Once upon a time I was exceptionally quiet in the online space. I silently observed what others were saying and doing. I did this for a good long time…years in fact. Yes, I was a lurker. You have no idea how much courage it took for me to find my voice and to actually begin sharing it.
Silence can be a scary thing. Overwhelming too. In many ways breaking that silence can be even scarier – even though in the long run it changes everything for the better. I am incredibly thankful to a number of folks who encouraged me to truly show up and to begin engaging. The people who supported my journey always saw me for the person I am. And they took the time to reach out to me. To see me. Their actions and wisdom taught me that sharing my voice and my true self in the online space really does matter. I firmly believe that their support has changed everything about the way I approach my business and my life. Because certain people chose to believe in me….I was able to begin believing in not only myself, but in others too. Guess what? There is true magic in a formula that works like that. I will spend the rest of my life giving to others because of those folks who gave to me when I most needed it. They helped me understand the true power of connection and generosity.
And so with my own experience long behind me – but the lessons never forgotten – it makes me incredibly happy to announce that starting next Tuesday at 10:00 AM Pacific I will begin co-hosting #LurkerChat with Nick Kellet! It will be a weekly Tuesday morning event – a combination Twitter chat meets HOA. I am both honoured and humbled to be doing this with Nick. He is someone that I respect hugely and that I love spending time with. Nick and I are committed to reaching out to the folks who stay in the shadows, to having truly interactive discussions and to generously engaging with folks. Something tells me it’s going to be more than a little special. I hope you will join us.
As part of the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment, we are pleased to move forward with the online survey component of this project!
Access to Online Child Care Survey
Dates Survey Will Be Available
The survey will be open to collect responses from November 3 – 21, 2014.
Who Can Participate?
A wide range of individuals can provide feedback to the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment project.
– Interested Community Members Without Children
– Business Owners or Professionals
– Owners, Operators or Board Members of Child Care Programs
– Early Childhood Educators
– Municipal Council Members, Municipal Employees or First Nations Representatives
– Interested Individuals Who Reside Outside of the Region
No Access to The Internet?
Please share this link with as many individuals as possible who may have an interest with child care issues in the East Kootenay region of BC. If someone does not have access to the internet from their home, we encourage them to:
– visit their local library where they should be able to access a computer and internet for no cost (provided they have a library card). Please see this link for information on local library locations http://klf.bclibrary.ca/KLF-libraries
– contact Street Angels at 250-420-2756 to arrange for internet access in order to complete the survey.
What Happens With the Information Collected?
Once the responses have been compiled we will be incorporating the results into a written report that will be prepared in late 2014.
Thank you to Project Funders & Supporters
The East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment Task Force wishes to thank the Columbia Basin Trust, Success By Six, ChildrenFirst, the East Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral and 45 Conversations for their funding/in-kind contributions toward this project. We would also like to thank members of the East Kootenay Child Care Needs Assessment Advisory Committee for their ongoing feedback and support toward the success of this project.
Further Information or Questions?
For further information or if you have any questions on this initiative please contact:
Sponsor Agency –
Children First Manager
East Kootenay Region
Project Consultant –
Consultant & Early Childhood Educator
45 Conversations Media & Education
Today I’m presenting on work-life issues and living with intention for a client in Vancouver. As luck would have it a few things crossed my social media streams this morning related to these issues.
First there was this from Laura Fitton. It got me thinking about an important question – How much sacrifice is too much sacrifice?
And there was this from Marti Konstant – an important reminder about how technology and online connection has taken over our personal space.
And when I asked a few colleagues – How do you know when you are truly living and working with intention?
Here’s what David Cameron had to say. It’s a great way to check that you are aligning things in your life with true intention.
And Ali Davies offered some great wisdom too. I love the idea of keeping core values central to everything – in work and life.
Wendy Chappell suggested some helpful thoughts too.
Robert Paterson pointed out that energy is key to living and working intentionally.
Below is a list of a few resources I have put together to share later today related to work-life and living with intention. Maybe you will find some of them to be of interest.
What Am I Learning?
As part of the East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care, I chatted with Sharon Cross who is a City Councillor with the City of Cranbrook. Sharon has been an active volunteer since 1975 in many aspects of the community as well as in the broader East Kootenay region and internationally. She wants to improve the livability of Cranbrook on many fronts.
Highlights from this Conversation with Sharon Cross
Licensed child care spaces that are being lost in the region.
The chronic shortage of early childhood educators in the East Kootenay Region.
How child care contributes to economic development within the region.
Various initiatives and programs in BC that support child care and why they are not totally working to solve the child care challenges in the East Kootenay region.
The challenges that families and employers are facing.
If you would like to chat further with Sharon Cross regarding child care issues in the East Kootenay region can reach her via telephone at 250-489-4412.
I’m talking about child care with people who live and work in the East Kootenay region of BC, Canada as part of the East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care. Recently I jumped into a Google+ Hangout with Patricia Whalen who is the Children First Manager for the region to discuss the Child Care Needs Assessment Project that is currently underway. Patricia has 4 boys and has been happily married for 24 years. We had a great discussion that covered a lot of different aspects of early learning and child care issues for the region.
East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care – Key Thoughts
Below are some key thoughts from Patricia Whalen –
Province wide; lack of child care has been a huge issue.
It (child care) affects the community as a whole.
When they (families) hear that the child care wait lists are huge they opt out of locating here.
