From left to right: one-year-old Odin Kujala, Early Years Centre Connector Kelsi Martens, grade 5 EJ Dunn student Robyn Ambrose, School District 70 employee Danny Royendyck, Strong Start Facilitator Claudine Brown and grade 6 EJ Dunn student Abigail Patrick plant a tree to celebrate the Early Years Centre’s first birthday. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Port Alberni Early Years Centre turns one year old

Students; facilitators plant a tree to celebrate

School District 70 celebrated the Alberni Valley Early Years Centre turning one year old on Tuesday, May 23 by planting a tree on school grounds.

The Early Years Centre is located at 3500 Argyle on EJ Dunn Elementary’s school site.

One-year-old Odin Kujala and a few elementary school friends gathered to help the Early Years Centre plant a tree on the school grounds to celebrate the occasion on Tuesday.

Many exciting activities and opportunities have taken place at the Early Years Centre during the first year of operation, according to Stacey Manson, community developer for School District 70. The centre is extremely proud to have more than 25 partners working together to support families.

The Alberni Valley Early Years Centre is home to PacificCARE – Childcare Resource and Referral, Before and After School Child Care, StrongStart, Rainbows for Children that have experienced grief and loss and The NEST. The centre also provides meeting spaces for many organizations that support children and families. Partners such as Island Health, Early Childhood Educators, PACCL and USMA regularly use the play space including the wonderful teaching kitchen.

Priorities this year have included improving transitions to kindergarten and working with partners and families.

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From left to right: Strong Start Facilitator Claudine Brown, one-year-old Odin Kujala, Early Years Centre Connector Kelsi Martens, grade 5 EJ Dunn student Robyn Ambrose and grade 6 EJ Dunn student Abigail Patrick plant a tree to celebrate the Early Years Centre’s first birthday. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

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