Regional Coordinator & Regional Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator
Heather Adamson (Clearwater)
Merritt: Tammy Martin firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Mile House: Erica Henderson email@example.com
Community Aboriginal Engagement Coordinators
North Thompson: Cindy Wilgosh firstname.lastname@example.org
Canim Lake Band: Tami Archie email@example.com
Children First Community Coordinators
Communities We Serve
70 Mile House, 100 Mile House, 108 Mile Ranch, 150 Mile House, Alexis Creek, Alkali Lake, Anahim Lake, Avola, Barriere, Birch Island, Blue River, Bridge Lake, Buffalo Creek, Canim Lake Band, ChuChua, Clearwater, Darfield, Dog Creek/Canoe Creek, Forest Grove, Horsefly, Horse Lake, Kamloops, Lac La Hache, Lillooet, Little Fort, Logan Lake, Louis Creek, Lower Nicola, Lytton, McClure, Merritt, Quilchena, Redstone, Soda Creek, Sugarcane, Upper Nicola, Vavenby, Williams Lake
Supporting Children & Families in the Thompson Nicola Cariboo Region
Williams Lake - Last year we funded a greenhouse and garden for a Headstart program in an outlying First Nations community. At a recent visit we got to see the harvested garden/greenhouse, hear about the children who helped plant, tend and harvest it. There were a steady stream of community members coming in for the beautiful turnips, potatoes and carrots set out for people to take!
Merritt - Each year our Mainstream and Aboriginal Early Years tables join forces to put on our annual Health Fair for children birth to 6 years of age. Booths from all of our early childhood development and health programs are set up and provide information and handouts. 3 year olds receive vision and hearing screening at the fair and there are healthy snacks, fun activities and lunch provided for over 200 families that attend.
Clearwater - We host an annual event celebrating the babies born in our community from the previous year. Gift bags, lunch and guest speakers round out this highly enjoyed and anticipated community event.
Barriere - Success By 6 in Barriere partners with the local RCMP and Emergency Services to host an annual Bike Rodeo. This past year, we also partnered with the Barriere Legion and held the event in conjunction with their family day picnic in the park. There was live entertainment, face painting, free BBQ lunch and refreshments, a bouncy castle and much more for the over 200 people who attended.
100 Mile House - Success by 6 in 100 Mile partners with Dads-n-Tots and the School District to offer the annual year end Dads-n-Tots StrongStart party. Over two hundred families attend the event and fine/gross motor activity stations are enjoyed by all.
North Thompson Aboriginal Engagement - One of our most important and rewarding programs for Aboriginal Engagement in the North Thompson Valley is our Connection Circles, utilizing the Granny and Grandpa Connections Box resource. The Connection Circles are a learning resource aimed at raising awareness of the importance of the early years through the belief, understanding and teaching that culture and language is the foundation for young Aboriginal children’s development. In addition, it emphasizes the roles of grandparents and elders in raising children and supporting parents and their families. The Circles have been instrumental in helping to share the diverse Aboriginal cultural knowledge in our valley.