Friday November 5, 2010

Upcoming Event

Raising Healthy Kids

Community Celebration featuring keynote speaker Paul Kershaw  

Submitted by Michael Berger, CLCS


he Chilliwack Early Years Committee will be hosting a “Community Celebration” event featuring speaker Paul Kershaw. The purpose of the event is to inform the wider community about the importance of early child development and its significance for the community. The goal is to engage the broader community in supporting families to raise healthy kids. The issues of adult learners, workplace skills, business involvement in community and families’ needs for support in their children’s early learning and care are inter-related. This event will help illustrate that point.

Paul Kershaw is Assistant Professor in the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC, the Director of Social Care and Social Citizenship Research Network, Co-Director of the Early Learning and Child Care Research Unit. He is also Faculty Associate with the Department of Political Science and the Centre for Women Studies and Gender Relations. Paul is a dynamic, motivating speaker who addresses the responsibility of all sectors of the community for the outcomes of our community’s children, presenting compelling data in ways any audience can grasp.

Information about how Chilliwack’s young children are doing and the impact of the work of the Early Years Committee will be presented.

The event will take place at City Hall in council chambers from 12:00 noon to 3pm on Thursday, November 25.

More background on Paul Kershaw

Dr. Paul Kershaw is a farmer morning and night, and an academic by day. He is one of Canada’s leading thinkers about family policy, and he has received two national prizes from the Canadian Political Science Association for his work in this area. Kershaw’s research shows that family policy is important for social justice, gender equality, citizenship, population health and economic growth. With this expertise, Kershaw is leading the evaluation of expenditures required for family policy innovation in British Columbia and the rest of country, along with a detailed estimate of the short- and long-term benefits of the proposed investments. At the University of British Columbia, he is the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Scholar in Social Care, Citizenship and the Determinants of Health where he serves as the Director of the Social Care and Social Citizenship Research Network. Dr. Kershaw lives in Katzie Territory at Homecoming Farm, Pitt Meadows, BC.



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