Calgary Learning Village Collaborative Report to the Community - page 2

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Message from the CLVC Chair
Welcome to our fourth
Report to the Community!
First launched in 2003, the Calgary Learning Village Collaborative (CLVC),
an initiative of 12 partner organizations committed to supporting children
and their families in Greater Forest Lawn (GFL), is now in its 10th year, and
what an exciting and successful year it has been! Our Family Connectors,
Recreation Connectors and Family Places have continued to support
increasing numbers of families and children to participate in sports and
recreation as well as academic and non-academic activities, improve parents’
access to basic and instrumental needs and increase their involvement in
their children’s schools.
In addition to this critically important core work, we have committed to
re-focusing and re-invigorating the work of the CLVC in response to the
evolving needs of elementary schools and community members within
the GFL area. To this end, we have made a number of significant changes.
For example, the CLVC team revised the format of the annual Principals’
Breakfast in September and was able to gather important feedback that will
inform the work of the CLVC for the 2013/2014 school year. In addition,
a parent survey and critical evaluation of the Family Place program guide
led to changes in Family Place programming that we believe better reflects
the evolving needs of the GFL community. An exciting and innovative
initiative, Friends of CLVC, was launched in November and provides a
think-tank environment for front-line workers in GFL, allowing them to
grapple with and share solutions for problems that community members
face. The CLVC Family Fun Fair held in September was also re-vamped by
focusing on the key objectives of raising awareness of the CLVC and other
community resources and providing opportunities for on-site registration
in recreational activities. Finally, the CLVC is currently revising its desired
outcomes which will result in enhancements or additions to some areas of
CLVC programming in 2014 and beyond.
On behalf of our Partners, I am pleased to share this report that highlights
our activities and our support to families and children over the past year.
I would like to thank you for your support of the CLVC and I encourage you
to visit our website for the most up-to-date news and information.
Cheryl Doherty, Chair
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