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Tsawout Youth Program - “What's Happening”

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013! January 7th, was our first day back. The students, staff and volunteers are excited to return to I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House and I am sure parents and relatives are glad TSAWOUT Youth Program has reopened after a long and well deserved Christmas break too.

TSAWOUT Youth Program Schedule for your child(ren)'s attendance:

Monday to Thursday from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm
Friday 4:00 pm

TSAWOUT Youth Program staff thoroughly enjoyed being Elves, helping Santa Claus at the TSAWOUT Family Christmas Dinner and Gift Giving on December 19th.  It was great to see you and your children and youth enjoying a dinner together before the Holiday began.  Thank you Rose Jimmy and your kitchen staff for another AWESOME meal!

Thank you to all the elders & volunteers who donated their time to wrap over 200 gifts. I think we understand now how Santa feels during the winter, with all the gifts he delivers around the world.  Lots of Work!  Making a list and checking it over again and again!

Thank You to the local businesses, churches, schools and individuals for your generous donations towards Christmas gifts and Christmas Hampers. The families were touched.... to receive such heart felt LOVE through your donations.

Thank You to EXTREME Outreach Ministry! Extreme Outreach Society runs as a fully functioning non-profit organization with the mission to provide holistic development and mentorship to children at-risk. Extreme runs a variety of programs and ministries, including the weekly Superkids program, which welcomes kids from all walks of life, teaching them valuable life skills that they might not receive at home. As well, Extreme Outreach runs a summer camp, various adventure outreaches, a BBQ cart ministry, and a huge community Christmas dinner for families in need. Extreme Outreach delivered 200+ Christmas Stockings on Christmas Eve morning.  Being the busy season that it was, it wasn't until January 2nd that New Year's Stockings were distributed. Even after Christmas, the TSAWOUT Community received a BLESSING!  God is Good all the time!


I am so thankful and grateful to Healing Response Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada for accepting and approving my application towards I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House Cultural Awareness Project.  With this Anglican Fund for Healing and Reconciliation, I will be planning many Cultural activities for the TSAWOUT Youth Program from January to June 2013 that will utilize the expertise of resource persons from the Saanich Nations.  Thank you for your support during my planning.

More excitement in the air! As of Monday, January 7th, TSAWOUT Youth Program has 4 University of Victoria 3rd Year Nursing students who have a heart for the First Nations people.  They have chosen to complete their practicum with us volunteering in the TSAWOUT Youth Program from January to April 2013. 

With Stephanie Adams – Laura Merrison on Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, helping with preparation and planning for the Cultural Awareness.  Laura says, “I am a third year nursing student.  I have a passion for working with kids, and am very excited to be here.”

With Wayneo Sam – Analisa MacIntosh on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, classroom support.  Analisa says, “I am Originally from Calgary, but have come to love Victoria and its easy going attitude as my second home. I am excited to be working with kids as I come from a very large and close-knit extended family; where there is always a new baby on the way. Thank you so much for the warm welcome we received and I look forward to meeting more members of the community!”

With Kevin Wilson – Ginelle Kobley and Stephanie Ovenden on Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, classroom support.  Ginelle says, “My name is Ginelle Kobley, I am a third year UVIC nursing student. I will be working with your children in the After School Homework Program until April 2013. I love working with kids and my hobbies include running and hiking. Thank you for welcoming me into your community! Stephanie says, “I am a third year nursing student from the University of Victoria. I have lived in Victoria now for two and half years and am really liking this city. My interests include working with children and playing sports (especially baseball, volleyball, and floor hockey). I will be working with Kevin and the after school program for grade 2-5 and will hopefully be working 6 hours a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. I hope to do some work with the recreational program as well. Thank you again for making us feel so welcome on Monday and Wednesday. I am very excited about the opportunity given to us and the experiences I will gain from this placement.”

We have received the support of The University of Victoria Instructor of the School of Nursing, Carolyn Hammond, MN, RN and Practica Coordinator, Diane MacLeod, RN,BScN  within the TSAWOUT Youth Program since 2007.  We are fortunate to have such a committed Nursing Program willing to help care for our students and support the TSAWOUT Youth Program staff.

Continuing on Tuesday, for 4 more weeks, Kelly and Maggie of TURTLE TALK will be joined by TSAWOUT Youth Counsellor, Sandra Lacroix and Melina Planes, Social Work student, also completing her Practicum at TSAWOUT.  We WELCOME You to TSAWOUT Youth Program and to TURTLE TALK!

Helen Close, our art teacher has returned this year to work with the grade 2-5 students. She will be attending once a month to provide an art lesson based on the Season or Special Days: Valentine's, Easter, Spring and Summer.

Also returning Volunteers:
Arelis Tavarez helps tutor in Head Start - Grade 1 class with Wayne-O Sam on Monday. Arelis is also a helping hand for me on Thursday morning.

Meg Tronson helps tutor in Head Start - Grade1 class with Wayne-O on Thursday.

Syble Bowler and her sister Rosemary, our elder representatives who provide tutoring on Tuesday to Grade 2 - 5 students.

Mickey Correa will begin January 24th to help tutor in the Grade 2 - 5 class with Kevin Wilson.

The Youth Program has made adjustments to the structure of the classrooms because the Head Start Program schedule with tots and parents activities have increased and become more busy. You will now find the Head Start to Grade 1 students located in the middle classroom and the Grade 2 - 5 students located in the last classroom. We still welcome middle and high school level students but attendance has been minimal. In attending the TSAWOUT Youth Program these students can bring their homework and have a quiet space and tutoring if necessary in the Computer Lab.

If your child is now 4 years old, and is used to being in a structured setting, he/she is old enough to attend the TSAWOUT Youth Program.  Please see me for a registration form.  You are also welcome to attend with your child or volunteer at any time.

Please do not hesitate to contact me between 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday if you have any concerns or suggestions.  I am here to listen.

Stephanie H. Adams
I,TOTELṈEW̱,ÁUTW̱ - Learning House
TSAWOUT Youth Program Coordinator
250 652-9101 ext. 332
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