La Société santé en français Launches the Early Childhood Health Project (ECH) Conference – Petite enfance en santé (PES)

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, approximately 50 people hailing from Canada’s provinces and territories met in Ottawa at a conference to officially launch the Early Childhood Health Project.

The ECH/PES conference launch objectives were as follows:

  • To provide a historical overview of francophone early childhood development across Canada; from the continuum of health and wellness services to outlining an inventory of best practices, activities and programs in the francophone early years community;
  • To inspire the participants by sharing examples of best practice in health promotion in the francophone early year’s community;
  • To equip the participants to work with partners from a variety of sectors.
This logo was created by a child especially for this conference.
This logo was created by a child especially for this conference.
To manage the PES project across Canada, the Société santé en français (SSF) is working with the following partners:
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Conference Presentations

The following presentations are available for download (French only):

Opening remarks: Healthy children… the importance of strong partnerships
Dr. Anne Leis, President, SSF

As a mother involved in the francopone parents’ movement, as a member of SSF and now as its president, Dr. Leis reminded the participants that every step they take with young children, every involvement counts. Each of them has a role to play in creating favorable conditions in promoting early years health for Francophones.

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Notes from a brief presentation on the history of the ECH/PES project
Caroline Vézina, former Programming Director, SSF

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Overview of the continuum of early childhood development services
Richard Vaillancourt, Program Officer, Commission nationale des parents francophones (CNPF)

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Roundtable: examples of best practices for promoting the health of Francophones in early childhood development

Best Start (Ontario)
Louise Choquette, Bilingual Health-Promotion Consultant for Health Nexus’  Best Start program

Healthy Start (Saskatchewan)
Gabrielle Lepage Lavoie, Manager, Départ Santé/Healthy Start program

Apprentissage en famille [family learning] (New Brunswick)
Stéphanie Leblanc, Assistant Director General, CODAC-NB [New Brunswick council for Francophone adult literacy and skills development]

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development (Québec)
Isabelle Vient, General Coordinator, CEDJE Project [centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development]

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Overview of the early childhood development sector in Francophone minority communities
Irwin Lewis, Director, Continuum of Education, ACUFC [Association of Canadian Francophone Colleges and Universities]

Mr. Lewis communicated a few findings from a cross-Canada survey on the availability of childcare services in French and the caregivers working in this field. The ACUFC conducted this survey in 2019, reaching a total of 700 respondents.

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Workshop: Ideas, approaches and tips on developing and maintaining healthy relationships among partners from various sectors
Henri Tremblay, Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution

This workshop used a role-playing card game to let the participants experience the challenges involved in working with people whose backgrounds, education, objectives and concerns may differ from their own. By providing a chance to experience the various kinds of feelings, emotions and discomfort involved in such situations, the role-play enabled the participants to identify various practical devices and approaches to working better together. This workshop also provided some useful tools for starting up the ECH/PES projects in collaboration with partners stemming from various sectors but are all committed supporting the francophone early years sector.

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Discussion and working session: planning the deployment of the individual projects
Roger Gauthier, Coordinator, ECH/PES national project

The participants examined the following three questions:

  • Where do we stand now when it comes to promoting health for Francophones in early childhood?
  • How can we promote health for Francophones in early childhood in our own communities?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges that such initiatives have experienced in the past or can be expected to experience in future?
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For more information on the Early Childhood Health (ECH/PES) project, contact:

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Posted by Société Santé en français (SSF) on Tuesday, 19 November 2019

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD HEALTH (PES) PROJECT
  • Anne Leis, President, Société santé en français (SSF)
  • Jean-Gilles Pelletier, Executive Director, SSF
  • Jean-Luc Racine, Executive Director, Commission nationale des parents francophones (CNPF)
  • Lyne Brouillette, Executive Director, Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC)

Absent: Jean-Guy Bigeau, Executive Director, Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité (RDÉE) Canada and Karine Charlebois, Representative, Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones (FNCSF)