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Date: April 15, 2003

How to succeed in childhood

“Giving Children What They Need to Succeed” will be master storyteller and child educator Keith Pattinson’s keynote address at the Making Tomorrow Conference for parents and child educators on May 3 at UVic. According to Pattinson, there are 40 “developmental assets” that describe the opportunities, skills, relationships, values, and self-perceptions that all children need in order to have a happy and successful adulthood.

Pattinson’s enlightening keynote kicks off a day of more than 30 workshops on a wide range of topics, including how to design a lasting co-parenting agreement, dealing with bullying and harassment, and techniques to help children maintain a strong sense of self-worth and self-respect.

UVic faculty members Dr. Werner Liedtke (education), will discuss playing simple thinking games with children, and Dr. Eileen Van Der Flier-Keller (school of earth and ocean sciences), author of the South Vancouver Island Earth Science Fun Guide, will talk about “Earth Sciences for Kids.”

The 26th annual conference is sponsored by the Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association (VICPA) in cooperation with UVic’s school of child and youth care.

The deadline for registration is April 22. Conference fees are $35 per person (VICPA members/early childhood education students), $45 (non-members), $50 per couple (VICPA members) and $65 per couple (non-members). This includes the keynote address, two workshops, lunch, refreshments, and parking. Registration forms are available at local libraries, recreation centres, Vancouver Island Cooperative Association preschools, online at www.vicpa.org/mtc.html or by phoning Sue Wallace at (250) 656-9110, e-mail registrar@devocean.com.
Media contacts:
Janet Johnson at (250) 477-5200
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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