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10 Canadian Programs Chosen for First Book Canada Grants

As many of you already know, Love Child Organics is proud to be partnered with First Book Canada, a non-profit organization which provides brand new books to children in need. Through our Spreading the Love campaign, Love Child Organics donates 1 cent from every single product we sell directly to First Book Canada. As a parent-founded business and registered B Corporation we are proud and honored to support First Book Canada and the important work they do.

Last month we pledged to choose recipients representing 10 children’s programs across Canada to receive $500 book grants from Love Child Organics and First Book Canada. These grants will be used to buy high-quality new books through the First Book Canada Marketplace, bringing books directly to the children who need them most across our country.

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Today I’d like to update you on the recipients that have been chosen! Congratulations to them all and a huge thank you to as well for the work they do for Canada’s most vulnerable children.

1. Erica Tjart – Green Timbers Elementary School – Surrey, BC

Erica is a first grade teacher. She teaches mostly new Indo-Canadian children and has 2 Syrian refugee children in her class. 22/24 students in her class are ELL (English language learners).

2. Yvonne M Skalaa – CSL TownHouse Nursery School – Glace Bay, NS

Yvonnne is an early childhood educator with 4 classes of 12 children. Many of the children are from new immigrant families. She focuses on school readiness with strong importance on kindness and consideration for our world and all the people and creatures on it.

3. Melanie Midgley – Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre Early Years Programme – Nanaimo, BC

Melanie runs early years programming designed for urban aboriginal families in Nanaimo BC.  Programs include an Early Literacy Morning, an Outdoor Play morning as well as an Aboriginal Family Morning program.

“Nanaimo Aboriginal Center (NAC) recognizes the traditional territory of the Coast Salish nations upon whose territory we work, live and play. NAC is a community organization with a focus on early childhood development that acknowledges the critical importance of supporting healthy human development in the early years. Our Vision is to see every Aboriginal student inn Nanaimo Ladysmith graduate form high school. We believe a 90-100% Aboriginal grade rate is achievable, but it requires a strategic focus, one that begins at birth, one that is built on respect partnerships with the private and public sectors, one that places a priority on culture/language, one that sets high standards and defines success in a manner that is measurable.”

4. Kathleen Hoare – Brazier Street Nursery Before and After – Winnipeg, MB

Kathleen Hoarse runs the Lunch program, the Brazier Nursery and the before and after school programs at Prince Edward School. Children attending the Brazier Street Nursery are between three and four years of age.

5. Kcristal Speiss – Ontario Early Years Community Living North Bay – North Bay, ON

The Ontario Early Years Centre – Nipissing is an interactive program for children and their families, from birth to six years of age. Early Years programs play an important role in supporting children’s learning, development, health and well-being. Children succeed in programs that focus on active learning through exploration, play and inquiry. Children thrive in programs where they and their families are valued as active participants and contributors.

6. Elizabeth June Davis – Louis Street Community Association – Sudbury, ON

Elizabeth is the Community Coordinator who established the Louis Street Community Association. Their goal is to help families and their children with programs and initiatives in a low income Social Housing community.

7. Joan Anderson – Early Childhood Intervention Program Regina – Regina, SK

The Early Childhood Intervention Program Regina,  is a home visiting program that works with developmentally delayed children from birth to mandatory school age.

“At ECIP, we work with children ages 0 – 5 who are experiencing a delay in their development. We do this within home visits, through play. By providing families information, resources and supports early on in the child’s life, we aim to create a solid foundation for life-long learning.”

8. Lillian Shaffer – Moncton Headstart Inc. – Moncton, NB

Moncton Headstart Inc. is a charitable community agency dedicated to providing quality early family intervention and support services to help children and their families realize their full potential. Moncton Headstart Inc. pursues standards of excellence and values mutually respectful relationships. It supports 45 low income children between the ages of 2 and 5 attend at Headstart on a daily basis. They have three classrooms with 16 two year olds, 16 three year olds and 13 four year olds.

9. Izeldin Kamaledin – Canadian Sudanese Association for the Arts and Culture – Calgary, AB

Through the association, Izeldin supports new immigrant children in Calgary.

10. Amanda Wiebe – Nechako Valley Community Services Society – Vanderhoof, BC

Amanda is an Infant Development Consultant that runs young literacy groups and works with families that have children under 6 years of age.

“Nechako Valley Community Services provides support, education and empowerment to individuals and families to enhance independence, confidence and wellness, respecting the diversity within our communities. From birth to three years, a child develops at a very rapid pace. Some babies, however, may be slower to reach developmental milestones such as sitting alone, playing with toys, walking, or talking. With extra help for you and your family, and perhaps a different approach in teaching skills, your baby can be encouraged to learn and may progress more readily. Future physical, social, emotional, behavioural, communication and intellectual development depends largely on your baby’s early experiences with his / her family.”

Congratulations again to the chosen recipients. We’re so happy to support you in bringing #bookstokids!

With LOVE,

Leah