Early Years gala!

We are excited to invite you to this year’s appreciation event, Early Years’ Gala: Celebrating the ProfessionWe encourage you to get dressed up and join us on the red carpet for an evening full of great food, good company, and a whole lot of fun!!

Click HERE to reserve your seat! RSVP today!!

This invitation is for all TBDSSAB-funded child care and EarlyON programs, as well as the special needs resourcing team at CCTB. Please share this INVITATION with your colleagues , they won’t want to miss out!

For more information about this highly anticipated event please visit HERE!

Inclusion/ Inclusion

English – Establishing an Environment that Works for All Children
French – Créer un environnement qui convient à tous les enfants

In this video, Donna Lero and Kathy Brophy discuss how to foster inclusive environments that support children’s individual needs and build on their strengths. After watching, tell us what stood out to you in the comments below.

Early Years’ Gala

We are excited to invite you to this year’s appreciation event, Early Years’ Gala: Celebrating the Profession! We encourage you to get dressed up and join us on the red carpet for an evening full of great food, good company, and a whole lot of fun!!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your seat!

This invitation is for all TBDSSAB-funded child care and EarlyON programs, as well as the special needs resourcing team at CCTB. Please share this INVITATION with your colleagues – they won’t want to miss out!!

Pride Month!

June is PRIDE MONTH, an annual event to celebrate the Stonewall riots of June 28th, 1969. Set in motion by the raid of a gay club that sparked a series of demonstrations, this incident led to the beginning of the Gay Rights Movement.

Today, Pride is an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ rights, the coming together of community, and to raise awareness of the work that still needs to be accomplished.

Across the world, cities will be celebrating Pride through a range of events such as parades, parties, festivals, and fundraisers.

What will you be doing this year to celebrate Pride? Visit QueerEvents or Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity for more information.

Here are some resources you might find helpful:

Looking for local Pride events?

The Pride Street Fest in Thunder Bay is coming up this weekend on June 18th.

The Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre is hosting a Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Mini Pow-Wow on June 30th.

 

Click here to view the full YQT Pride Calendar for Thunder Bay. If you know of Pride events happening elsewhere in the District, please let us know and we will share those in our next post. Thank you!

Parent Engagement/ Engagement des parents

English – Inviting Parent Involvement in Early Years Programs
French – Inviter les parents à participer aux programmes pour la petite enfance

In this video, Gilles Cantin talks about how educators can support parents and caregivers to be active contributors in their child’s learning. Share your questions and key takeaways in the comments below.

CCEY Professional Learning Survey

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) is conducting a survey to gather information to help with planning professional learning for the Child Care and Early Years (CCEY) sector.

Your feedback is important to us! This anonymous and confidential survey is being distributed to all people who are currently working in TBDSSAB-funded early years programs. Please share this survey with all staff in your program. HERE is a poster than can be printed and posted in your staff room.

We will use the information we gather to create retention and professional learning strategies that will have an impact on all those in the sector presently and in the future.

As a thank you for completing the survey, we will be holding a draw for five gift baskets valued at $50 each. You will be provided a link at the end of the survey where you can enter your contact information for the draw. Your contact information will not be associated with your survey responses in any way.

The survey and draw are completely anonymous and voluntary, and the results will assist us in improving our programs and services. The results will be shared with service providers and posted on our website (www.tbdssab.ca) later in 2022. Please complete the survey by 4:30pm on June 17, 2022.

Link to Survey (English & French): https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/CCEYProfessionalLearning

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You may decline to answer any question included in the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Carole Lem, Communications & Engagement Officer at Carole.Lem@tbdssab.ca or (807) 766-4219.

Asian Heritage Month is the perfect time to learn more about Asian-American/Canadian culture through your preferred arts, media, and flavours.

Film & Television

Over the last few years, Asian communities have been given more opportunities for authentic representation in film and television. Below are a few links to stories explaining the impact that casting and storytelling in mainstream media has had on Asian communities:

  • ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is going to change Hollywood. It’s about time. Time (2018): Link.
  • Seeing ‘Didis’ on screen: What South Asian representation on Bridgerton means to the diaspora. The Star (2022): Link
  • Pixar’s Turning Red: Adolescence, Asian family dynamics and diversity. Cold Tea Collective (2022): Link.

 

Books [Source: https://www.cbc.ca/books/17-canadian-books-to-read-for-asian-heritage-month-1.5135252]

To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, CBC Books has curated a list of 17 novels, nonfiction, comics and children’s literature by Canadian writers with Asian ancestry.

Included on this list is Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui, which includes honourable mention and interviews with the family behind Thunder Bay’s own Ling Lees restaurant.

Fun fact: “Chinese food” as we know it in small-town Canada is not authentic Chinese food. To quote Hui:

“It’s a food that was created out of discrimination and racism and ingenuity and creativity. It tells such a fascinating part of our history here in Canada.” – Ann Hui

Read the full article on CBC’s website for the list of all 17 recommended books.

Want more inspiration on a regular basis? Follow these accounts on Instagram or subscribe to the Cold Tea Collective newsletter here:

  • Represent-Asian Project: Link
  • Cold Tea Collective: Link
  • Asian Lit for Kids: Link