Parents Survey | Share Your Child's/Children's Experiences on the Rights Contained in the Children's Charter

On May 12, 2016, the Tri-Cities Children's Accord was re-affirmed in front of over 180 people at the 7th Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence Event. The signing parties, known collectively as the Early and Middle Childhood Public Partners, recognizes the importance of supporting early and middle childhood development in the Tri- Cities. Contained in the Tri-Cities Children’s Accord is the Tri-Cities Children’s Charter of Rights which outlines the 12 Rights that children ages 3-12 have identified as important for supporting their healthy development.

To assist the Early and Middle Childhood Public Partners, Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee and Tri-Cities Middle Childhood Matters Committee in our on-going efforts to make Tri-Cities a great place for children and families, we want to hear from you. By sharing your opinions through this survey, you are helping us to prioritize our efforts.
In answering the survey questions, think about your child’s/children’s experiences of growing up in the Tri-Cities.

Click here to do the survey.

Tri-Cities Children's Accord

At the May 12, 2016 Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence, we reached an important milestone with the Tri-Cities Children's Charter of Rights.  

Here's a bit of background information on the journey… 

At the 2nd Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence Event in 2011, our public partners (collectively known as Early Childhood Public Partners) signed the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Accord. This important document affirms their recognition of the importance of supporting early childhood development. The Accord has been re-affirmed each year since, at the same event.

In June 2015, at a meeting of the Early Childhood Public Partners, Susan Foster (Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Development Co-ordinator) and Angelo Lam (Tri-Cities Middle Childhood Matters Coordinator) presented the Tri-Cities Children's Charter of Rights to discuss the possibility of including the Charter in the Accord. The idea was favourably received and required some updating of the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Accord.

At the November 2015 meeting of the Early Childhood Public Partners, an updated version of the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Accord was presented by Susan and Angelo. These were the key updates:

  • The name of the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Community Accord was changed to the Tri-Cities Children's Accord.
  • The Accord now covers children ages 0-12. Previously, the Accord covered ages 0-5.
  • Signing parties are now collectively known as Early and Middle Childhood Public Partners.
  • The Tri-Cities Children Charter of Rights is now included in the Appendix.

On May 12, 2016, the Tri-Cities Children's Accord was signed in front of over 180 people at the 7th Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence Event. Since starting the Children's Charter journey on April 30, 2014, this has been a major milestone we've been focused on. This is also a new starting point for our work.

Thanks to Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights Education and The Society for Children and Youth of BC for their expertise and on-going support of our work. 

Thanks to all of the Early and Middle Childhood Public Partner (listed below) for agreeing that the Early and Middle Childhood Years (birth to 12 years) are critical in the healthy development and future well-being of children in our communities.

  • Fraser Health Authority (Public Health), Tri-Cities
  • Ministry of Children & Family Development, Tri-Cities
  • Board of Education, School District #43, Coquitlam
  • Village of Anmore
  • Village of Belcarra
  • City of Coquitlam
  • City of Port Coquitlam
  • City of Port Moody
  • Coquitlam Public Library
  • Port Moody Public Library
  • Terry Fox Library, a member of Fraser Valley Regional Library
  • United Way of the Lower Mainland

Update About The Charter Coming Later This Week

There is a lot of work being done related to the Tri-Cities Children's Charter, but we've been holding off on any announcements until our next big milestone. We're happy to let you know that we're just about there. Check back later this week and find out the latest development with the Tri-Cities Children's Charter!

Draft of the Tri-Cities Children's Charter of Rights

On May 21, 2015 the draft of the Tri-Cities Children's Charter of Rights was unveiled at the Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence Event. Special thanks to Mackenna Koronko and Will Feaver for all their work introducing the Charter to over 200 people that were in attendance. They did a fantastic presentation!

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There were hundreds of students and children from throughout the community that contributed to the creation of this Charter plus we had incredible support from all of our fantastic community partners. It's been an exciting journey so far and you can look back on it through out photo gallery

The voices of children helped to create the Charter and will continue to play an important role as we look ahead to the next steps. There will be a lot more exciting developments to come!

