North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society has received some very disappointing news about one of our major funding sources for Family Centre programs. The Provincial government has cut our most significant source of funding that supports the Kaslo and Meadow Creek Family Centre programs and their staff.
This cut to funding will mean:
* Cancellation of the Tuesday evening Strong Start dinner program in Kaslo
* Loss of the second facilitator who works in the Strong Start Parent and Child Time program 3 sessions/week. We will need to operate with only one staff member present which will decrease the quality of the program and services we are able to offer to families
* The Mothercare Pregnancy program will be reduced to only being offered twice per month without lunch provided.
* Loss of gas vouchers to attend Family Centre programs and Emergency Food vouchers for families who live with a low income
* Cancellation of the Annual Kaslo Children’s Fair
* Loss of staff coordination hours and wages which will result in fewer services being offered to families
* Termination of monthly visits from community and regional Service Providers during the Strong Start Parent and Child Time program (for example having the Public Health Nurse, Speech and Language Pathologist, Counsellors, Advocacy Centre, etc. come to connect with families during the program).
NKLCSS will be writing a letter to express our concern about this cut to funding and the various ways it will impact services and supports for families living in our rural and remote communities. We invite you to write letters to express your concerns regarding the loss of funding to these valuable programs and services to submit along with our letter.
Your letter could be addressed to the following: Michelle Mungall, MLA Nelson-Creston Rob Wicharuk, Director of Operations, MCFD Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Our hope is to submit our letter along with any letters you would like to include as a package in hopes of making the most impact. If you feel inspired to make a contribution, please submit your letter to me in person at the North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society office (336 B Ave) or by email to email@example.com (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, December 4^th.
Thank you for your support,
Sarah Evans, BA, RT
Early Years Coordinator
Youth Art and Culture Program Coordinator
** “Using Art with Young Children”
“Using Art with Young Children”: A workshop for parents with Suzan Clancy, art therapist. Explore:
* Simple ways to enjoy art together and strengthen your bond
* How making art can lead to emotional regulation
* Using creativity to support brain development
* How to choose activities for specific needs (both parents’ and child’s)
* Making the most of your recycled materials-art doesn’t need to be expensive!
This will be a workshop for the adults with some hands-on art making and lots of information, activity ideas and discussion. Thursday, December 13th. 9:30-11:30. Meadow Creek Family Centre (in Jewett school)
Childcare provided. Registration required. Register at Strong Start or contact Barb Cyr at 250-353-7691 or email@example.com(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) . Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and proudly supported by Columbia Basin Trust.
Please provide the following information when you register: your name, phone number, names and ages of any children you will be bringing and a list of food allergies.
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Wow there went November! Christmas holidays are quickly approaching and we have some awesome activities and learning opportunities lined up.
Monday, November 26-Sharing/Current Events
Tuesday, November 27-Strong Start/Nobody’s Perfect
Wednesday, November 28-Aboriginal Hot Lunch
Thursday, November 29-Strong Start
Jewett Turkey Bingo*
Friday, November 30-Danica Weager-District Aboriginal Coordinator-Aboriginal Take Me Outside Day
*This week only we are having Library on Thursday
*Turkey Bingo-doors open at 5:30 with bingo starting at 6:00.
If possible please bring baking on Wednesday so we can plate and price. There will be a bake table and raffles as well as bingo.
Childminding for children 10 and under-any older children will need to be with parents in the bingo room.
Next week I will send out our list of December activities as we will most likely need some parent support.
We have a visit coming up this Thursday, November 22nd with Josslyn Gareau, Women’s Counsellor at North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society. Josslyn will join us from 10-11:30 am.
Here is some info she’s passed along about her work:
“I provide counselling through the Stopping the Violence (STV) Women’s counselling program, which provides short and long term individual counselling and related supports to women who have experienced relational violence or abuse. This service is available to any female-identifying individual who has experienced violence or abuse in her life, whether current or past and whether from family members, partners, acquaintances, or strangers. I also help co-coordinate the Safe Home program offers temporary accommodation and safety planning for women with their children who are fleeing, or at risk of, violence and abuse. The Safe Home program consists of local community members who offer the use of their private homes when needed, and coordination to access the Nelson Transition House.”
Clarification from Elections BC: If you are already registered & have lost your ballot or threw it out you can obtain a replacement after November 23 at your nearest Service BC/Referendum Service Centre.
Given ongoing Canada Post disruption a completed ballot package can also be dropped off at the nearest Service BC/Referendum Service Office:
Kaslo: 413 4th Street (Village Hall) Tuesday November 27, Thursday November 29 & Friday November 30th 10.00 AM to 3.00 PM: