Message from Gail Taylor, Supervisor of Program Services - July 18, 2014
Shé:kon Parents and Families,
I am very excited to inform you that I have been accepted into the Kanien’keha Ratiwennahní:rats Immersion program from 2014 to 2016 (2 years). This has been a long time personal goal of mine which I am sure will have its benefits at the professional level upon my return.
As well, at this time, I would like to inform you and congratulate Sonia Nicholas who will be replacing me in my absence. As of Monday July 14, 2014, Sonia will step out of the classroom and will be replaced for the remainder of the summer. Sonia and I will work together over the summer to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible. My official last day of work will be August 15, 2014.
During my time away, I have no doubt that Step By Step will continue to offer the best quality of service for you and your children.
Supervisor of Program Services
Step By Step has been selected as the recipient of a Pro Am golf tournament at Kanawaki Golf Club which toook 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!
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).
Step By Step contributes to McGill Daily article
Debbie Delisle Giasson, our Executive Director and other community members were interviewed for the McGill Daily. The article entitled “Revitalizing endangered languages
Learning opportunities for Indigenous languages in Quebec” ran in conjunction with the United Nations’ International Mother Language Day on February 21st. The article can be viewed HERE.
Some of Step By Step's staff braved the freezing cold temperatures and participated in the Day of Action on Tuesday, January 28th against the Canadian Government's planned implementation of the FNEA (First Nations Education Act). Our Children are OUR Future!
SBS a winner in FNQLHSSC Photo contest!
In December, Step By Step entered a photo contest held by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.
Universal Children’s Day is held to recognize the adoption on November 20, 1989, of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Convention is one of the international legal instruments that guarantee and protect human rights. Its purpose is to protect the rights of all the children of the world.
The article highlighted by the contest was Article 31 - "I have the right to play!" (1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.)