KIDCARECANADA Society held its Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2018. Congratulations and thanks to the following board members who were elected: Mr. Carl Nilsen, President Ms. Heather McQueen, Vice-president Mr. Kevin Koch, Treasurer Ms. Mary Ann Cummings, Secretary Dr. Helen Burt, Director at large Ms. Estelle Paget, Director at large Dr. Andrew Macnab, Director at large
We thank three board members who are officially stepping down from their director role for their outstanding service since the inception of KIDCARECANADA Society – Ms. Susan Evans, Dr. Tisha Gangopadhyay and Ms. Sally Geller. They are not going far. Susan Evans will be taking on additional grandmother duties, including to her daughter, Katherine Evans, a soon-to-be mother. Katherine Evans is a consultant in brand and culture management, people development and marketing and has agreed to become an Advisor to KIDCARECANADA. Dr. Tisha Gangopadhyay will remain a valued source of inspiration and knowledge from her perspective as a working psychologist and in her new role with KIDCARECANADA as Advisor. As for Sally Geller, she can be counted on to continue as an active supporter and enthusiastic volunteer to KIDCARECANADA on an as-needed basis. To each of these long-standing board members we express our heartfelt thanks and wish them happiness and luck in their new roles.
Thank you to all the members of KIDCARECANADA who attended the AGM, voted in the board and shared their enthusiasm and appreciation for the work of the board members.
Dr. Janet Werker, world-renowned for her work in language acquisition, held KIDCARECANADA members spellbound with her talk, “Language Acquisition Begins Long Before the First Word” at our May 27 Annual General Meeting. “Spoken language makes us human. It allows the level of complexity of ideas we can share.”
From there, Dr. Werker explained what everyone can do to ensure optimal language acquisition and the benefits to each child of doing this. “Language acquisition begins really, really early!” stressed Dr. Werker. Even babies who cannot hear get the rhythmical characteristics of language in utero through mum’s diaphragm when she speaks. “We now know that babies as young as 6 months understand spoken language and seem to be putting it in categories.”
Dr. Werker’s friendly and approachable explanations belie her remarkable qualifications. To name only a few, she is a Psychology Professor at UBC where she is University Killam Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Psychology, a developmental psychologist, Director of the Infant Studies Centre, and co-Director of the Language Sciences Initiative. In December 2017 Dr. Werker was awarded Officer, Order of Canada, for her “Outstanding achievement. Dedication to the community. Service to the nation.” We at KIDCARECANADA have been direct benefactors of Dr. Werker’s dedication and service since the early days of our work and we heartily thank her for attending our AGM and keeping us enthralled as we learned more about language and how the words in our ABC’s for New Parents book provide helpful guidance for parents.
If you wish to support the work we are doing at KIDCARECANADA, please know that every amount, no matter how small, is helpful! Right now, CanadaHelps is running “the Great Canadian Giving Challenge”. Every dollar donated to KIDCARECANADA, using CanadaHelps, automatically earn us the chance to win $10,000. Simply make your donation online by using the donate button on our website: http://www.kidcarecanada.org/donations . Kindly note: donations of $20 or more receive a charitable tax receipt.
With sincere thanks to Dr. Werker and again, to all of the members who attended our AGM,