Parents, teachers, educators and everyone interested in the education of our children …

World-Changing Kids and Uniting for Children and Youth would like to invite you to attend the first edition of our “How to Create the World Your Kid Needs” Discussion and Workshop Series. This edition in the series will look at our current education system and empower you to ask yourself if it is working for your child. We will discuss what we want our education system to look like and how we can work together to get it there.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 3:30
Location: Canterbury Community Centre, 2185 Arch Street
Tickets: Free

Watch our segment on Daytime Ottawa for more information: https://youtu.be/9gyHeZ7ISQc

Time for Change

We have a rare opportunity to make a difference in Ottawa at this time. A new provincial government is being elected, new boards of school trustees are being elected, and a new director of education for the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is to be appointed. New beginnings are in the air and we must seize the moment.

This event is the start of a discussion to define what we want from our new leaders. A good number of the declared candidates running to be OCDSB trustees will be present to establish relations, to share views with parents and other candidates in an effort to determine how they can best serve their constituents. So for anyone who has an opinion about what they want schools to do for young people, this is a must attend event. Now is the time to become part of the solution to creating the world our kids need.

Through this event, we will look at our current education system and be encouraged to ask if it is working for our children. Participants will be empowered to believe that we don’t have to accept the status quo when it comes to our children’s education. We will discuss what we want the education system to look like and how we can work together to get there – how we can create positive changes for our children. Experts in the education industry will teach participants more about what we can do to help our children become the best version of themselves – to help them thrive. Participants will learn how we can collectively use our voices to ensure that the education system better fits each child’s unique learning styles and needs. Participants will leave the event with concrete steps for creating the change we want to see in our current education system.

Topics To Be Discussed

There are so many important topics to discuss. This is an opportunity for you to bring attention to the ones that matter most to you. We want to add your important topics to this list. You can email us at worldchangingkids@gmail.com or comment here. The following is a starter list to help spark people’s thinking:

* the importance of play and being out in nature
* the benefits to involving children and youth meaningfully in making decisions that affect them
* equity and acceptance for children and youth of all cultures, persuasions, and abilities
* active and safe routes to school and throughout communities
* healthy living initiatives and activities in the community
* ways to cultivate creativity and innovation
* schools of the future
* the needs of teachers in a changing learning environment
* the skills and attitudes needed to be successful in the 21st century
* the importance of more mental health supports for students

This is just the beginning of the conversation. By participating in this event, and then staying connected as an educated, empowered community through Uniting for Children and Youth – UCY, we will ensure that we start to see real, positive change in our children’s education. From June 9th to October 22nd we plan to keep the conversation going so that, come election day, you are in a position to vote for the candidate who will best represent you.

Workshop Facilitators

Lindsey Barr

Lindsey Barr is the Founder of World-Changing Kids, an educational organization dedicated to leadership development and community building through active kindness. Lindsey is the author of the book, “Plant a Garden of Kindness, A Child’s Guide to Filling a Year with Weekly Acts of Kindness”. She has also created a “Learn More, Do Better” Yearlong Subscription Based Learning Program for kids, a “Year of Kindness” program for schools, and runs an annual “Kids Love Peace” festival each September in Ottawa. Lindsey has been doing important community building work for over 10 years, runs an after-school child care program in her neighbourhood and is mother to two amazing world-changing kids.

Richard Fransham

Richard Fransham is a strong advocate of public education believing that it is our best institution for building a prosperous and healthy society. He has a master’s degree in computer applications in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and over thirty years of classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels. He has been working for decades on solving the problems of public education and he is optimistic that we are on the cusp of adopting a systematic approach to moving from the industrial model of education to one more suitable for today’s students.

Sharon Holzscherer

Over 20 years ago, Sharon Holzscherer was facing a serious problem. Her children were not learning what she wanted in elementary school and they were bringing home all sorts of issues from bullying to peer pressure. Events led to her pulling them from public school and with no formal training in education, but trusting her belief that there had to be another way, she took on the education of her own four children and later many others. Now with her Masters in Education and publishing of her book “Patterns of Disorder” Sharon works tirelessly to share her basic principles that children will always learn and that there are always choices while working to make change to demonstrate what parents can do when the public education system is not right for their children.

Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe has 25 years of experience addressing racism, harassment and discrimination in workplaces as an activist, holding positions within the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the Canadian Association of Professional Employees and the National Council of Visible Minorities (NCVM). During his 22 year tenure as an employee within the Federal Public Service, Richard has engaged in equity work while serving on employee boards and employment equity committees. After taking a hiatus from community work to “help make and raise babies”, Richard came out of retirement to address the discrimination his son experienced in school. In December 2017, he co-founded the 613/819 National Capital Region Black Hub to bring together Black parents and organizations to collectively address anti-black racism in areas such as education, policing, and mental health. Richard has a firm belief that “data can set you free” and form the basis of informed policy and program changes to address systemic inequities and structural racism operating within our governments and educational institutions.

He is currently a Manager of Planning, Performance Measurement and Reporting at Public Services and Procurement Canada. He is a husband and father of three. He lives and works in the National Capital Region.

Amy Wellings

Amy is a seasoned facilitator and kindness advocate and is excited to be invited to be a part of this workshop series. Her work with AW Leadership Solutions has centered on designing and delivering leadership development and organizational culture programs built on the concepts of compassion, inclusion and kindness. Her vision is to give organizations and leaders the tools they need to make the workplace a better environment for everyone. She recently founded a kindness club for kids in Barrhaven and is looking to build upon the success of this by developing a global network of community clubs. The goal of the Kids Spreading Kindness Network is to empower children to see the ability they have to make a significant and positive impact on our world and their community.


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