FVCDC and Seabird Island Band Announce New Partnership

FRASER VALLEY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE AND SEABIRD ISLAND BAND ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP BENEFITING FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre and Seabird Island Band are excited to announce a new partnership benefiting children and families in the community. While the organizations are longtime collaborators, this is their first formal partnership agreement.

“This partnership will enable us to strengthen relationships and cultural understanding, while delivering critical support to children and families in the Seabird Island community,” said Karen Dickenson Smith, executive director, Fraser Valley Child Development Centre. “It is part of our shared commitment to building healthier, more unified and inclusive communities.”

The two organizations will work together to support the delivery of culturally sensitive speech-language pathology services that enhance children’s growth, well-being, and participation.

“All children should have access to the services and supports they need,” said Carlene Brown, director of early childhood development at Seabird Island Band. “We hope to help each child reach his or her fullest potential by helping them learn the tools of effective communication.”

Seabird Island Band exists to promote a healthier, self-sufficient, self-governing, unified and educated community. We believe that a healthy community is one that has achieved physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and cultural balance. www.seabirdisland.ca

The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre’s vision is a world where all people are welcomed to participate meaningfully in family and community life. We give children the tools for individual success and helps families and caregivers better understand their child’s growth, development and learning, and strengthen community inclusion.