Gathering The Voices of Children Ages 3-5

During the months of January to March, members of the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee developed and distributed a Child's Rights Kit to a variety of Tri-Cities programs to gather the voices of children ages 3-5 on what they need to grow up happy and healthy.

Included in the kit is the book Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.

During the month of April, we will be be combining the voices of the younger children with what was gathered at November's Tri-Cities Kids Conference to create the initial draft of a Tri-Cities Children's Charter of Rights. This draft will be made public on May 21, 2015 at the 6th Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Children Awards of Excellence Event and posted on this website soon after.

Stay tuned for more! 

TCKC 2014 | Themes from Kids Voices

At the final session on the day of Tri-Cities Kids Conference 2014, students were given the opportunity to voice what was most important to them after experiencing a day full of rights-focused activities and discussions.

Students wrote their thoughts about "What was most important to them?" on coloured plastic balls ("Rights Bubbles") and created posters about their neighbourhoods (What makes you happy about your neighbourhood? What makes you sad about your neighbourhood). Here are the themes (with some examples of what students wrote) that came from of all their voices...

To Have a Voice
"Children should be heard"

To Be Loved and Have A Family
"I like my family because they are here for me"
"I love my family because they help and take care of me"
"I love that I have a supportive family" 
"My home because my family lives there"

To Have Friends
"I like where I live because I have good friends"
"I feel happy because my friends help me"
"I have great friends"

To Belong
"I love my school + home because I feel happy at both places.
"I love my neighbour’s house because she plays with me"

To Have Peace and Safety
"I don't like streets because cars can hit you"
"I don’t feel safe walking on the street or parking lot because I might get hit"
"I don’t feel safe with bullys!"
"Coquitlam overall is a safe place to live"
"It is peaceful and safe"
"I feel free and safe because I know that I have peace"

To Have a Clean Environment
"I love where I live because the water is clean"
"There is a lot of nature"
"I like trees"
"Fresh air"
"I like living in my area because its nice, quiet, and natural"
"Great view, lush"

To Have a Home
"I like home because it is safe"

To Have Space for Recreation and Play
"Swimming Pool"
"Shoot my bow and arrow"
"Lots of soccer field"
"I love my community because I can participate in many activities"

Education
"School"
"Principal"
"Teacher"
"I like being able to have education"

To Be Respected
"I like where I live because it is quiet, my rights are respected"
"Adults that respect me"
"I am respected and when I have a problem, my family will help"

Tri-Cities Kids Conference | We'd Like Your Feedback

Knowing more about your experiences at the November 20th Tri-Cities Kids Conference will help us plan for future events. A simple online survey has been created so that you can share your event experiences with the conference planning committee. We'd love to hear from you.

Click Here to start the survey.

Thank you for your feedback!

 

Tri-Cities Kids Conference | An Amazing Event

The 2014 Tri-Cities Kids Conference was a huge success! 

Participants at this high energy conference learned a lot about child rights and will be returning to their school as "Rights Champions". 

This event could not have happened without the best team of volunteer facilitators ever ("Our Superheroes In Orange") and a planning committee full of superstars. 

Best Team Of Volunteer Facilitators Ever

Hannah Shariati; Dayna Morrison; Amie Gibbs; Jacky Liu; Alfrey Chan; James Tang; Ian Mojares; Theodora Bors; Travis Tricker; Wendy Fan; Michelle Knoll; Angelina Brown; Taylor Assels; Noah Shukyn; Lisa Biscaro; Yuna Park; Noorain Ibrahim; Matt Poole; Eva Hanelt; Mackenna Koronko; Will Feaver; Sadi McDonagh; Mina Labani; Tabi Brunner; Brianagh O'Driscoll; Amber Hanna; Sabrina Hustins; Alexandra Storry; Ariana Kazimi.

