TORONTO, June 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Premier Christy Clark and Mary Gordon, Founder/President of Roots of Empathy will honour the babies and families who have volunteered in Vancouver classrooms to bring Roots of Empathy to children across the Vancouver School Board.
|What|| Celebrating the work of Roots of Empathy babies, the world's youngest educators. These
"Tiny Teachers" are the key to the program, recognized as Canada's top social innovation in
2011 by the Ernest C. Manning Awards. Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom
program that reduces levels of aggression - including bullying - among school children while
raising social and emotional competence and increasing empathy. Roots of Empathy is
pleased to be in 357 classrooms in British Columbia, and is excited to introduce 80 more
programs in Full-day Kindergarten classes in the new school year.
|Where|| The Joyce Walley Learning Centre at The Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
|When|| Tuesday, June 12, 2012
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*** Photo opportunity of Roots of Empathy babies at approximately 12:50 p.m.
*** Photo opportunity of Speakers beginning at 1:00 p.m.
***There will be an opportunity for media to ask questions at 1:50 p.m.
| Honourable Christy Clark, Premier
Roots of Empathy Founder/President Mary Gordon
Hon. Mary McNeil Minister of Children and Family Development
Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish First Nation, to offer an opening blessing
Representatives from government, support agencies, corporate sponsors, school
principals, teachers and Roots of Empathy Mentors, Instructors and administrators.
The "tiny teachers" of the Roots of Empathy program and their dedicated parents.
|Why|| Mary Gordon, Founder/President of Roots of Empathy with Premier Christy Clark will
recognize Roots of Empathy babies and volunteers in The Vancouver School Board (VSB).
The work of the world's youngest teachers is at the heart of Roots of Empathy, a program
that aims to reduce bullying and aggression through social-emotional learning. Since early
fall, these babies have been helping to develop empathy in VSB classrooms. With the help of
the BC government, Roots of Empathy continues to grow in the province. To date, the
program has touched the lives of over 100,000 children in the province.
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