Media Advisory - Mary Gordon, President/Founder, Seeds of Empathy and Minister Reid to attend demonstration of unique children's program with parent and baby

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 31 /CNW/ -

    WHO    The Honourable Minister Linda Reid, Minister of State for Child
           Care, and Lyle Viereck, Director, Aboriginal Relations &
           Negotiations, BC Hydro will join Mary Gordon, Founder, Seeds of
           Empathy (SOE) in a Family Visit demonstration of this unique
           children's program.

    WHAT   Media are invited to the launch of the first Aboriginal SOE
           training and overall expansion of the program in British Columbia.
           The program brings a parent and baby from the community into the
           child care centre to foster social and emotional literacy and
           empathy among three-to-five-year-old children. The program also
           promotes early literacy skills and attitudes in children while
           providing professional development for their Early Childhood

           The Ministry of Children and Family Development is supporting the
           first Aboriginal training for SOE along with our new partner, BC
           Hydro. Both are committed to supporting Aboriginal children and
           communities throughout the province.

           Seeds of Empathy's mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil
           societies through the development of empathy in children and
           adults. The program seeks to change the world, child by child - a
           unique program where the baby is the "teacher".

    WHERE  Seeds of Empathy Aboriginal Training
           Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel
           3500 Cessna Dr., Richmond, BC

    WHEN   10:15 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 3, 2008

For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Barrett, Provincial Coordinator, Seeds
of Empathy,, tel. (604) 551-4393,; Stefanie Di Risio, Director Communications, Roots of
Empathy,, tel. (416) 202-7891

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