Communities of Innovation
ECEBC wants to thanks close to 40 communities who submitted Community of Innovation proposals as part of our Leadership Initiative. We applaud and share your commitment to delivering quality early care and learning programs and to honouring the early childhood educators in your communities. Your response to our Initiative affirms for us the importance of this work.
Given the range of creative proposals, it was not an easy task to accept some and not others. That said, we are delighted to be able to support and work with the following 9 diverse Communities of Innovation in 2009. Together, we look forward the challenges, hard work and progress ahead.
We are sharing a very brief description of each project to highlight the diversity of approaches communities are using to support ECE leadership capacity. We are committed to learning from and with these communities this year and to sharing those lessons with even more communities in the years to come.
2009 LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE – COMMUNITIES OF INNOVATION
Daylu Dena Council – Lower Post First Nations (North)
A project to support the leadership capacity of the staff in the Ts’ Udane Kq Day Care Centre by engaging parents, Elders and community members in integrating traditional knowledge and culture.
Seabird Island Band – Agassiz First Nations (Fraser)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators by engaging the community, Elders Committee, Chief and Council and Cultural Committee in determining what is important for young children and how the wholistic needs of young children were met traditionally.
Okanagan Branch of ECEBC (Interior)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators from Oyama to Peachland by showcasing and sharing ECE’s skills, talents and strengths with families, each other and the broader community.
West Kootenay Early Childhood Educators Diversity Group (Interior)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators in South Slocan by sharing children’s perspectives on community issues in the hope of changing the community’s view of children as ‘innocents’ to that of important members of their community.
Prince Rupert (North)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators by working to have Prince Rupert declare itself a Child Friendly community and integrate child friendly policies into its community plan.
Pemberton, Mt Currie, D’arcy Sea to Sky (Vancouver Coastal)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators through public awareness activities in May (Child Care Month) and a retreat to celebrate and value the work of ECEs in the area.
Sunshine Coast Early Childhood Development Planning Table (Vancouver Coastal)
‘VOICE’ - A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators to define leadership, develop and deliver workshops on leadership and take a strong voice for their career to the broader community.
Campbell River (Vancouver Island)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators by establishing a Leadership/Mentoring Forum that will set the stage for a future video that paints a new picture of the work of ECEs in the region.
Victoria (Vancouver Island)
A project to support the leadership capacity of early childhood educators by using pedagogical narrative as a tool to develop an exhibition that can be used for advocacy in the larger community.