The Public Health Association of BC in partnership with UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) are hosting a child-friendly public event to commemorate Dr. Clyde Hertzman and his work in early childhood development.
This will be an evening of song and chat with singer-songwriter Raffi Cavoukian and Dr. Paul Kershaw on Early Childhood Development. Tickets by donation - all proceeds will go to the Clyde Hertzman Legacy Fund (https://startanevolution.ubc.ca/projects/the-clyde-hertzman-legacy-fund/).
About the Presenters
Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., O.B.C.
A renowned singer known by his first name alone, Raffi was a pioneer in quality recordings for kids on his indie label, Troubadour. For millions of fans, Raffi’s music was the soundtrack of their childhoods, and they took his signature song, “Baby Beluga,” to heart. These “beluga grads” now share his music with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children’s entertainer in the Western world, and Canada’s all-time children’s champion.
Raffi is a music producer, author, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Global 500 Roll and the Order of Canada. He holds three honorary degrees and is a member of the Club of Budapest.
In a career spanning four decades, Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers and has never taken part in direct advertising to children. He is a passionate supporter of a commercial-free childhood. In 2006, he was awarded the Fred Rogers Integrity Award for this work.
In 2010, Raffi founded the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, BC—a global movement that views honouring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking cultures.
In 2012, Raffi and the Centre For Child Honouring joined with Sandy Garossino and Mark Busse to found Red Hood Project, a movement for online security for young users. In 2013, Raffi wroteLightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us. This book offers three reasons for social media reform: safety, intelligence, and sustainability, and Raffi highlights children’s developmental needs as a key missing consideration in the digital revolution.
Dr Paul Kershaw
Paul Kershaw leads the Gen Squeeze campaign. He is a farmer morning and night. By day, he is a University of BC professor, public speaker, volunteer, and regular media contributor. Kershaw is one of Canada’s top thinkers about generational equity with Canadian Family magazine describing him as “the ‘Generation Squeeze’ guru.” Twice the Canadian Political Science Association has awarded Kershawnational prizes for his research. “Armed with a laptop and a raft of statistics,” The Vancouver Province describes Kershaw as “a one-man road show trying to change BC one talk at a time.” He brings that commitment to all provinces in support of a Canada that works for all generations. At the University of BC,Kershaw is a faculty member of the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health, where he is a Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation Scholar.