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September 2014 Front PageThis section includes all of the news items in our monthly newsletter, and then some!

September 2014 Newsletter

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September 2014 Colour  (1.1 MB).

Triple P Parenting Workshop

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What is Triple P?

Triple P suggests simple routines and small changes that can make a big difference to your family. It helps you understand the way your family works and uses the things you already say, think, feel and do in new ways that:

  • Create a stable, supportive and harmonious family
  • Encourage behaviour you like
  • Deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behaviour
  • Build positive relationships with your children, so that conflict can be resolved
  • Plan ahead to avoid or manage potentially difficult situations
  • Take care of yourself as a parent.


From the Community Health Nurse

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GALS group:

GALS group runs every Wednesday afternoon from 3:15 to 5:30.

We will be having our year end wrap up on the 26th of June. All girls ages 16-19 are welcome to attend.

Meal Bags:

The meal bag program continues to be run twice a month. We alternate day time and evening sessions. Please enquire at the front desk to sign up for either monthly session. By attending these sessions you will also be eligible for a good food bag.

Adult/Elder’s swim:

Our community now has access to a bus for transportation to and from swimming. On Wednesdays from 10-12 the bus will be available to take you to and from Panorama pool. Please call Health Reception at 250-652-1149 to book your ride.


I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House

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I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House

Tsawout Learning House participants thoroughly enjoyed recreational activities arranged by Bonnie Joe. Panorama Swim Lessons for registered students were a “SPLASH!” Thank you Bonnie and Anthony Sam, Matthew Smith, Bobbie Sylvester and Kevin Wilson for overseeing the children at the pool. By the end of the swim sessions many children learned how to swim.

The majority of the cultural activities planned through funds available from the Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Healing Fund have been completed. The month of May included GALS Group-Loom Beading with Adelynne Claxton, Salish Weaving of headbands and wristbands with Iona Mishael for all students and SENĆOŦEN Lessons by Ivy Seward and Gail Sam for all students. Thirty Looms were designed for Learning House by Peter Adams, and then 10 students and 2 staff participated in Salish Loom Weaving lessons with Elders: May Sam, Lavina Olsen and Iona Mishael. John Sampson Jr. with the support of staff and volunteers helped teach 30 students to make their own 8” hand drum. Once the students received their drums, Toby Joseph, attended Learning House to sing and drum with all the students. Anna Walkus continues to provide Cultural Activities for Learning House students 3 times a week. Most students took home beaded necklaces for Mother’s Day gifts. In collaborating with KELSET Elementary School, Anna Walkus also shared this lesson with a class of 30 grade 5 students.


Head Start Activities June 2013

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We will take a break in June from our Trinity Time outings and meet after the summer holidays. Thank you to our senior volunteers for a wonderful time sharing their delicious recipes, making eye glass necklaces and honouring our fathers, grandfathers, and uncles.

The Triple PPP – Power of Positive Parenting Workshop concluded early with 8 parents receiving their certificate for completion! We concluded with a Family Night and had so much fun making time out bottles, painting, fruit kabobs, and edible peanut butter play dough. Our next evening parent workshop will be in September – called “Nurturing Relationships.” This is a very good workshop for couples any age to sign up for! Look for advertisement in August newsletter.


Head Start Play Groups will meet on June 6th & 20th with Rachael Greene from Victoria Native Friendship Centre from 10:30a.m. – 12p.m., lunch included.

Prenatal Classes will start on Mondays in the afternoon from 3 – 4:30 pm in the Head Start Centre. Topics will include preparing for baby delivery in hospital & when baby comes home; breast feeding support. Good Fruit Bags will be ordering for attending.

G.A.L.S. Group enjoyed learning to bead on loom with Adeline Claxton. Next we’ll learn from Tabitha how to bead hoop earrings! If you’re 15 years & up please join us on Wednesdays. We meet in Old Councel Chambers from 3 - 5:30 pm.


XE, NE, SEN Daycare June 2013

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Hello, Here at the centre we are getting ready for the summer and looking forward to going for walks and enjoying the warm weather. With the change in the weather we are asking parents to please check your child’s supplies at the daycare. Just to make sure all of the clothing still fits and is appropriate for the weather. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure their child has all supplies needed in the centre.

All of the daycare staff attended the Early Childhood Educators of BC conference in Richmond at the beginning of the May. We all attended workshops ranging from “Circle time tool box” to “Supporting the Work of ECE’s: The Roles of ECEBC and Government” the conference is not only important for the teachers to attend, but we learn new information in the field, and meet other colleagues as well.

The children enjoy seeing everyone when they go out for walks and look forward to the warm weather. We would like to welcome any volunteer elders to come in and tell the children stories, share values and language.

Thank you to everyone for your support in keeping our centre strong for the children.



How the E.R. Works

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Your Health Directors/CHRs/Nurses have asked me to explain the process the Emergency Room uses for screening people’s needs and urgency for seeing a doctor.

The first person you see is the Unit Clerk who asks you to fill out a short form about why you’ve come to Emergency. Then you’re asked to go sit down in the waiting room.

The next person you see is a nurse. This will be a medical assessment of your condition and you’ll be asked for some health history. The timing for when you see the nurse depends on the urgency of your medical issue. People who have more urgent issues (eg. bleeding, pain, breathing, heart or brain problems) will be assessed before someone who has a less urgent problem (eg. ear ache, nausea/vomiting, fever, infected finger). This is why you may sit in the waiting room longer than someone who came into Emergency after you did.


Upcoming Cultural Camps

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Edith was successful in obtaining funds to hold three cultural camps on each of the IR’s on Salt Spring, Pender and Saturna Islands. Hence, she has asked me to take the lead on organizing these camps. The purpose of the cultural camps are to promote, gather and preserve traditional foods, plants and medicines; learn the significance of the islands for gathering our foods; learn our SENĆOŦEN language and cultural way of life. We want to bridge the generation gap that often exists between our young people and our Elders, therefore, the camps will be open to children, youth, families and Elders. We hope that through the camps, our children and youth will be able to build self esteem, confidence, identity and pride in who they are as Tsawout members.


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