Sunday, August 19, 2018

Family Centre is coming soon!!

Our centre is part of a network of Early Childhood and Family Centres across Ontario. The AO Early Years and Family Centre is part of a proposed innovative hub for Indigenous lead and supported programming that serves First People, as well as the general public living in the Waterloo Region. 
We have partnered with Waterloo Region to deliver our services and we are funded by the province’s Journey Together reconciliation initiative. Learning from the YMCA and other early years partners we are intending to reproduce common best practices while delivering life long learning opportunities and social space for families with a special emphasis on supporting those first few years of life.  We will be focused on providing Indigenous lead and developed programs associated with traditional and land-based wisdoms and skills.  We will be relying on the ongoing guidance of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers to deliver these programs. 

Based on an asset model we are aiming our programming toward building spirit and fostering inclusive community. We are committed to engaging parents, caregivers, families and children to help develop meaningful, and lasting connections.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Soon you can Meet the Child and Family Centre Team

You will soon be able to meet the facilitators of AO's Child and Family Centre!

They will be warm, friendly, fun early childhood educators who can't wait to meet you and spend time with you and your children!

Photo of some members of the AO team: Employment Counsellor Heather Majaury, Family Centre Supervisor Ellie Murphy, and former student Cynthia
The facilitators will join the AO Team, including Employment Counsellor Heather Majaury (left) 
and Family Centre Supervisor Ellie Murphy (centre). Also picture: former student, Cynthia.
We are looking to hire two Indigenous individuals who are passionate about families, community, and Indigenous ways of learning, living, and being. They will plan and facilitate high-quality play and learning experiences that are inclusive and reflective of the diversity within and amongst First Peoples in Waterloo.

The facilitators will join Supervisor Ellie Murphy in creating an amazing place for local Indigenous families to gather, connect, celebrate, and learn together.

Ellie and Executive Director Stephen Jackson will be interviewing candidates in the coming weeks.

Then, the Child and Family Centre staff team will spend time with Elders to deepen their knowledge and ideas for exciting new programs for Indigenous children and family members.

We can’t wait to introduce the facilitators to you!

At the St. Paul’s Pow Wow: Talking with the Community about the Indigenous Child and Family Centre

On Saturday, September 22, staff and directors from Anishnabeg Outreach attended St. Paul’s 15th Annual Pow Wow at Waterloo Park. ...