220 attendees witnessed the launch of the Young Children - Priority One Committee's new video "Precious Minds" Nurturing Literacy in the Early Years.
Tremendous support was shown by the organizations and individuals, without whose help the video would not be possible. Representatives comprised much of the attendance in the room, with guests from the National Literacy Secretariat, Ontario Trillium Foundation, CHEO Foundation, Success By 6, Canadian Institute of Child Health, General Assembly and many more.
As part of Emergent Literacy the children's choir helped YCPO Committee Chair Ken Nelson read a book properly and not miss any words. Thanks to Val Wilkins for organizing today's luncheon and making the Ballroom so festive and presentable.
Mr. Grieve thanked the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for their insight into the video and for our strong commitment to improve the lives of children. As with Success By 6 and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, he stressed that our club's focus on an investment of time and reading will offer children a lifetime of opportunity and achievement. Jim Grieve, Chair of Success By 6, following the viewing of the video, repeated the message relayed in the video for parents and caregivers to introduce words and reading to children as soon as possible. He reiterated the need for early development in children and he spoke of the necessity of early literacy for the formation of strong social skills as well as academic skills.
Past Lt. Governor Ron Wing presented Immediate Past President John Callan with a plaque and thanked him for his leadership and devotion to Kiwanis during his year as president.
Thought For The Week The biggest things in life are always the easiest to do because there is no competition.