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Putting Children and Families First – Public Forum June 10, 2014

What do children need to get the best start in life?  How can communities make a positive difference?

On Tuesday, June 10, the public is invited to learn the latest research on this topic as well as how young children in the Lower Columbia region are doing compared to provincial and national trends.  This interesting discussion will be presented from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Best Western Columbia River Hotel (Waneta Room) in Trail by Joanne Schroeder, a children’s healthy development expert from the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC.

The evening will also include updates from local groups on projects and actions being taken to make the Lower Columbia region the most family-friendly place in Canada.  There will be time for questions and for audience members to share their ideas about what more we could do in the Lower Columbia to make a positive difference for our children and families.

The event is co-sponsored by the Family Action Network, the Early Years Office, Teck Trail Operations and the Trail Area Health & Environment Program.

The public is also invited to an Action Planning Session the following day, Wednesday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the same room at the Best Western.  The aim of this session is to talk over the information and ideas from Tuesday’s public forum and identify practical, important projects and actions that could be worked on locally to improve the lives of children and families.

Joanne Schroeder is Deputy Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) an interdisciplinary research institute at UBC that focuses on helping children and families thrive. Joanne has a passion for community development, presenting HELP’s research on children’s development in a common sense way that’s practical and relevant for communities.  Joanne is joined by HELP colleague, Brenda Poon, Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health at UBC, who is currently studying community-based supports for promoting healthy childhood development as a strategy to prevent chronic disease later in life and lay the foundation for life-long health and well-being.

For more information call Ruth Beck, Manager, Trail Area Health and Environment Program at (250) 354-1352.

 

 

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