News from Kamloops

April 20, 2012

Cities Fit For Children Conference Presents Speaker Lineup

Kamloops, B.C. - Kamloops is hosting the 2012 Cities Fit for Children Provincial Summit on May 10th - 11th, 2012 at Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre. The summit is dedicated to the sustainable development of our cities by building healthy, safe communities. The objective of this summit is to emphasize the role of local partnerships and government policy, as well as strategies and successes that contribute to livable and healthy cities for children, youth, and families.

The intended conference outcomes include:

The keynote speakers are: Paul Kershaw from UBC and the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and his session will explore practical new solutions for raising youth children in today's economy; Lorraine Copas, of the Social Planning and Research Council BC (SPARC BC), presenting on "Communities that Work over the Life Course" and Bob Peart, who is a professional registered biologist where he will provide a session on "Reconnecting Children with our Natural Environment".

The conference has an exceptional lineup of speakers, workshops and panels. Day One will see a Mayors' Panel comprised of mayors from Kamloops, Nelson, Williams Lake, Vernon and Penticton. Other topics include "Inclusive and Diverse Community: Empowering Youth" by Sharon Shepherd, "Municipal Strategies to Recreate Children's Play" by Bob Yates, "Working Together in Aboriginal Culturally Diverse Communities" by Catherine Disbery and Carol Lust from Aboriginal CATCH(Community Action Toward Children's Health", and "Understanding Disability and Universal Design" by Heather McCain from the Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods.

The summit will also feature a pre-conference tour of the unique child-friendly places and spaces that Kamloops has to offer, as well as a networking wine and cheese night. Various community entertainment, ranging from the Beattie School of the Arts Dance Troupe to youth magicians to Japanese dancers, will intersperse the workshops.

For more information or to register please visit

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Media Contact:
Nicole Beauregard
City of Kamloops