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Where we've been in 2008

December 2008

December 15 and 16 th, 2008 Customized Training for the transdiciplinary team at Early Childhood Resource Services—ErinoakKids, Brampton Ontario with Debra Mayer of SpeciaLink. 3 hr Social Play in Inclusive Child Care Settings December 15th. 3 hr Preschool Transitions--Preparing for Change Together. Full day: Positive Relationships with Parents. For more information, please contact Theresa Dolan Clinical Coordinator, (905) 828-3238 or tdolan@erinoakkids.ca

November 2008

November 18th-19th, 2008

Customized training for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health and Community Services.A two-day training session titled Places for All Children – How to Measure Inclusion Quality in Child Care (and Why?) with Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin of SpeciaLink. St. John’s , Newfoundland Labrador. For more information, please contact Laurel Penney Program Consultant for Inclusion, Child Care Services Phone: (709) 729-1463 or laurelpenney@gov.nl.ca

November 27, 2008 Customized training for Nova Scotia Department of Community Services Early Childhood Development Services. Policy & Program Development - Special training for Early Childhood Development Officers With Debra Mayer of SpeciaLink: Co-Creating Places for All Children Sport Nova Scotia - 5516 Spring Garden Rd. (2 nd floor) Halifax Nova Scotia For more information please contact Shelley Thompson Coordinator, Child Care Centres Policy & Program Development 902.424.5761 or THOMPSSE@gov.ns.ca

Halifax; Nova Scotia
Inclusion Visionaries:
Friday, November 28, 2008 9:00 am-12 noon
Creating a Places for All Children:
Saturday, November 29, 2008 9:00 am– 4:00 pm

Inclusion Visionaries (3 hr) is for centre Directors/Administrators ONLY.
Creating a Place for All Children (full day) is for all those working in child care centres. For more information, please contact Rhonda Rees Professional Development Coordinator Child and Youth Study Mount Saint Vincent University rhonda.rees@msvu.ca (902) 457-6313

October 2008

October 24th, 2008

First Nation Day Care Directors Workshop South Beach Casino & Resort One Ocean Drive - Scanterbury, Manitoba. A Talk About Inclusion, with Debra Mayer of SpeciaLink For more information, please contact Lianna Wanbdiska, svheadstart2005@hotmail.com

Sydney; Nova Scotia Creating a Place for All Children:
Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:00 am– 4:00 pm
Inclusion Visionaries:
Monday, October 6, 2008 9:00 am-12 noon

DEC’s 24th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families
October 27-30, 2008 at Hilton Minneapolis; Minneapolis, Minnesota.
How to Measure Inclusion Quality—and Why with Debra Mayer and
Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin
Post-conference workshop
Thursday, October 30, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

August 2008

SpeciaLink’s Early Childhood Inclusion
~ Applying Lessons Learned National Symposium ~
August 21-23, 2008 The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg MB
Download the symposium program here

Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) 37th spring conference
Entre Deux Mers*Between Two Seas, Co-sponsored by ECEBC, Canadian Child Care Federation, Ryerson University and University of Victoria School of Child and Youth Care

May 29-31, 2008
Ruth Bancroft, SpeciaLink Board Member: Put out the Welcome Mat:
The Principles and Practices of Inclusion

Early Childhood Inclusion Workshop
Featuring the SpeciaLink Practices Profile & Principles Scale with Debra Mayer
May 3, 2008
Prince Albert Travelodge – Coronet Room Prince Albert, SK

Building Inclusion Leadership.
April 18 and 19. 2008
A two-day training, co-sponsored by Partnerships for Inclusion-Nova Scotia and Early Intervention-Nova Scotia, for directors who have participated in the PFI-NS initiative over the past 5 years. Presenters: Dr. Sharon Hope Irwin, with PFI staff (Carolyn Webber, Elizabeth Hicks, Shannon Harrison, Margo Barrett and Elizabeth Macdonald).

First Provincial Aboriginal Infant Development Conference, Inclusion of Aboriginal Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Quaaout Resort & Conference Centre, Chase, BC
April 8-9, 2008
Creating a Place for All Children – Debra Mayer

East Central Alberta Child & Family Services - Region 5 hosts their 2nd Annual Early Learning and Child Care Conference. This year’s theme is “Strength in Partnerships”.
March 14th and 15th, 2008
Location: Norsemen Inn in Camrose, Alberta
Debra Mayer of SpeciaLink speaks on Inclusive Circle Time Strategies.

Inclusion in Child Care in Guelph and Wellington County
Inclusion Visionaries and Social Play in Inclusive Child Care Settings

February 28 and February 29, 2008
Debra Mayer, Director-National Centre for Child Care Inclusion
Hosted by: The Quality Child Care Initiative and Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services

Debra Mayer: Creating A Place For All Children: Measuring Inclusion Quality In Early Childhood Programs
February 26, 2008 9-4 pm
Winnipeg, Manitoba hosted by The Manitoba Child Care Association

Community Living Manitoba and the Manitoba Council for Exceptional Children co-host Manitoba’s Inclusive Education Summit
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Victoria Inn, Winnipeg MB
Debra Mayer, Director and Vic Stone

Child Care Options Resource & Referral Program
Children the Heart of the Matter 11th annual child care conference, Theme: Play Matters

February 1-2, 2008 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre Sullivan Heights Secondary School, Surrey, BC With Debra Mayer

Debra Mayer: Creating A Place For All Children: Measuring Inclusion Quality In Early Childhood Programs
January 31 – February 2, 2008
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia

Social Play in Inclusive Child Care Settings with Debra Mayer
Thursday, January 31
Location: Early Years Centre, Child Care Options, 6878 King George Highway,
Surrey, BC
Co-hosted by Child Care Options Resource & Referral Program and South Fraser Family Child Care Society


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