Monday, October 20, 2014

The School Age Child Care Association in partnership with the South Burnaby Neighbourhood House
is proud to present...

Provoking Creativity: Emergent learning environments and program planning for school age children

Emergent, or Reggio-inspired, activities are about exploration and discovery; exploring with our senses, asking questions, testing theories, making plans and thinking deeply. How can we promote this style of programming in our school-age programs where we often face challenges in terms of shared space and part-time staffing? This workshop will offer some insight into using this model for the middle years with a special emphasis on the powerful role of the learning environment and the materials we provide for everyday use. Participants will work with provided materials and a helpful guide to set up play scenarios and open-ended activities that encourage children to experiment and create projects of their own design. Participants will also leave with a small take-away to remind them of the unlimited potential of open-ended materials in our childcare environments.

Workshop Presenter:
Kate Mitchell
has worked in school age childcare since 2002. As a program coordinator, she has worked with elementary school children and their families, providing project-based before and after school programs as well as a large-scale food and nutrition offerings and special interest programs in three westside elementary schools. Kate played a key role in the recent opening of emergent learning styled childcare centres for Jericho Kids Club. For many years she has also been a board member of the School Age Childcare Association of British Columbia, an organization seeking to provide high quality professional development through workshops and conferences and acting as professional advocates for the school age care community. Her most recent work has involved completing her Early Childhood Care and Education certification and promoting the Reggio Emilia philosophical approach and the use of the British Columbia Early Learning and Care Framework in childcare centres for all age groups. These approaches include a family and child-centred approach, primary caregiving models, and a focus on the powerful potential of the childcare learning environment in the lives of children. She is also the busy parent of three wonderful children aged 8 years, 3 years, and 1 year.

Heart Action: Using our hearts to grow up children

As a psychologist who works with children and parents, the most commonly asked question I hear is “What do I do when...”. It would be so simple if there was a one-size-fits-all answer to that question! However, when we consider the wonderful diversity that defines the uniqueness in every child, family, and setting, the sheer complexity of that innocent little question becomes very apparent. As such, concrete lists of very specific action plans are perhaps something that should be warily approached despite their allure of offering a quick fix. Rather than focus on a succinct list of tricks and strategies, this is a workshop that supports participants to approach the growing up of children in a manner that is informed by our hearts. We will discuss how we are neurologically wired to be sensitive to and empathetic about the true needs of our children. We will work to understand how this is possible in today’s contrary pop-culture around parenting and education. And we will seek to have each participant leave feeling empowered by their own capacity to simply rely on their hearts to be exactly what our children need in order to grow and learn as nature intended.

Workshop Presenter:
Dr. Vanessa Lapointe
is a registered psychologist who has been supporting families and children for 15 years. Vanessa has been working in the world of private practice for the past 6 years and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia
Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system. Her areas of interest include holistic approaches to the
psych educational assessment of children, supporting and advocating for children in foster care, and promoting the child’s right to attachment through her work with children, parents, and various provincial organizations. Recently, Vanessa was invited by Dr. Gordon NeufeldtobeaProfessional AssociateoftheNeufeldInstituteasshecontinuestoreachouttoherlocal,provincial,andnational communities to ensure that children have what they need to grow up to their fullest potential. As a mother to two growing children, Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally to view the world through the child’s eyes. 

Cost: $85.00 (includes $25.00 SACCA annual membership)

(Coffee/tea and a lunch provided with your registration)

Registration: 9:15am - 9:30am

AGM: 9:30am-10:00am

Workshops: 10:00am-1:45pm Break & Lunch: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Location: South Burnaby Neighbourhood House 3rd Floor Banquet Room 100-4460 Beresford Street Burnaby BC V5H 0B8 

Canadian Red Cross First Aid Courses

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Babysitting in a Day is an interactive and fun course that teaches youth aged 11 to 15 years the business of babysitting. Learn the responsibilities of a babysitter, how to get along and care for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children, and how to handle emergencies and provide basic first aid. Cost: $55 (includes the Canadian Red Cross Babysitter’s Manual, Babysitter Wallet Card & Babysitter Wall Certificate). Course:Saturday, October 18, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm @ St. Andrew’s United Church, 1044 St. George’s Avenue and 10th Street in North Vancouver. Information/registration: 604-988-8835 or email

Emergency Child Care First Aid & CPR/AED is a one-day course for parents and caregivers of children covering skills needed to recognize, prevent and respond to airway, breathing and circulation emergencies. The course covers first aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest, sudden medical emergencies, childhood illnesses, head and spine injuries, wound care and poisons. Cost: $90 (includes manual and certification). Courses: Saturday, October 18; Saturday, November 15; and Saturday, December 6; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm @St. Stephen’s United Church, 7025 Granville Street and 54th Avenue in Vancouver. Info/registration: 604-988-8835 or email

Red Cross goes on the road! If you have 10 or more people who want to learn either Emergency Child Care or Emergency First Aid, we'll teach the course at your facility. And if you have 14 or more youth who want to become a Babysitter, we'll teach the Babysitting course on-site. For more information or to book your group, please contact Susan Cowan at 604-988-8835 or by email at

Newcomer Women's Clinic

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Newcomer Women's Health Clinic (NIWH) clinic is for women 18 years or older, new to Canada in the past 5 years and do not have a regular health care providers. Women (not families) are eligible for the clinic for up to 2 years and the clinic (via cultural brokers) will assist in transitioning women to another health care provider in their community. It is run by nurse practitioners with access to other health care providers if needed. Yes you can share the information, it is very new but the clinic is accepting new women... To book call 604-875-3137:)

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