Natasha Buda, RECE, 4th Year student in the Early Childhood Leadership Degree Program
Since the Liberal Government plans to introduce a national child care framework, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for Canadians to voice their input and concerns. As a result, I decided to create a letter writing campaign, which began the 25th of January and continues until February 5th. During my trip to Windsor with the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, I thought hard about a student led initiative and I wanted to do something different. People send e-mails, make phone calls and sign petitions everyday. But it takes time to type or write a letter, put it in an envelope, stamp it, take a photo and send it. Therefore, I thought this campaign would be an effective tool in bringing awareness to what matters most and helps meet the needs of Canadian families. I was dumbfounded by all the support I received on social media from different organizations and child care advocates once I introduced my campaign. So far I’ve had individuals participating in this campaign without any background in early childhood too, just typical members of the community who are concerned with how inaccessible and unaffordable child care is. Participants have been sending their letters to the Federal Minister of Children, Families and Social Development, Jean - Yves Duclos. It’s a great opportunity for individuals to take initiative as a leader and advocate for what matters in the community and in the early years sector.
There are a few days left to participate! Don’t forget to hashtag #isentmychildcareletter, for more information check out the webpage
Special thanks to those who have helped make a name for my campaign, especially George Brown OCBCC placement students, Alexandra Pilli and Abigail Doris.