Event Overview

Join us virtually on March 1 & 2, 2022 for the Early Years Conference 2022: Disruption and Transformation, where we will reflect on and explore the important but delicate relationship between these two forces. We invite those in the early childhood development, intervention and family support fields to register today and together explore the factors impacting children’s development and family support services during this challenging time.

We are pleased to announce the conference keynotes will be provided by Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth, and Dr. Michael Ungar, Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work, Dalhousie University. We look forward to the opportunity to connect their expertise and insight to the conference theme of disruption and transformation.

Please see below for the ‘At a Glance’ Conference Program. Conference program details will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed.

Conference Program "At-a-Glance"

Event Pricing

Day 1 - Disruption

$75 per person

Day 2 - Transformation

$75 per person

Both Days

$125 per person

Learning Objectives

During the Early Years 2022 Conference, participants can expect to:

  • Review the latest evidence-based research and practice related to child development, early childhood intervention, and family support
  • Recognize the impact of disorder and disruption on children and families but also those who support them
  • Be inspired – to lead, to innovate and to bounce forward
  • Build stronger connections with peers and with the children and families they support

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth


Session Presenters

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, Offord Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University

How Families Experienced Disruption and Transformation
Perspectives from Parents of Children Who Received Services During the Pandemic
Moderated by: Mandy Young
Creativity and Innovation on the Front Line
Moderated by: Jason Gordon
Organizational Transformation in the Early Years
Embracing change to center staff wellness
Moderated by: Jason Gordon
Important Guests
Elder Doris Fox

Musqueam Nation

Shane Pointe

Musqueam Nation

EYC Co-Chairs
Diana Elliott

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

Stacey Walsh

Co-chair, MSW, Social Worker, BC Women’s Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Vancouver (Former Social Worker at Sunny Hill Health Centre at BC Children’s Hospital

Who Should Attend

This conference will be of interest to all those who work with young children and/or families, including:
  • Aboriginal/ Indigenous Early Childhood Development Professionals 
  • Administrators/Managers
  • Advocacy Organizations
  • Behavioural Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Education Assistants
  • Families
  • Family Development Workers
  • Family Resource Program Staff
  • Government Representatives
  • Infant Development Consultants
  • Infant Mental Health Professionals
  • Nurses 
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Oral Health Professionals
  • Parent Educators 
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Policy Makers
  • Pregnancy Outreach Groups
  • Program Facilitators
  • Psychologists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Researchers
  • School Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Therapists
  • Students
  • Support Workers
  • Supported Child Development Consultants
  • Teachers
  • Other

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