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Car Seat Program
The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) and United Way of the Lower Mainland are working in partnership to make child car seats available to non-profit agencies that work with families with children age nine and under through their Community Child Car Seat Program. Successful applicants will receive child car seats for use within their programs and/or for distribution to client families in need. Deadline: May 14, 2013
For more information visit the United Way of the Lower Mainland's website.
Early Childhood Community Mourns Death of Clyde Hertzman
The world of early childhood lost a true champion for children yesterday, with the unexpected death of Dr. Clyde Hertzman. Many of us in Richmond have had the privilege of hearing Clyde speak over the years in his capacity as Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC, and some of us have had the honour to work with him. Clyde was much more than a professor, doctor, scientist and international expert on early childhood development - he was also a powerful advocate for policy change that would improve the lives of children and families. And many of us will also remember him as a warm, approachable man who cared deeply about children and inspired us with his passion and commitment.
Helen Davidson Wins National Child Rights Award
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children has awarded Helen Davidson, the 2012 National Children’s Rights Champion Award.
Helen (center) is the manager of Richmond Children First and was the receipient of the award for her commitment to respecting the rights of children.
The Children’s Rights Champion Award is given annually to an individual or group for work that makes a significant difference in the lives of children and advances respect for their rights. “Helen’s intentional use of the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a framework for her work, her reputation for active listening to children, and her extensive engagement of children, demonstrates excellent practice in the implementation of children’s rights,” said Kathy Vandergrift, President of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children.
“What is particularly special about this award,” shared Helen, “is that it was a panel of young people who reviewed the nominations and recommended me for the award.” The nomination committee was comprised of young people from the Voyager Project at Ryerson University. This program develops individualized educational and experience programs for young people who are in or who have recently left the child welfare system.