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Aboriginal HIPPY Canada would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Justine and his parents Chris and Stacey Kape for their generous donation of storybooks to AHC.
Justine collected books via book drives for a high school in Lesotho, Africa and in doing so also collected over 1000 children’s storybooks. He donated these books to Aboriginal HIPPY families in Vancouver!
Because of donations like this we are able to empower families, caregivers and parents with the resources to maximize the potential of Aboriginal children.
On behalf of the Aboriginal HIPPY Canada Staff and HIPPY families,
Over one million Canadian children are at risk of NOT being prepared for kindergarten because their families struggle with conditions of poverty and low levels of literacy.
The HIPPY childhood development program addresses the diverse needs of these families to maximize the educational potential of their pre-school children.
HIPPY Canada is about helping parents learn how easy, fun and rewarding it is to teach their children at home.
It's about spending 15 minutes a day with a storybook, puzzle or learning game.
It's about children who enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
It's about improving parents' attitudes towards education and their own self-image.
It's about strengthening communities.
It's about a better Canada.
HIPPY Canada Video
Holiday 2013 Campaign
We wished for the best in 2013
And we got it!
More than 700 mothers and (fathers too) across Canada last year set out to
learn new skills to support their children’s success in school and beyond.
And they did it!
95% of parents read to their children at least 3 times per week. 93% of parents felt
comfortable teaching their children new things.
But the change did not stop there!
Mothers who were once isolated are now active in their children’s schools, their communities, and finding employment. These are the kind of changes that help build a better and more prosperous Canada.
70% of parents felt very comfortable interacting and communicating with their children’s teachers.
66% of parents felt a strong sense of belonging in their neighbourhood.
95% of families attended social events or gatherings in their neighbourhood.
Nearly 100% of parents established a network of friends in their community.
Changes that last a lifetime!
And those changes become joyful stories as befits the season – stories like Diego’s, told by his parents Ernestina Carvajal and Luis Zumaya:
Diego was having hard time when he entered JK four years ago. He was welcomed there, yet felt unwelcome, sad and out of his place. He had trouble listening to teachers or following directions and often played alone. I noticed his happy face was becoming frustrated after school time. His frustrations started to be aggressive towards his classmates and his teachers – something he had never done before, and I just knew I had to do something!
I took him to the family doctor where he was diagnosed with ADHD and given pills. I was totally devastated when I was told he might never succeed at school. I read about ADHD more and Diego’s behaviour did not match its characteristics since, at home, he was calm, so I decided not to give him the medication but instead looked for outside help.
We found HIPPY shortly after. I felt a new hope for our child. The HIPPY team has always given me and my son all the support and referrals during the time of being a HIPPY family. Diego and I were suggested to go for general health screening to have second medical opinion done. After all, our son had no ADHC problem, but a hearing problem combined with a language delay. He simply did not hear properly and that was a main source of his misbehaviour at school. We joined programs for kids with similar problems, attended speech therapy and had psychological support consultations, as well as we played HIPPY activities 3 times every day.
During the HIPPY time I discovered many ways how to support Diego in his learning journey. He was also accepted to move to the smaller classroom with individual attention, and we both started to become more confident. I started to see his face changing from frowning to bright smiling when going to school. He became calm and happy again. He has improved his language skills and his social communication and, despite still having some speech delay, his teachers keep telling me he is at the top of his class, because he always looks forward to learning new things, never gives up and does his best every day at his school as well at home. Thanks to Working Women Community Centre’s HIPPY program and all the help they have provided to us leading to my son’s surgery to correcting his ADHD to becoming a great learner.
Now our Diego attends Grade 2 and we are very proud of him. He was recently chosen to recite a poem at Remembrance Day in front of all school, which he did perfectly.
Our son was originally diagnosed not to be successful at all. His life, however, is full of happiness and achievements. My husband and I know very well that our son will always shine because he is a 100% a HIPPY child! HIPPY helped us to find the right ways to teach him to love learning and to be successful, how to know his needs and wants, how to teach him to learn the academic skills in a fun way and give him all support he needs in his growth. Thank you for helping us to make all this possible!
I am the HIPPY Home Visitor now and my personal aim is to contribute to the creation of many successes for all HIPPY families I work with because Diego and I are living proof that there is no better medication than care and love and help HIPPY always provides!
A gift of $3,000 a year for three years will help support families like Diego’s.
HIPPY Canada board, staff, and families across Canada wish you and your family every happiness this holiday season.
GIVING: How Each of Us Can Change the World
"I wish there were HIPPY programs in every community with a significant number of single mothers or poor, undereducated parents. Anyone who has ever been to a HIPPY graduation ceremony and seen the pride and self-confidence of both parents and children would agree. Even if you are not a parent of a preschool aged child, you can take the lead in bringing HIPPY to your home town, volunteer to be a home visitor, or support them with money or other services." (Clinton: 2007, p. 73)
Debbie Bell, executive director HIPPY Canada, Miriam Chandia, Britannia home visitor and Robin Green, Aboriginal Consortium coordinator meet Bill Clinton on November 1, 2007 in Vancouver, BC.
His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D, Governor General of Canada, and Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston
HIPPY Canada gratefully acknowledges our funders and donors for their generous support.
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HIPPY Canada is delighted that His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M, C.O.M., C.D, Governor General of Canada, and Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston are Patrons of HIPPY Canada.
Quote of the Week
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Carol Slater (HIPPY Canada Honorary Board Chair and founding member of HIPPY Canada) has been chosen to receive the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Congratulations Carol!
Aboriginal HIPPY Canada "Nation Building, family by family"
HIPPY Canada has partnered with TVO to produce a series of How-To Videos - available in 9 languages - to help parents teach their pre-school childen about language, math, and science.
The Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism supports HIPPY at our gala dinner, March 29, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel Toronto
HIPPY Canada Board
The following Officers have been elected for the 2013-2014 term:
Maureen Boyd - Secretary
Tim Casgrain - Chair
Ann Cowan - Treasurer
Stephen Herbert - Vice Chair
Kelly J. Lendsay
Judith Moses - Past Chair
Miriam Westheimer - Ex-officio