With so many events going on at this time of year it never ceases to amaze me how people in our community make that extra effort to support the many causes that are out there (even despite the terrible weather we’ve been having!). National Child Day was no exception.
Last week was an amazing week; I got to meet so many wonderful people and play with tons of cute little kids and babies! (They even let me hold a newborn for some practice). Success By 6® celebrated Edmonton’s children by presenting over 100 families from the Health for Two programs with National Child Day baby sleepers, as a reminder of Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Health for Two is an excellent program that provides health information, food supplements and support to at-risk women during their pregnancy and following birth of their baby. Women in the program often have concerns such as teen pregnancy, low income, smoking, inadequate nutrition, substance use, or safe relationships. A big thank you to Minister of Education Dave Hancock and Minister Heather Klimchuk, MLA for Edmonton-Glenora, who helped present baby sleepers to moms and dads at the Jasper Place Health and Wellness Centre Health for Two program last Thursday.
Success By 6® also teamed up once again with the City of Edmonton’s Child Friendly initiative to host an event at the Whitemud Crossing Library on Saturday. The event was definitely a hit with the kids, who got to sing and dance with library staff Dave and Rachel. Mayor Stephen Mandel was there to proclaim National Child Day and share in the fun. Edmonton City Councilor Kim Krushell and Success By 6®’s chair, Christopher Smith read some stories to an enthusiatic group of children. Councilor Don Iveson even brought his young son to celebrate the day. As mayor Mandel said, "Our young people are the future of this city. Events like this recognize the vital importance of creating a community where children are valued, nurtured, and given opportunities to reach their full potential."
Thank you to everyone who helped make National Child Day a success. Even though the activities have wrapped up for another year, please remember that children need our love, encouragement and respect every day – not just on National Child Day, and we each have a role to play!
Angela Wilson is a Communications Specialist with Success By 6® Edmonton.