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Free Grant Money for Parents!
by SD73 DPAC - Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 4:59 PM

Hi PACs, Please see information below:


I work within MCFD as a Family Consultant, supporting low-income families in our community. In partnership with the United Way, we are working to increase awareness of, and access to, federal and provincial grants for RESPs. Research indicates that children with as little as $500 in an RESP account are 50% more likely to graduate from high school. In addition, post-secondary education is an effective way to increase a person’s future earning capacity, decreasing the likelihood that they will experience poverty. Families can apply for up to $3200 of grant money for RESPs for their children, but currently, the federal grant (Canada Learning Bond) is only accessed by approximately 30% of eligible families in Kamloops, while the provincial grant (BC Training and Education Savings grant) has a take-up rate of approximately 17% in our community. I was wondering if there was a way that the DPAC could support the sharing of this information throughout our district, so that parents can understand what is available and how to access it. There are options for parents to get these grants without paying any fees for opening or maintaining the account, and requiring no contributions from parents. Free money!


Let me know if you think there could be an opportunity for us to share this information directly with DPAC at a future meeting, or if you have any other ideas for how to best ‘spread the word.’


Thanks in advance,


Rebecca Cain


Family Consultant, Poverty Reduction Initiative

Ministry of Children and Family Development

905 Southill Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 7Z9

Direct line: (250) 554-5828   

Fax: (250) 554-5829

Cell: (250) 318-4072


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BC Children's Hospital Looking for Parent Input
by SD73 DPAC - Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 4:58 PM



My name is Julia Hayos. I am a Project Manager with BC Children’s Hospital. We are embarking on a project to update and improve the Kelty Mental Health Website, which is a provincial resource for families and professionals looking to support their children and youth who might be experiencing mental health challenges.


In order to ensure the updates we make reflect the needs and preferences of parents and caregivers, we are looking for individuals across BC to help advise through the redevelopment process. Recognizing how busy parents and caregivers are, we are planning to obtain input over the phone, at their convenience, for about 30-45 minutes about 4 or 5 times over the next 6-8 months, for which they will receive a gift card honorarium. We are hoping to have a variety of perspectives including people with and without experience with the mental health system and a range of comfort levels using technology and seeking information online.   


I am wondering if you might be able to share this opportunity with parents/caregivers in your network on our behalf? I have attached a one-pager that describes the project and what this opportunity entails.


Thanks so much in advance for considering this request, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Kind regards,


Julia Hayos



Julia Hayos, M.Ed., PMP
Project Manager, Health Literacy
BC Children’s Hospital
An agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority

201-601 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4C2
Office:  604 707 6390


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Decoding Dyslexia
by SD73 DPAC - Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 4:52 PM
Hi Kamloops DPAC,

Decoding Dyslexia BC will be in Kamloops next week to show an award winning film called The Big Picture Rethinking Dyslexia.  The Film was directed by James Redford, the son of Robert Redford and is a documentary style film featuring many dyslexics, one of who is Dylan Redford, a college aged student who is off to University for the first time.  

If you know of any Parents, Teachers, Tutors or Students that may be interested in coming, we would love to see you there! Please feel free to forward this information to the PAC's in the District.

Here is an Eventbrite Registration Site for the Event (which is only a week away),

Please feel free to share, and I have attached a pdf poster that can be displayed on community boards, or anywhere you like!

Thanks so much,
Cathy McMillan
Founding Member, 
Decoding Dyslexia BC

p.s. we were in Kamloops two years ago and we had over 300 people come to the movie showing!! 
Here is an article about the award winning film and why the Redfords decided to make the film!