical tags on certain genes."
"The findings electrified a whole segment of developmental scientists by demonstrating how environmental conditions can affect gene expression, and thus alter the trajectory of cells and whole organisms. In other words, it showed how life circumstances can get “under the skin,” affecting behaviour through biological mechanisms."
Read the full story from UBC's Faculty of Medicine
Mark Your Calendars: On February 21-22, 3014 Kelowna, BC. will host this "How to...Series" for Primary Teacher Teams, Preschool/Early Learning Practitioners, Elementary Literacy Coordinators and School Leaders. Summit presentations will speak to the importance of Early Learning interventions for vulnerable children from preschool to grade 2.
The 2014 Summit is based on one of the most recent and compelling meta-analyses produced in the past decade - The National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) Report- an analysis of 500 Early Literacy studies analyzed by leading experts in the literacy field. This study examined:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anne Cunningham, Our National Early Literacy Panel Expert. Ann will report on the major findings of the NELP report and its ramifications for changes we must make in BC to reach our vulnerable children.
Download more information on the Summit, including a full list of speakers and registration
November 21-22 (Pre-conference Nov. 20) This year's Cities Fit for Children conference will focus on the Rights of the Child. It will provide participants with the practical tools, successful examples, research, and perspectives from our children and youth.
The conference will bring together local, regional and jprjovincial leaders involved in policy decisions, to design and buid heathy and safe communitities for children, youth and families. The summit offers an opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group. Participants include municipal staff, provincial leaders, non-profits and service agencies, recreation professionals, social and community planners, and ECE practitioners and youth workers.
Keynote speakers include Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, Kerry Constabile of Unicef, and Trevor Hancock, member of the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance. Workshops will focus on: Healthy Built Environments; Programs and Services and; Meaningful Civic Engagement.
Pre-Conference event is open to parents, grandparents and the community. The theme of this event is "Thriving Children - Start by nurturing the Heart, Insights from the Dalai Lama Centre". Wednesday, November 20 from 5-7pm.
Check the Cities Fit for Children 2013 website for more details
Join us for a FREE event at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver. We will learn about lessons from "Promise Neighbourhoods" across the United States from Senior Director of PolicyLink, Michael McAfee. He will focus on how the movement is being applied to early childhood. A Promise Neighborhood is a community of opportunity, centered around strong schools, that allow children to learn, grow, and succeed. Inspired by the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Neighborhoods wrap children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community, and educational support from the cradle to college to career.
Michael McAfee oversees the implementation of strategies that mobilize neighborhood leaders to build communities of opportunity. The Institute amplifies results by building a national community of practice for local leaders to share tools, resources, and successes; providing support through training, webinars, strategic planning, and conferences; strategically engaging urban, rural, and tribal neighborhoods in long-term community building work; and systemically aligning public and private funding to ensure longevity and stability. Before coming to PolicyLink, McAfee served as Senior Community Planning and Development Representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and also as director of community leadership for The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and president of YouthNet of Greater Kansas City.
This year's preconference will be presented by HELP and will focus on early environments and social epigenetics: How experience gets under the skin. Participants will explore the complex nature of the social, physical and biological environments that shape children’s development. We will broaden our understanding of how children experience similar environments in unique ways and discuss how we can promote the value of an inclusive approach in supporting the child, family and community.
Multiple elements interact to create dynamic contexts that contribute significantly to early and lifelong wellbeing. Similarly, children inﬂuence their environments to shape their developmental paths. All of these factors matter. All will be discussed at the 2014 Early Years Conference.
When: January 30-February 2, 2014
Where: The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC
The preconference will be presented by HELP and will focus on: How experience gets under the skin. Sessions:
Social Determinants of Health and Biological Embedding - Dr. Jeannie Shoveller, Interim Director of HELP
Social Epigenetics: How Environments Influence Biology - Dr. Michael Kobor, Associate Professor at HELP
The Context of Early Child Development: Environmental Toxins and Brain Development - Dr. Bruce Lamphear, Child & Family Research Institute
The Next Big Question: Why is it Important that Experience Gets Under the Skin? - Dr, Kobor, Dr. Lamphear, Dr, Shoveller, Dr. Kershaw
Individual Dialogue Sessions will be held with panelists in the afternoon.