Incredible Trainers For Our Volunteer Facilitators

Angie Mapara Osachoff (Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights); Tyler Kretzschmar (Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights).

Superstar Planning Committee

Angie Mapara Osachoff (Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights); Anique Ross (Society for Children and Youth of BC); Eva Hanelt (Student - Montgomery Middle School); Jamie Neill (Society for Children and Youth of BC); Janis Dancs (City of Port Coquitlam - Children Services); Jeff Stromgren (School District 43); Jennifer Fox (Human Early Learning Partnership - UBC); Luke Balson (Place Maillardville): Makenna Koronko (Student - Montgomery Middle School): Michael Fox (City of Coquitlam); Noah Shukyn (Student); Sarina Mawji (City of Port Coquitlam - Children Services); Susan Foster (Early Childhood Development Committee); Tanis Becker (Step-By-Step); Tyler Kretzschmar (Equitas - International Centre for Human Rights); Will Feaver (Student - Montgomery Middle School).  

Support From Business

Subway SF Group; Pasta Polo

Be be sure to check out our event photo gallery. We have a lot of photos and will be adding to the gallery in the coming weeks.  

 

It's The Day Before The Kids Conference | A Few Notes

Our group of outstanding volunteer conference facilitators completed their preparations last night. Angie and Tyler from Equitas have been amazing in their training and support of the volunteers. Their hard work and enthusiasm have definitely spread to all the volunteers so expect a high energy Kids Conference.


A special "Thank you!" to Harj Sekhon and his team at Subway SF Group for donating 45 delicious lunch boxes to feed our hungry volunteers yesterday. Your generosity fueled all our volunteers during a busy afternoon and evening of final preparations. It was a truly great "Sub-Day!"

Kids Conference Logo

Here's our logo. Special thanks to the graphic designer from the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC for all the hard work.

Kids Conference Update | Our Growing List of Participating Schools

Here is an alphabetical list of the schools from SD43 that have confirmed their participation in the Tri-Cities Kids Conference:

  • Alderson Elementary School
  • Baker Drive Elementary School
  • Birchland Elementary School
  • Blakeburn Elementary School
  • Banting Middle School
  • Como Lake Elementary School
  • Coquitlam River Elementary School
  • Glenayre Elementary School
  • Heritage Mountain Elementary School
  • Maillard Middle School
  • Maple Creek Middle School
  • Montgomery Middle School
  • Mundy Road Elementary School
  • Nestor Elementary School
  • Rochester Elementary School
  • Summit Middle School
  • Westwood Elementary School

Be sure to check back here soon to see if your school is also participating.

Tri-Cities Kids Conference | November 20, 2014

“Pass it On! Be a Rights Champion” - The First Ever Tri-Cities Kids Conference!!

 

What is the Tri-Cities Kids Conference?

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters Committees will be hosting this conference with the theme: “Pass it On! Be a Rights Champion.” This conference is one of a series of steps in a larger process that will result in the creation of a Tri-Cities Children’s Charter. The Charter is a community commitment to upholding children’s rights as they have been expressed and reflected upon by children themselves.  

Conference Goals

The children who attend this conference will develop leadership skills while building upon their knowledge of children’s rights. They will leave the conference with the ability to act as ambassadors in your school and within the Tri-Cities community. As part of the learning at the conference, students will be encouraged to take action to promote the rights and responsibilities of children. This may involve sharing what they have learned with their peers; be it through a presentation in an assembly, a write-up for the school newspaper, a piece of artwork or print resource, or any other ideas they may have for on-going projects.

Who is Organizing the Conference?

The conference is being organized by the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development and Middle Childhood Matters Committees in partnership with School District 43Pinetree Community Centre, City of Port Coquitlam - Children Services, Equitas-International Centre for Human Rights Education, The Society for Children and Youth of BC and The Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC. Children from Tri-Cities schools have also been heavily involved in the planning process and will be volunteering as facilitators for this conference. 

Event Day Details:

Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam    
Lunch: Pasta