We are excited to announce that Capri Everitt of Around the World in 80 Anthems will be making an appearance at the Kidz at Heart Gala. Capri will perform the Canadian National Anthem and a couple of her favourite anthems from the 80 that she performed around the world last year. Get your tickets now. There is only a few days left at the early-bird rate. >>> http://events.eventzilla.net/e/kidz-at-heart-2138868253 <<<
And The Winner Is……
In December 2016 KidzFirst Canada held the KidzFirst Canada Bao Down Challenge. Today our Board Members Stephen Kelly and Matt Collinge met with Ellen from Bao Down Gastropub and Raw Bar to pick the winner. Watch the video below to see us pick the winner.
Do the Mannequin Challenge and Win a $50 Bao Down Gift Card
At the Annual KidzFirst Canada Christmas Party, the Board Members took part in the Mannequin Challenge. We want to give you an opportunity to a win $50 gift card from our friends at Bao Down restaurant in the KidzFirst Bao Down Mannequin Challenge. Do your best Mannequin Challenge with a group of friends, family, or coworkers and on December 7th the KidzFirst Canada Board will vote to award one lucky group the winning gift card. Just post your video on our KidzFirst Canada FB page. Naturally, it must be youth appropriate.
NOTE: All of the Christmas party festivities were paid for out of the pockets of the Board Members, and not the charity.
KidzFirst Canada Donates $500 to Families Branching Out Christmas Dinner
Last night KidzFirst Canada decided to make a Christmas donation to the Families Branching Out community Christmas dinner. Families Branching Out runs out of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House and is for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of young children (from 0 – 6 years old). The focus is on the health and well-being of young children, their families, and the relationship of families to their community. Children and parents can make new friends. Parents share resources, parenting skills, and child-minding and also learn positive ways to support each other.
Every Monday evening a delicious dinner is cooked by parents and youth and served to Families Branching Out members. The program, which, specifically welcomes low income families, Aboriginal families, and new-comer families, has grown in the last two years from 25-40 participants per session to 60-70 participants!
Last year the Families Branching Out Christmas dinner was huge success with Mr. and Mrs. Claus in attendance! They had well over 100 children and parents, and with the help of donations were able to feed everybody! They had 6 turkeys and 5 hams, a big chocolate cake, and Christmas hampers for low income families. The Community Police Centre donated lovely gifts for over 70 children. For the children involved it was a magical evening.
With the support of KidzFirst Canada Families Branching Out will once again make sure every family attending has a wonderful holiday meal and that the event is a highlight for the children during the Christmas season. This year this Families Branching Out Christmas Dinner takes place December 12th at Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 5288 Joyce St, Vancouver, BC V5R 6C9. You can call (604) 435-0323 for more information about attending or volunteering at this great event!
- Mark Mahl will stay on as Board Chair
- Ashley Smith will take over as Vice Chair
- New Board member Trevor Doyle will take over as Treasurer
- and Matt Collinge will stay on as Secretary
Board members Heather Johnston, Fahreen Bihmani, Megan Van Keulan, Tiani Lowes and Craig Fenton are very excited about the new appointments and direction of KidzFirst Canada this next year.
Many Dancers Lost Uniforms in Fort McMurray Forest Fire
KidzFirst Canada is please to announce another donation! The board members provided a $1000 donation to Fort McMurray’s McDonald Island Dance Academy. They were driven out of their homes, community & city by the wild fires but have still managed to attend their competition this weekend in Camrose, AB. Here is a small clip from their coach. Thank you to Jeremy for bringing this to our attention.
First off I want to thank you both for the amazing support you have shown our dance team. As you are aware our team of 66 dancers have been displaced due to the fire in Fort McMurray. We had planned to compete in a dance competition this weekend (our final one of the year) and with the evacuation thought we wouldn’t have an opportunity. Many of our team members evacuated without costumes and unfortunately some lost their houses and costumes in the fire.
Your financial support helped us to purchase costumes for all our hip hop teams and allowed us to still compete. Words cannot describe the feeling of thanks each of the parents have for this opportunity. When we left the fire my daughter was in tears thinking dance was over and that her gramma never got to see her dance this year. With the opportunity to compete this weekend her gramma decided to fly out and she was incredibly excited.
