Video / Discussion Group for Parents – October 19 & 26

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“In a world of increasing cultural chaos, a consciousness of attachment is probably the most important knowledge a parent could possess”  
G. Neufeld

Relationship and connection with caring adults are what matter most in building confidence, empathy, resilience and well being in children.

Parents, grandparents and anyone who works with children (birth to teen) is invited to this video presentation and discussion. 

Relationship Matters
Saturdays, October 19 & 26
10:30 am – 12:30pm
Pioneer Room Manson’s Hall 
$20/family/session
Childcare by donation. Please pre-register. 
Info & Registration: cortesfsc@gmail.com

Strong trusting relationships give adults the power to parent and teach children. Our confidence to guide and lead the children in our lives depends on their attachment to us. We have to matter… more than peers and more than pop culture. The foundation of confidence, empathy and resilience in children is built on deep caring connections with adults in family, school and community. How can we best put our focus on what matters most? What choices can we make to align with our deepest understandings of the needs of children?

In these 2 video sessions Gordon Neufeld gives an introduction to his relational/developmental approach to parenting. We will watch the videos together and have time to discuss the material and bring it into the context of our lives.

These sessions will bring insight into aggression, tantrums and oppositional behaviour, discipline practices, challenges with food, separation anxiety, peer attachments and support for co-parenting after divorce.

The discussion will be led by Dayna Davis, B.Ed., Certified Neufeld Institute Course Facilitator and K-1 teacher at Cortes Island School. Dayna has worked with children for 30 years, is a parent of 2 young adults and believes that we change the world as we understand and honour children.

Sponsored by the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program.

 

 

Employment Opportunities with CCHA Youth Programs

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The CCHA Youth Programs are seeking coordinators for our after-school drop in programs. Programs start mid-September 2019, and run until June 2020.

To APPLY:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Jodi Peters by  email or hard copy.

Email: ccha.programs@gmail.com

Hard Copy: Attn: Jodi Peters – drop off at the Health Centre Front Desk.

We are currently hiring for the following three Coordinator positions:

Kids in Action Coordinator: This position is for someone who feels comfortable in a leadership role developing age appropriate programming for 7,8 and 9 year olds, and has experience directly facilitating programs for this age. This coordinator will be able to support a culture of caring, active, child-oriented, exploration and play.

This position requires a commitment of one after-school session per week, from September – June. Sessions run from 2:45 – 5pm, and coordinators also have allocated prep time hours (aprox. 5 hours/week total)

Compensation is $20/hr.

Requirements:

-Experience working with children

-Excellent communication skills

-Criminal Record check (must be completed/up to date before commencing work)

 

Adventures in Leadership Coordinator: This position is for someone who feels comfortable in a leadership role developing age appropriate programming for 10, 11 and 12 year olds, and has experience directly facilitating programs for this age. This coordinator will be able to offer participating youth an exciting and interesting weekly program focusing on skill-building and expanding their perspectives, offering youth opportunities to exercise their own leadership skills and be a positive force in their community.

This position requires a commitment of one after-school session per week, from September – June. Sessions run from 2:45 – 5pm, and coordinators also have allocated prep time hours (aprox. 5 hours/week total)

Compensation is $20/hr.

Requirements:

-Experience working with children and youth

-Excellent communication skills

-Criminal Record check (must be completed/up to date before commencing work)

 

Teen Szene Coordinator: The Teen Szene is a weekly drop-in for 13 – 17 year olds, that also hosts monthly sleepovers. The CCHA is seeking a coordinator who has a passion for working with teens, and is committed to providing teens with a positive, inclusive, inspiring space to hang out and have fun.

This position requires coordinators to facilitate hang-out space, coordinate guest facilitators to present to teens, stay overnight with teens at sleepovers, prepare meals with the teens, and take teens on off-island field trips. All sleepovers will have an additional facilitator hired to support the coordinator.

This position requires a commitment of one after-school session per week, from September – June, and also one sleepover (3pm Sat – 11am Sun) aprox. every month (with some flexibility). Sessions start at 3pm, and session times may vary depending on activities. Coordinators also have allocated prep time hours.

Compensation is $20/hr (except for sleepovers, which have a flat rate)

Requirements:

-Experience working with teenagers

-Excellent communication skills

-Criminal Record check (must be completed/up to date before commencing work)

 

Thanks for the Feedback! and Congratulations Allen and Kim Robertson!

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Thanks to all the families that filled out a feedback form. We really value your input!

And congratulations to Allen and Kim Robertson, who won the Raffle for the Cortes Natural Food Coop $30 gift card.

And thanks to the Co-op for the generous donation!

If you missed the raffle deadline, but would still like to give us feedback on the programming options, CLICK HERE to view and fill out the feedback form online.

CCHA Youth Program is finished for the season. Programs will start back up in September 2019.

Child Car Seats Available for Low-Income Families

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Thanks to the generosity of BCAA and United Way (Lower Mainland), low-income families on Cortes Island can apply to receive a free child car seat through the Cortes Community Health Association Family Support Program.
No proof of income is required. According to 2015 census data, many families of young children on Cortes have a household income well below the poverty line. 2015 Median Income for 2 parent families on Cortes Island: $47,616 gross compared to $111,736 BC median. 2015 Median Income for lone-parent families on Cortes Island: $32,683 gross compared to $51,056 BC Median.
To apply for a child car seat for your family, please complete this short application form.

Mental Health First Aid Training

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If I sprain my ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do.
If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.


If you’ve taken an emergency first aid course, you’ve learned the skills needed to help someone experiencing a sudden illness or injury. People can also experience mental health crises, and it is important that more of us know how to provide help.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course designed to give health professionals and members 
of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA is an interactive, 12 hour workshop, offered over 2 days and is being offered to health professionals and members of the public on Cortes Island. It will teach participants to recognize the signs that a person may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and how 
to provide initial help and guide the person to appropriate professional resources.

What you can expect from this course:
– Gain the confidence and skills to engage someone with an emerging mental health problem or in a mental health crisis;
– Greater recognition of mental health problems;
– Decreased stigma; and
– Improved mental health for yourself.

MHFA does not teach participants to become therapists or counsellors. Rather, it provides the skills, knowledge, and attitudes 
that allow someone to offer effective first aid intervention.

Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8, 2019
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Klahoose Multipurpose Building
1790 Tork Road, Squirrel Cove
Cost: FREE

Registration deadline is May 30, 2019. Complete registration form HERE or contact cortesfsc@gmail.com, or call 250-935-8558.

 

Family Gathering February 2

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Let’s gather to celebrate the stirrings of Spring!

Many traditions have feast days in early February, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. These include Candlemas, Chinese New Year, Chandeleur, Imbolc, Liichtmëssdag, St. Brigid’s, Fiesta de la Candelaria and even Groundhog Day.

Cortes families are invited to Linnaea Farm on Saturday, February 2 from 1 – 3pm for beeswax candle rolling and other festivities. Your ideas and volunteerism most welcome!

Date: Saturday, February 2
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Linnaea Farm, Lakeview Room
Bring: (optional) Finger-food snacks, bread or garden seeds to share