I am, as you have likely gleaned, an emotional type of person. Quickly impassioned when things resonate with me I can get far too frustrated when people don’t share my zeal. Despite living a quiet life in a small town I am unable to think small. Ever since I first listened to the incredible Rita Chudnovsky speak of the child care crisis I have been continuously exposed to key messages that compel me to action. ( http://www.straight.com/news/rita-chudnovsky-plan-10-day-childcare-striking-chord-bc) Reading 15 x 15 by Dr. Paul Kershaw a few years back I honestly thought that was it…here it is…let’s get to work. (http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/documents/27/) Then came an incredible HELP ‘connect the dots’ conference where Dr. Hertzman spoke of epigenetics and called Canadian vulnerability ‘inexcusable’…which it is! (http://earlylearning.ubc.ca/people/Clyde_Hertzman/)
Recently I had the immense pleasure of hearing Dr. Stuart Shankar speak of the evolution of the human brain, the newly termed inter-brain and listened as he described the rampant anxiety and depression in high school students that he believes starts with a lack of connection in the early years. Take all this and add the UNICEF ranking that shows Canada at the bottom of the barrel for investing in the early years… and then… do nothing! How can we so passively ignore this and blindly assume that the kids are going to be alright?! How do I contain all this information without going NUTS?
There you have it. I have opened the top of my head and let you peek inside. Why do I do this? Because I can’t not do it. I honestly see a future when the children and families of BC are provided with the services and supports they need to succeed.