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Tuesday July 12th, 2022 Sessions

Opening Ceremonies

8:45 – 11:00 am CST / 9:45 - 12:00 pm EST

Opening with Tanya Jones, RECE

Marion Wapioke – Hand Drumming

Keynote: Dr. Jean Clinton

Mid Day Sessions

12:00-1:00 pm CST / 1:00-2:00 pm EST

One of the comments received after a conference is the need to have opportunities for networking. Networking is great for sharing ideas and knowledge. Whether it’s asking for feedback or discussing your point of view, it will help expand your knowledge and allow you to see things from another perspective.

The planning committee has built into the schedule this midday session for networking. (Bring your lunch with you!)

Chitchatting with Leadership hosted by Eugema Ings, Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon,

Chitchatting with Resource Consultants hosted by Jessica Harvey, Early Childhood Development Centre

Chitchatting with Frontline Educators hosted by Marilyn Leaske, Sabitise Vision

Learning through Relationships

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm CST / 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm EST

Learning through Relationships continuing a deeper understanding of How Does Learning Happen, Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

When we set out and act on a strong image of children, families and educators as capable, competent of complex thinking and rich in potential this will make a difference in what happens in early year’s settings no matter what age group of children you work with, their culture or ethnic background. We are more likely to deliver programs and services that value and build on strengths and abilities. Together we will explore and engage in conversation on how is this reflected in your image of the child? How are families and educators apart of this shared understanding? What is the impact and value of documenting our experiences with children and their families? Do we make this visible to the children and their families? These are some of the questions we will consider and collaborate on during our time together.

Speaker: Kelly Massaro-Joblin, Early Years Consultant

Importance of Attachment

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm CST / 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm EST

When we think of mental health, we normally think of youth and adults. Mental health in infants and young children is just as important, if not more. In a child’s first 5 years, secure attachment is the foundation that supports skill building. When a child has formed a strong attachment to their primary caregiver, it provides a template for future relationships. In order for a child to thrive and grow, we must form a strong attachment to build valuable relationships.

Speaker: Michelle McMahon, RECE

Nutrition, Mood, Behaviour

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm CST / 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm EST

This presentation will look at the connection between the food we eat and our mood, behaviours and our mental health. We will look at nutrition such as iron, omega 3, zinc, magnesium and Vitamin B6. The connection between our gut’s health, probiotics and our brain’s health will be discussed. We will end with talking about the stress some people may experience when they consume high levels of caffeine and alcohol.

Speaker: Melissa Payne, RD, B.S.A Diabetes Educator, Registered Dietitian

Tips and Tools for the Preschool Years: Creating a Language Rich Environment

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm CST / 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm EST

This presentation will provide preschool educators with the tools necessary to support speech and language skills in the classroom or centre.

Speaker: Kate Norman, M.A. CCC-SLP Speech Language Pathologist Reg. CASLPO

 

Tiktok Challenge hosted by Native Pool Boy from Thunder Bay, ON

5:00 – 6:00 pm CST / 6:00 – 7:00 pm EST

Come out and have some fun!! The Thunder Bay Region FN Early Years Mentors is hosting a Tiktok Challenge! Join in the fun!

How: Submit a 30 to 60 second video of you and your staff performing an act!

Where: A staff member or supervisor can host an evening where you can rehearse and produce your video!

What’s An Act: It could be just about anything but the most popular ones usually involve singing, lip syncing, dancing, exercise moves!

What to wear: You don’t have to show your face! Wear masks or costumes!

Prizes and more prizes: You can win a prize for attending, or for submitting a video whether it be the funniest, or the scariest or a solo video or for having the most staff involved. These are just a few of the ways you and your program can have a chance to win fantastic prizes!!!

Tiktok Challenge Poster (12 downloads)

Native Pool Boy also known as Sean Morriseau is an Indigenous content creator from Fort William First Nation, Robinson-Superior Treaty. He uses social media to express himself through his content and captivates his audience with funny yet relatable topics and situations. Also being a big advocate on mental health he believes that laughter is good medicine and hopes to bring light to topics that are sometimes hard to discuss. Sean focuses on inspiring others through comedy skits and stories that engage his audience in a way that makes them feel connected and welcomed. Sean also hopes to help others break out of their comfort zones and follow their dreams.