We are competing in the catch a rising star Nova dance competition in Camrose. Today our teams did phenomenal and we compete again tomorrow. We are also being interviewed by CBC television to talk about the support we received from everyone to assist us with this opportunity.
Again I can’t thank you enough…it’s people/organizations like yourselves that have made this horrible situation into something positive.
Thank you so much,
MacDonald Island Dance Academy
Parents Festival Team
Great job kids! The KidzFirst Canada Board of Directors was thrilled to hear that the team won overall highest score in all categories.
KidzFirst Canada Supports Vancouver Fundraiser for Fort McMurray Fire Victims
KidzFirst Canada Board member Jeremy Irla, who is from Fort McMurray, and his partner Nils Johan Hognestad, are organizing this Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser with the specific goal of raising money to help youth sports organizations that have lost equipment, supplies, and uniforms to the fire that has destroyed so much.
Jeremy has just returned to Vancouver after making sure his family & friends are doing okay back in Alberta. KidzFirst Canada will be making a donation of $1000 to support the young people of the Fort Mac fires to empower them, and help them fulfill their sporting goals. I hope you will consider making a donation at or attend the event. The KidzFirst Canada Board would appreciate it.
Fort McMurray fundraiser Event Details:
May 17, 2016, 7pm
XY – 1216 Bute St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1Z8
Tickets are by donation at the door
Helping First Nations Youth in Victoria, BC
On the heals of our 1st annual Give it Up 4 Kidz Challenge KidzFirst Canada is pleased to announce a $500 donation to the Victoria Native Friendship Society after-school program.
This donation will support 12 youth in joining an 8 week after school program. Here they will learn critical life skills, mentor others, and become empowered in their community.
From the Victoria Native Friendship Society
The Victoria Native Friendship Centre is very excited to announce a new funding partnership with Kidzfirst. Kidzfirst is generously supporting the RAVE Cultural Youth Centre, with this funding the VNFC Youth Department will be able to support Culturally competent programming for Urban Aboriginal Youth. We are so grateful for this funding and look forward to working together with Kidzfirst to provide safe and Child Centred programs for youth on the Traditional Territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. Hych’ka
Over $6000 Raised For Vulnerable Youth
The KidzFirst Canada Give it Up 4 Kidz Challenge is officially over. Thank you so much for those of you who made a donation! The KidzFirst Canada Board Members: Heather Johnson, Ashley Smith, Stephen Kelly, Jeremy Irla, Craig Fenton, Tiani Lowes, Matt Collinge, Fahreen Bhimani, & Mark Mahl raised over $6000 to help vulnerable youth in Canada.
We have just made a $500 donation to an Aboriginal after-school program in Victoria. This is in addition to donations to Live Life to the Full program and CampOut’s LGBTQ summer camp program; and there is more to come! We could not have done it without you and your assistance. Thank you to all of you who donated to the campaign.
CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt Day
Wednesday February 24, 2016 is CKNW Orphans’ Fund Official Pink Shirt Day, a day in support of kindness and acceptance, and against bullying. At KidzFirst Canada we are big supporters of everything Pink Shirt Day stands for. You may see a lot of people wearing pink tomorrow and buying a Pink T-shirt at London Drugs is one way you can help, but there are others:
- Donate online by visiting pinkshirtday.ca.
- #PinkItForward: On February 24th, 2016, Coast Capital Savings will donate $1 for every use of the hashtag up to $45,000 to support anti-bullying programs. To participate post a photo of someone special on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter on February 24th: a friend, teammate, colleague, family member, classmate or even someone you’ve just met. Then add a caption describing why that person is awesome, and instruct them to and spread the kindness! You can use these examples:Twitter: I #PinkItForward to [tag your friend] for [reason why they’re special]. Now it’s your turn! #PinkShirtDayInstagram or Facebook: For #PinkShirtDay, I’m helping to put an end to bullying by spreading kindness. I #PinkItForward to [tag your friend] for [reason why they’re special]. Now it’s your turn!
- Can’t wear a pink t-shirt at work? Buy a Pink Shirt Day pin at London Drugs.
- Download the posters, print and hang them up at your school or work and share with everyone what is going on for Pink Shirt Day.