As young children scrambled over mats and through tunnels during Family Gym at the Community Centre on Mon. Nov. 7, stakeholders from across the community renewed their commitment to the Success By 6 Early Years Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
And they welcomed Lynell Anderson from the University of British Columbia and the Human Early Learning Partnership, who presented to many business and community leaders. Anderson addressed the decline in the standard of living for the generation raising young children today, and how they are squeezed for time at home, squeezed for income because of the high cost of housing, and squeezed for services like child care that would help them balance earning a living with raising a family. She said the business community pays a price when employees with young children bring their time and service squeeze to their jobs.
City of Campbell River’s mayor Charlie Cornfield, School District 72’s Nevenka Fair, Vancouver Island Health Authority’s Brett Hodson, Ministry of Child and Family Development’s Jeff Kizuk, Laichwiltach Family Life Society’s Audrey Wilson, United Way’s Lynne Brown and Coastal Community Credit Union’s Francois Egan all stepped forward to put their names to a document that commits them to working together on behalf of young children.
While recent reports on Campbell River’s young children indicate there is much work to be done, Success By 6 partners and corporate sponsors alike are actively taking steps to break down barriers and build up neighbourhoods. Signing the MOU and welcoming Anderson to our community was just one way to signal their deep and ongoing commitment to make Campbell River a great place to raise a child.
Anyone interested in becoming a Success By 6 Circle of Champion can contact Cheryl Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.