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May 25, 2011

There's going to be a garden party at Camosun, and more than 150 guests—past and present children, families, educators and friends of Child Care Services—say they plan to attend the 20-year milestone celebration on Sunday, May 29. Activities will include an imagination market, photo memories, roving minstrels, refreshments and lots of opportunities to reminisce.

Garden party memory-activities lead to legacy gift

Child Care worker with child.Special guests, memory walls and photographers will display, reflect upon, and capture the special moments from throughout Child Care Services' history. These stories will be woven into a legacy project designed by local artisan Shylene Schlackl from the Mosaic the City society. "We don't know what the final pieces will look like just yet," says Child Care Services manager Lisa Stekelenburg, "but there will be two mosaics that can stand on their own, or fit together as a larger piece. Shylene will use the memories we gather at the garden party to inspire the mosaic design. After the templates are complete in September, helpers from our child care community will apply the tiles. The idea is for the art to emerge from the community, and for our community to actually create the murals. It's going to be beautiful."

Kids with child care worker.Living and breathing community

Camosun's Child Care Services' reach extends far beyond the campus boundaries. The supportive and knowledgeable educators help families understand the different stages of child development, and cope confidently with the stresses of parenting, working and studying at college. The resulting bonds between families and the Child Care Services community are lasting and strong.

Parent involvement is integral to every Child Care Services activity from the annual volunteer-run Victoria Tea Festival, to this week's anniversary celebration. "The key to our exuberant parent involvement is the care the educators provide in the centres, the attachments they form, and the connection with the parents," says Stekelenburg. "Our educators are not just supporting children, they are supporting families, and by extension, our greater community."

Join the celebration

Everyone is welcome to attend the garden party: kindi-grad, college-grad or friend of Child Care Services! RSVP: 250–370–4880 or

  • Sunday, May 29, 2pm – 4pm; short ceremony at 3pm
  • Na'tsa'maht (the Aboriginal Gathering Place) at Lansdowne Campus (map)

Last updated: October 6, 2015 2:04 pm

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