Burnaby DPAC is pleased to share this great parent education opportunity on Vancouver Island with you. Details below.
Please be sure to share this with others on your PAC Executive.
If you are a PAC Executive member and/or DPAC rep who is able and interested in attending this event please let us know ASAP. DPAC has money available to assist. To make this as cost efficient as possible we would like to take advantage of car pooling and sharing of accomodations (if required, as we do realize and appreciate that some of you know people in Victoria to stay with). Please be sure to let us know before noon on Friday, January 16 by sending your name, PAC position, school name and contact information to email@example.com if you are interested. Please do not hit reply to this email.
Steve Dotto introduces Cyber Safe, a guide for any adult responsible for a computing environment accessible by kids.
Dr. Gabor Maté
Hold On to Your Kids – restore parenting to its natural intuitive basis. Also,
Hungry Ghosts – enter the realm of addictions.
When? Saturday, February 7, 2009, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where? Spectrum Community School 957 West Burnside Road, Victoria, BC
Why? Students of today have far more options in their lives than ever before. As a community supporting our youth, we need to be aware of the many choices they will be faced with; the influences in their daily lives; and how we can support them to navigate these things.
How much? $60 per person for the day, including lunch and snacks
Registration Required. Final deadline is Jan 28, 2009
8am – 8:45 Registration and Exhibits open, Continental breakfast
8:45 – 9:15 Introductions and ‘The Story of Stuff’
9:15 – 10:15 Morning workshops
Break – snacks and visit EXHIBITORS
10:30 –12:00 Steve Dotto – ‘Cyber safe’
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch and DOOR PRIZES
12:45 – 2:15 Gabor Maté – ‘Hold on to your Kids’
2:30 – 3:30 Afternoon workshops
3:30 – 4:00 Debrief, share ideas, finish DOOR PRIZES
2:30 – 3:30 Afternoon workshops
The Story of Stuff-Anne Leonard 8:45 am – 9:10 am
20 minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. You may learn something, it may make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
MORNING WORKSHOPS: 9:15 am -10:15 am
How Can School Communities Pay Off Our Children’s Nature Deficit? – Todd Carnahan
Outdoor educator and biologist Todd Carnahan, Land Care and Stewardship Coordinator for Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) shares his ideas on the successful creation of experiential learning opportunities for environments on our school grounds. HAT delivers stewardship programs from Sooke to Galliano that give landowners, governments, and schools the tools necessary for intelligent natural lands management. Focusing on the Green Spots Program piloted by HAT since 2005, Todd will provide insights for solutions that counter the negative trends of violence, obesity, hyperactivity, and ecological illiteracy of our children. Visit: http://www.hat.bc.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=11
Restitution and Community Justice Conferencing in our Schools and Community – Etta Connor and Pat MacGregor
The philosophy, values and principles of restorative justice are put into practice through conflict resolution and restorative practices in schools, neighbourhoods and families. The presenters will give examples from their experience as community volunteer facilitators and trainers. Pat Macgregor is Coordinator of school volunteers, and Etta Connor is Coordinator of Training for Peninsula Crossroads Community Justice Program.
Why go to school? – James Young
There are students and parents that for various reasons don’t place a high value on a school education. James Young is the Aboriginal Nations Education Liaison at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre www.vnfc.ca . He will give us a unique perspective on the forces that prevent some of our children from becoming engaged in their education.
KEYNOTE #1: 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Cyber Safe – Steve Dotto
Cyber Safe with Steve Dotto is the first step you can take to gain the knowledge needed to keep our children safe on the internet. Steve guides you through the most popular Social Networking sites showing you how they work, how kids interact with them and most importantly – what security settings you should employ. Do you know the difference between Nexopia and Facebook? You really need to know about the places your teens are hanging out, join us and learn more about them.
Steve Dotto’s presentation is FREE to anyone who wants to attend this part of the conference only, by way of sponsorship from The Virtual Schools Society and support from London Drugs. Send this to a few friends, free is a good price for an hour of information that will inform the way you parent.
We must take reservations for this very popular speaker so, please click on the link below, then send your name and phone number, if you want to register for this session only.
Steve for FREE, please!
LUNCH BREAK: 12:00 noon to 12:45 pm
« time to visit the exhibitors and network
« lunch prepared by Food For Thought catering.
« Some DOOR PRIZE draws at 12:30 pm
After lunch we will begin back together in the theatre with Gabor Maté
KEYNOTE #2: 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Hold on to Your Kids – Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D
Dr. Gabor Maté is a physician/psychotherapist, who co-authored with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, a developmental psychologist, the book ‘Hold on to Your Kids’ which tackles one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time – peers replacing parents in the lives of our children. Hold on to Your Kids will restore parenting to its natural intuitive basis and the parent-child relationship to its rightful preeminence. The concepts, principles and practical advice contained in ‘Hold on to Your Kids’ will empower parents to satisfy their children’s inborn need to find direction by turning towards a source of authority, contact and warmth. The concepts, principles and practical advice contained in the book will empower parents to satisfy their children’s inborn need to find direction by turning towards a source of authority, contact and warmth.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
What is true partnership in schools and how does it benefit our children? – John Bird
John Bird, President of the Victoria Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, will lead a discussion about building active partnerships in your school. John will elaborate on concepts such as “community of learners and leaders” and “intrinsic accountability”. We will discuss how parents can bring ideas to their school through building buy-in with staff and students.
In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts – Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D
Dr. Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them and what is needed to liberate ourselves from their hold on our emotions and behaviours. For over ten years Gabor Maté has been the staff physician at the Portland Hotel, a residence and harm reduction facility in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behaviour. He weaves the stories of real people who have struggled with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain.
Sustainability…One Street at a Time – Angela Evans, MCIP
Angela Evans explores the concept of community building through her own experiences as a professional planner and a mother, bringing many simple and low or no-cost ideas that are good for the planet, our kids’ physical and mental well being, and the community at large. Starting with what was to be a simple traffic-calming project to protect young children from careless drivers, she and her neighbours created something unique that has been featured in a number of newspapers and magazine articles locally and nationally.
Debrief in the Theatre: 3:30 pm
We like to learn from our experiences and we like to share what we have learned. So we end our conferences with a sharing of what we liked, how we can improve and anything else you want to share. Then we have our final draw for door prizes.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference, Saturday, February 7th, 2009
For more information on registration or exhibitor table rental contact
Karen Coles at firstname.lastname@example.org
$50 Early Bird Registration received before Jan. 9, 2009
$60 Received before Jan 28, 2009
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Morning Workshops (Choose one)
A How Can School Communities Pay off Our Children’s Nature Deficit?
– Todd Carnahan
B Restorative Practices in the Whole School Community
– Etta Connor and Pat MacGregor
C Why go to School? – Jim Young
Afternoon Workshops (Choose one)
D Partners in Schools – John Bird
E Hungry Ghosts – Gabor Mate
F Sustainability…One Street at a Time – Angela Evans
Send Registration and a cheque made payable to ‘VIP Conference’ before January 28th, 2009 to: VIP Conference c/o SPEAC 3143 Jacklin Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5R1
Please indicate any food allergies or sensitivities below:
The following books by Dr. Maté will be available for purchase at the conference. Please mark here if you may be interested in purchasing. (This is not a commitment.) Please bring exact cash or cheque as we will not have debit or credit card machines available. Thanks.
Hold on to Your Kids $16.00 The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts $22.00
Scattered Minds $23.00 When the Body Says No $23.00