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ORANGE SHIRT DAY ~ September 30, 2014

In honor of residential school survivors and victims, orange shirt day is a day to create discussion about the traumas of residential schools and the effect they had and continue to have on First Nations people. Click HERE for more information on Orange Shirt Day activities.






September Family Breakfast











On Friday, August 22nd we held a Meet and Greet for families and teaching staff at the Center. Teachers briefed families on the daily routine of the classroom and filled parents in on what their children would do throughout the year. Families were able to tour the classroom and the rest of the building to get to know where they and their children will be spending time in the new year.


The first day back for the new year was August 25th. Returning children started on the same day with new children were scheduled on a staggered basis to ease their transition to their new environment. Children made their way around the classroom trying out the many activities prepared to welcome them to their new classroom. They met their teachers and made some new friends!





Step By Step was the recipient of the proceeds of a Pro Am golf tournament at Kanawaki Golf Club which took place on July 23rd, 2014. We are so grateful to have been considered to receive $24,000.00 that we will use to continue to provide quality services to Kahnawake children and families.  Nià:wen Kanawaki!


 Kanawaki Golf Club Vice President Daniel Anber and Club Manager Steve Pert dropped

by Step By Step to present the cheque to Debbie Delisle Giasson, Executive Director.







Leaving Ceremony and Family Picnic 2014




Celebrating 25 Years (and more)!


Step By Step has certainly grown in the past 30 years since the 7 founding famliles first opened their arms and doors to welcoming children and families of Kahnawake. Before we knew it, we had over 50 full time/permanent staff and were providing services to over 160 children and families! Human Resources and the rest of the Management Team worked together this year to develop a recognition celebration for years of service. Starting with Suzi Deer Diabo, who celebrated her 25th anniversary alongside Step By Step in 2008, this year we celebrated 4 other staff. Education Assistants Darlene Goodleaf and Barbie Marquis both celebrated 25 years in 2011. This year Colleen Jacobs, our Child and Family Support Worker, and Debbie Delisle, Executive Director celebrated 25 years of service to Step By Step's Children and Families. Congratulations Suzi, Darlene, Barbie, Colleen & Debbie! We look forward to having you all as part of our family for many more years to come!




(Above left - Board Chairperson Patricia Deer presenting to Debbie Delisle).

(Above right - Debbie Delisle presenting to Colleen Jacobs).




(Above left - Debbie Delisle presenting to Barbie Marquis).

(Above right - Debbie Delisle presenting to Darlene Goodleaf).


  • Connecting Horizons Press Release - Sept 26, 2014 September 23, 2014, the Connecting Horizons group would like to inform the community that they commissioned a community needs assessment examining ways in which to better support individuals with special needs and their families living in Kahnawake. Click HERE for full Press Release and HERE for the Report.
Step By Step is a Nut-Free environment. Please check ingredients on all food items sent in with children.
Step By Step practices Scent-Free Awareness. Please refrain from wearing scented products, or perfumes while at the Center.
  • A copy of Kahnawake's Position on the First Nations Education Act is available for viewing at reception. Community members are invited to sign the petition in support of Kahnawake's position. The document is available for viewing HERE.
  • Click HERE for NEWS bulletins including staff updates!
  • Is your child on our Waiting List? Did you know you and your child can take advantage of our programs and services while you wait for a place? Check out our informational pamphlet My Child is on the Waiting List...What Are the Next Steps? located in the Parent Information section!



Step By Step is always looking for items to help to continue to run our innovative programs! If you have any of the following, please contact the Center! Niá:wen!

  • Umbrellas (preferably see through), and raincoats or ponchos (all children's sizes)
  • Spare clothes, especially boys sizes 2 to 5. Pants, underpants, and socks!