Dinner and a movie were on tap as the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) got under way last Friday evening at the Rock Creek Medical Clinic. Three families turned out, bringing together 13 people for a nice meal.
Angela Kitchen is the new CAPC co-ordinator this year, replacing Deborah Baker who has moved from the area.
Angela, who has been hired for 15 hours per week, is currently working with the parents to see where her time could be most beneficial for the families. Activities will include crafts and information sessions that might help families connect with locally available resources.
“Any way we can help support families,” she explained. She said she is attending a CAPC training program in Kaslo this week that will help set the program for the coming winter.
CAPC is focused on children ages up to six years old, though the whole family is welcome.
Angela, who has worked for the past two years as an elementary school lunchtime supervisor, has been trained through Boundary Child Care Resource and Referral—online at http://www.childcarechoices.ca/main/Interior/Boundary/
Kitchen and her partner Brent Hatch have lived in the area for 10 years, coming from the Lower Mainland. They have one son, seven-year-old Bailey.
She said that when Brent first brought her to the Boundary to look at the land they owned she knew before even arriving at the property that she wanted to live here while still on the highway coming over Anarchist Mountain.
“I am excited about the opportunity,” Angela told the Times. “I don’t judge people. The kids are what it’s about. The challenge now is finding people and making them feel comfortable.”
The Rock Creek Community Medical Society has been sponsoring the local CAPC program for over 15 years. The program is funded through Health Canada.
With a motto “Building community capacity one child at a time!” CAPC in the West Boundary serves the communities of Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Bridesville and Beaverdell.
The vision is to support all programs in the area which allows parents to socialize with others, which in turn minimizes isolation and provides them with resources and referrals to service providers in the area.
The goal is to learn skills, voice concerns, and create opportunities within their communities.
The facilities include a fenced toddler park, kitchen and large indoor play area with plenty of toys and activities.
The Community Action Program for Children is one of the largest programs initiated by the Government of Canada under the Child Development initiative in response to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child.
If you or someone you know is interested in checking out this program, please give the Rock Creek Community Medical Society a call for more information 250-446-2540 or 250- 446-2660. Please leave a message.