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Chemical Awareness: Your Environment and Your Health

This is a 2 hour Health Canada workshop that covers how chemicals in the environment affect health, safety with household chemicals, radon testing, air quality, gardening and outdoor tips, food & safe food handing, drinking water, extreme heat and safety with consumer products. Beyond this, we will have resources to show and hand out.

Agnes Pisarski-  Risk Communication and Public Involvement Officer, Health Canada, BC Region Agnes delivers chemical awareness workshops for families with children, Early Childhood Educators, daycare staff, seniors, and new immigrants. She also raises awareness on how to create a healthier home at various tradeshows and events.

Meghan RoushorneAir Quality and Health Specialist, Health Canada, BC Region Meghan provides education and advice on issues related to air quality and health. She also enjoys connecting with people through workshops and other outreach opportunities.

Thursday September 12, 2019 6:30 - 8:30



Transitions and Visual Supports

In this workshop we will discuss transitions and how best to support children through a transition. We will discuss the benefits of using visual aids and tactile objects to help make a transition smoother. I will share examples on how to make and use visual aids when transitioning, there will be time to ask questions and share specific situations.

Bio: Kim has been working in the Child Care field for 30 years.  She has Diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Adult Education.  Throughout her career, she has worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children with exceptionalities and adolescences.  She has been presenting informative workshops to Early Childhood Educators and Parents for a number of years. 

Thursday September 26, 2019 6:30 - 8:30



Make and Take : Apple Trouble!

Hedgehog has finished building a cozy nest for winter. Unfortunately, a ripe apple falls from the tree above and gets stuck in her spines, making it impossible for her to fit in her new digs. She has several friends to whom she can go for advice, but their instructions simply make her situation worse. She ends up with other bits and pieces stuck to her body in addition to the apple -- including nuts, a pear, a dried leaf, and some berries. Then she meets another animal that is able to ease her situation by eating everything stuck to her.

Bio: Vesna Krcmar and Sandy Yip are experienced Early Childhood Educators and staff members of the Vancouver CCRR at Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre. They bring a rich background (more than 20 years) in working with 0-5 year-old children in both family child care and group care settings.

October 17, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 pm



LOVING THE OUTDOORS THROUGH LITERATURE-nature stories and storytelling

You don’t need to wonder Where the Wild Things Are; sometimes they’re in your classroom! In this workshop, learn how stories about animals, plants and wild places can act as a portal to outdoor learning. Use literature to bring your group of wild things outdoors to explore! Whether you’re new to outdoor learning or a seasoned outdoors person, get ideas for creating connections between books, songs, oral stories and outdoor activities.

Bio: As a small child, Tricia Edgar loved to sit outside and look into the branches of the cherry tree in her backyard watching the flowers drift to the ground. As an adult, she plays in the mud with her children, plants flowers and food, and shares her enthusiasm for science curriculum, outdoor education, local food and gardening with others. She is a long time outdoor educator, with over 20 years of experience developing outdoor and science education curriculum. She teaches all ages, from toddlers to adults. Tricia is the program director of Fresh Air Learning, a society that brings all season play-based, place-based learning to children in the Metro Vancouver area.

Thursday November 14, 2019 6:30 - 8:30




This workshop will teach the basics of how to play the West African djembé drum. It's about having fun and learning to drum in a group setting. Drums are supplied.

BIO Russell is a percussionist with over thirty years of professional playing and teaching experience. He's traveled to West Africa seven times to study with master drummers. Russell teaches African drumming and performs in various musical settings and situations and has run his own hand drumming school for twenty-five years.

Thursday November 21, 2019   6:30 - 8:30



Messy Art: Holiday Version

Celebrate creativity by exposing children to a variety of mediums, tools and materials through open-ended art activities. Provide children with experiences that support inclusion and a diversity of developmental needs. All can be possible through hands-on art situations. Discover the important role that documentation and display play in classrooms.


Thursday December 5, 2019   6:30 - 8:30



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