Our community: “Wonderful step” with the opening of a Métis daycare

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Good news from all over the region.

The Métis community in Greater Victoria now has a licensed child care centre.

The newly opened Island Métis Child Care Center at 1581 Church Avenue in Saanich will provide culturally safe and appropriate child care services for urban Métis and Indigenous people.

It was established by the Métis Nation British Columbia and the Island Métis Family and Community Services Society, in collaboration with the Department of Education.

Funding was provided by Employment and Social Development Canada. The Rapid Renovation funding program was used to renovate a building for the new center.

“Providing access to quality, culturally appropriate child care is vitally important to the growth of our country and is a key strategic objective of our cabinet,” said Debra Fisher, Minister of Health. education of the country. “This project is a wonderful step in the right direction for Métis families in the Greater Victoria area.

The nation signed a Métis Nation Early Learning and Child Care Accord with Canada in 2019, which supports a community-based, Métis-centred early learning and child care model.

“I am so grateful that our children have a daycare where they can be immersed in the culture and language so they can develop a strong sense of belonging and identity within the Métis community,” said Melanie Hudson. , Executive Director of Island Métis Family and Community Services Society.

Experts offer advice on rain gardens

Peninsula Streams and Shorelines is hosting a Rain Gardens for Headwaters-themed webinar symposium on June 28.

Experts will speak about rain gardens and green stormwater infrastructure, including approaches to designing and building rain gardens and how residents and local politicians can support and scale implementation. work.

Participation is free but registration is compulsory. The event is on Zoom and starts at 5 p.m. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email explaining how to join the webinar.

For more information, visit peninsulastreams.ca.

Saanich student chosen for memorial scholarship

Tahlia Cook, a student from Saanich School District No. 63, was chosen to be the first recipient of the Nils Jensen Memorial Scholarship.

Established by the Capital Regional District, the $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to local school districts on a rotating basis.

Participating high school principals will recommend a student based on financial need and interest in environmental protection or water safety.

Jensen, who died in 2019 at age 69 after a battle with cancer, served on the Oak Bay City Council for 15 years. He became Mayor of Oak Bay in 2011, a position he held until 2018. He also served as Chairman of the Board of CRD and Chairman of the Regional Water Supply Commission for 12 years.

“Nils had a passion for environmental protection and water security and spent his life serving his community,” said Jean Jensen, his wife.

“I am pleased to be able to honor his memory with the establishment of this scholarship fund to help students with similar interests pursue their goals.”

Jensen was instrumental in spearheading the lifting of the Sooke Dam in 2002, nearly doubling the capacity of the Sooke Reservoir. He also supported the purchase of the Leech Water Supply Area, which protects and secures the region’s drinking water supply for a long time.

Miracle on the Mountain raises money for hospitals

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation hosted more than 280 community leaders at the sold-out Miracle on the Mountain Gala and raised more than $430,000 to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment for Victoria General Hospital.

The event at the newly renovated Westin Bear Mountain Resort on May 28 marked the foundation’s first gala on the West Rim.

Funds raised will be used to purchase a $318,000 O-Arm Imaging System for Victoria General Hospital and other priority needs identified through the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Emerge Stronger campaign .

“Our hospitals serve all of us on Vancouver Island,” said Avery Brohman, CEO of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous spirit of our West Bank communities and thrilled to have a new opportunity for our supporters to stand alongside care teams and help our hospitals emerge stronger from the impacts of the pandemic and beyond.

“Our Miracle on the Mountain Gala was a testament to the power of our local communities, united to shape the future of Island healthcare.

The evening included tributes to hospital teams in recognition of their efforts to serve communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a four-course dinner, performances and silent, live auctions. Guests heard testimonials from local healthcare teams and grateful patients, including a woman whose life-changing surgery was powered by the Island’s first and only O-Arm Neurosurgical Imaging System.

Since its launch in October 2021, more than 2,800 donors have raised more than $4 million toward the campaign’s $10 million goal. The foundation’s signature gala, Visions, returns November 19. To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, go to victoriahf.ca/visions or call 250-519-1750.

Library wall graphic pays homage to black pioneers

The Greater Victoria Public Library has a new wall chart that tells the story of black pioneers and their importance in Canada’s multicultural society.

The permanent graphic, BC Black Pioneers: Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada, was unveiled at the sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay branch on June 11. The graphic, in the Mifflin Wistar Gibbs Study Room, provides a local link to the permanent exhibit, designed by the library, developed by the British Columbia Black History Awareness Society and hosted by Digital Museums Canada.

“We were honored to be asked to support the BC Black Pioneers Community Stories initiative by providing a permanent space to display a promotional wall graphic for the exhibit,” said Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library..

“This exhibit, curated by Digital Museums Canada, helps us understand the stories of those who have changed our world in positive ways. Celebrating their accomplishments helps us better manage the privileges we have earned through their accomplishments and sacrifices. »

The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society has signed a Community Stories Agreement with the Canadian Museum of History as part of a federal government investment program that enables community organizations to develop bilingual online exhibits focused on the community. The BC Black Pioneers exhibit features 20 stories, nine videos and 86 gallery items including images, photographs, maps and documents.

“It makes me happy to know that the Greater Victoria Public Library is making history by giving this exhibit a permanent home, where the history of British Columbia’s Black pioneers in this province will be more accessible to anyone who visit this library,” said Silvia Mangue Alene. , president of the British Columbia Black History Awareness Society.

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