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A Year Like No Other!

We are well into the fall/winter season and this year many of us have had a new and valued appreciation for the great outdoors and enjoying nature. Family Day staff across our programs have certainly taken advantage of opportunities to be outdoors. This fall, we have strengthened our commitment to outdoor education and, as demonstrated on our social media feeds, staff are working hard to keep children happy and engaged outdoors in nature. It all certainly looks like fun! Health experts remind us about the benefits of the outdoors for everyone. They include fresh air, physical activity, connecting with nature and, of course, the benefits to our mental health. Highlighted in this edition of FOCUS you can find out more about Family Day’s commitment to outdoor education, including hearing about how we have engaged families on this journey.

During December, we often begin to reflect on the year that is ending and 2020 has most certainly been a year like no other. The year has provided many opportunities to see different perspectives both in our own communities and across the globe. Our Federal Government has recognized the importance of childcare as being essential to the Canadian economy. They have also signaled that a commitment to a national childcare strategy is on the horizon. Across the globe, a conversation about systemic discrimination has been in the spotlight. All of these conversations are positive steps in creating social change. We look forward to better understanding, specifically, what concrete actions each of these perspectives will bring.

Throughout the pandemic, Family Day staff have remained committed. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our staff have transitioned to new routines, and many of us are learning new ways to use technology — working virtually and, most importantly, doing our part to reduce the spread of the virus. Thanks to the management team for their leadership and also a special thank you to all staff members especially those who work frontline in programs with children and families. As our essential workers, your commitment is most appreciated.

As we move into the festive season, may we each embrace the opportunity to keep our seasonal activities practical and simple, with a new appreciation of what is most special to each of us.  Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2021.

Diane Daley, CEO