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A letter from the Early Years Conference Co-Chairs

Dear Colleague,

It is difficult to believe it has been almost two years since our last Early Years Conference.
Like many of you, we have both witnessed and experienced incredible change in that time.

The Early Years Conference planning committee has vivid memories of convening in large groups, in person, laughing and learning together. And, like many of you, we were hopeful that the pandemic would pass quickly and we could meet again in person in 2022.

Unfortunately this will not happen. But, as we have all been doing since March 2020, we are adapting and transforming. Our goals are to bring you relevant, informative information for your professional practice and as much of an “in person” experience as we can virtually. It does mean things are different but different brings opportunity. We can promise we will once again lead the field of professional development in early childhood development, early childhood intervention, and family support.

We want to thank everyone for their commitment to the children and families they support. And also for holding up their colleagues and communities through these difficult times.

We also want to thank the team at UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education for their years of commitment to the conference and creating a truly unique and amazing space for the early childhood sector to learn and share together.

We are hopeful to see you in person again in 2024 but until then – we look forward to seeing you virtually on March 1st and 2nd.

Sincerely,

Stacey Walsh
Co-Chair, MSW, Social Worker, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Diana Elliott
Co-Chair, Provincial Advisor, Aboriginal Infant Development Programs, Victoria, BC

The EYC Planning Committee

Diana Elliott
Co-Chair, Provincial Advisor, Aboriginal Infant Development Programs, Victoria, BC

Stacey Walsh
Co-Chair, MSW, Social Worker, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Yvette Bolduc
Advisor, Training Coordinator, Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia, Prince George, BC

Dr. Shannon Bredin
Associate Professor, Associate Director Undergraduate Affairs, School of Kinesiology, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Dana Brynelsen
Community Representative; Former Provincial Advisor, Infant Development Program of BC, Retired, Halfmoon Bay, BC

Kate Buium
Early Years Knowledge-to-Action Lead, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Jason Gordon
Provincial Advocate, BC Association of Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI), Kelowna, BC

Dr. Laurie Ford
Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, SACP Admissions Coordinator, SACP Director of Training, Director, Early Childhood Education, Vancouver, BC

Sally McBride
Knowledge-to-Action (K2A) Manager, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Amy Mullis
Strategic Communications Lead, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Joanne Schroeder
Director, External Partnerships (Interim), Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Comox, BC

Mary Stewart
MA, Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC; Instructor, Early Learning and Child Care Program, NorQuest College, Edmonton, AB

Michele Tardif
BA, Supervisor, Sources Infant Development Program, Surrey, BC

Lynne Tomlinson
Assistant Dean, Professional Development and Community Engagement, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Mandy Young
Provincial Community Engagement Coordinator, Family Support Institute of BC; President, BC Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, New Westminster, BC

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