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The Southern Gulf Islands Early Years Initiative
Mayne Island Early Childhood Society
What makes for a healthy, sustainable community for families with young children? The Mayne Island Early Childhood Society [MIECS] is sponsoring an inquiry into this topic in the communities of the Southern Gulf Islands. The focus is on Mayne, Pender, Galiano and Saturna, but we’d love to hear from Salt Spring islanders too!
The goal of the MIECS Early Years Initiative is to bring together interested parties from all the islands, for a round-table discussion of topics related to the well-being of families with young children.
• What are the big issues affecting families here in the Southern Gulf Islands?
• What is the same in each individual community, and what is different?
• What might we do better or differently, as a community, and within the region, to support the lives of young families?
• How might we work together to support and encourage one another?
• Where else might we look for ideas and support for the Early Years?
In the long run the intention of the Early Years Initiative is to create a Southern Gulf Islands regional alliance of individuals and groups engaged with the lives of families with young children, working together to better access resources for all our community. We’ve now launched the first phase: our on-line survey.
Why a survey? The motivation for this project arose out of the Mayne Island Early Childhood Society board’s concern for the ongoing viability of our community. We believe that everyone in the Southern Gulf Islands region faces similar problems: diminishing resources, aging population and the loss of young families unable to maintain stable lives here. We recognised that we don’t really know about the deep experiences of families, here or on other islands. One of our goals is to learn more from families and service providers themselves about what helps them sustain their lives here, and what hinders them. Working with other islanders, we would like to use this knowledge to help define a collaborative vision for the future.
So please go online and take a few minutes to complete the survey. Of course we’re especially interested in hearing from families with young children, but anyone who is involved with local community is welcome to respond: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SGIEarlyYears.
Join Us! We’re aiming for a pan-island colloquium on Mayne in late May. Before this we’ll be asking for more input from all the islands, and conducting individual telephone survey to better develop topics for the discussion.
You’re invited to the Early Years Colloquium on Mayne. The colloquium will be held
• Saturday, May 31st, 2014,
• from 11am – 4pm
• at the Mayne Island School, 535 Fernhill Road.
The event is free but you must pre-register before May 24 to assure a spot. A light lunch is included and child-care will be provided. Some travel subsidies are available. Ferry pick-up & drop-off can also be arranged.
If you’re interested in participating in any way, have ideas, questions or any other input to offer, please let us know as soon as possible! You can contact us through the online survey or connect with the MIECS program coordinator Tina Farmilo at 250-539-2402 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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