Highlights from this #45Conversations Hangout
- How the Child Care Needs Assessment project started – 1.04
- About the East Kootenay region – 4.15
- Families cannot locate into East Kootenay region due to child care issues – 7.00
- About the Child Care Needs Assessment project & social media – 9.03
- Starting the conversation – 10.40
- Understanding the issues – 13.10
I met David Cameron through the misfit community – which is carefully handcrafted by the amazing AJ & Melissa Leon and their awesome team of misfits. I was delighted when he mentioned that he would love to be part of the Conversations On Early Childhood Education & Child Care.
David and I chatted about a huge range of topics in our time together. I simply loved hearing his stories about growing up and how his own experiences have influenced his life as a parent today. David is the adoptive father of two beautiful young children. He feels strongly about the importance of children in society. During our discussion he shared many thoughts as well as several frustrations about the way early childhood education and early childhood educators are valued in Canada.
Thoughts About Early Childhood Education & Child Care from David Cameron
We should reasonably expect that the people who work with our kids should want to be doing that job and should be valued for what it is they do and the importance of that.
It’s important to do what we can do and it has to start early. And we need to be involved. We need to do something, you need to be part of it…. – if that means visiting that early childhood place where your own kids are going or it simply means put away your iPhone.
Highlights from the Conversation with David Cameron
- David Cameron Tells His Story – 1:29
- MisfitCon – 5:20
- Encourage Children to Dream – 9:32
- Being Present & The Struggle With Technology – 11:31
- Valuing Early Childhood Educators & The Role of Parents – 18:35
- Why It’s Important to Invest In The Early Years – 24:16
About David Cameron
David is a Stress Reduction Specialist via Portfolio Management who escaped Northern Ontario boy. He’s now living on an island in the pacific ocean where it rarely snows. David is an adoptee and adoptive parent of young kids in a multi racial family. He’s a big believer that common sense is not so common.
Life Can Be Amazing
Life can be pretty amazing sometimes. In fact, very amazing. That’s exactly how I’m feeling this morning as I write this post to announce that Sandra Griffin, MA has joined the #45Conversations Global Advisory Team! You see this is one of those moments in life when I’m reminded that everything we do contributes to the body of work we are each creating. (Thank you Pamela Slim.) Connections we make, relationships we build, conversations we have – they all matter. We carry them forward with us. They become part of our story.
Sandra Griffin Has Always Stood Out To Me
Shortly after I entered the field of early childhood education, Sandra became the President of the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC). In the early days of my work in the field, she stood out to me as a role model and mentor who had a unique and open perspective when it came to creating opportunities and nurturing possibilities to benefit Canadian children, families and early childhood educators. Over the years, our paths crossed in various ways related to different projects and initiatives. Sometimes we connected a lot, other times only a little. Regardless of how we connected, Sandra always made me think about things in new and interesting ways. She just seemed to help me open my eyes a little wider and see things from another perspective.
And so fast forward to 2014. Through the power of social networking, Sandra and I have once again managed to have our paths cross again. However this time it’s a little different; you see Sandra recently retired from serving as the Chief of Staff with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. As such, she has been travelling extensively throughout Canada & the United States. For quite some time I have been watching her adventures unfold online through a series of pictures and stories that she has shared with friends. It has been both moving and inspiring. She has embraced her new world of retirement and related travel adventures in the way that any great early childhood educator would. She has been both curious and present. It’s something that I have seen and felt through her amazing online storytelling.
Lending Her Heart & Wisdom
As I thought about the plans that I have for the future of 45 Conversations Media and Education, I realized that it would be both an honour and an asset if Sandra were to join the 45 Conversations Global Advisory Team. The team consists of an incredibly talented group of individuals who live and work in multiple countries and who have significant expertise related to content marketing & brand strategy, social media, new media & transmedia, Autism, early childhood education & education, business – from very small to very large organizations, photography & film, fundraising & NGO’s, collaboration & community building and writing & publishing.
And so with that thought in mind, Sandra and I ended up in a series of Skype calls last week. We discussed so many different things – work, life, children, grandchildren and travel adventures. We also discussed the work that 45 Conversations is doing through projects like the Conversations on Early Childhood Education & Child Care and my unique combination of expertise in early childhood education and online community building. We talked about how social media and content marketing presents interesting possibilities for the field to build local and global connections, to share learnings and to leverage opportunities for collaboration in new and exciting ways. It was an amazing discussion that lead to Sandra agreeing to become part of what’s coming next for 45 Conversations by officially joining the 45 Conversations Global Advisory Team. To say I’m excited is an understatement. More accurately, I’m both humbled and incredibly thankful that she has agreed to lend her heart and wisdom as things move forward for 45 Conversations Media & Education.
About Sandra Griffin, MA
Sandra is a dynamic people-centred Senior Executive with a strong social conscience. She is a team builder has a history of successes in the development and implementation of innovative research, policy and practice in the social development field, particularly for vulnerable populations. Most recently Chief of Staff with the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Sandra has served as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Integrated Quality Assurance and Child Care Operations for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia, Director, Infrastructure and Development for the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, the Chief of Staff for the Honourable Ken Dryden, Minister, Social Development Canada and the Executive Director for the Canadian Child Care Federation. She is highly strategic and has a natural ability to devise big picture strategies and solutions. A gifted public speaker and communicator, Sandra is known for her ability to inspire others to reach further, invest more and accomplish much. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, National Award for Excellence in Child Care and the Canada Volunteer Award.