Youth are learning from elders in Nenan event

first_imgNess says the Nenan chose to organize this event because youth needed a way to communicate with elders and learn traditional methods and ways of learning that have to be passed down from elders.The events are currently running until Wednesday at the Bear Flats Campground beside the Peace River.For more information on the event, people can contact 250-787-2151. The Nenan Dane zaa Deh Zona Child and Family Services are hosting their second annual youth and elders gathering.The gathering is organized to celebrate cultural teachings, traditional practices and ceremonies passed between elders and youth.Activities will include a performance by the Doig River Drummers, workshops for drum making and beading, youth leadership development activities, a talent show called “Bear Flats idol” and an a look at some of the known archaeological sites.- Advertisement -The organization is working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development to develop a “new community-based child and family service system.”The Minister of Children and Family Development, Mary Polack will be attending the event, Tuesday.Erica Ness, a financial clerk with the Nenan, says the minister will be learning traditional languages and games, including a hand game, called Pugasee.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgTEN new jobs are set to be created at one of the county’s leading childcare facilities, it was announced today.Wonder Years Childcare in Rossbracken, Letterkenny, is expanding after being given an €40,000 energy grant.Business owner Marcella McNamee says she’s delighted with the news. The business, now on the cusp of a new chapter, was set up almost 10 years ago when Marcella joined the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme in conjunction with Donegal Local Development Company. She now runs the business with her husband Vincent and together they provide a valuable service with 125 children attending the centre on a weekly basis.The husband and wife team have a story, which in today’s climate, is unfortunately few and far between.  However, with hard work, steely determination and massive commitment to customer service they have built a business that in the past few weeks has had some very good news to help it’s growth plan for the future.KBC Bank has approved a substantial loan to complete an extension which the couple started two years ago. Meanwhile, a green energy grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland amounting to €36,455 was approved last week under the Better Energy Workplaces 2011 Programme.The money will be spent on developing a comprehensive greeen energy works programme including integral walls, spray foamed roof, a geo-thermal heating system and low-energy lighting with PIR systems. “I’ve long held the view that we should go down the green energy route and we are deligthed to have the support of the SEAI.   This grant means that we will reduce our energy overheads by a massive 50% while at the same time realising our green energy dreams,” says Vincent.Wonder Years Childcare currently employs 18 people. The purpose-built facility has a fully equipped kitchen, eight rooms consisting of a baby room, toddlers, pre-school, playschool, montessori and a Naoínra which is a stand-alone building.Over the past 10 years they have won a number of accolades including the Nick Love Spirit of Enterprise Award in the year they set up.  Marcella joined the Back to Work Enterprise Scheme and 10 years on they haven’t looked back. Marcella says it was the stepping stone that she needed.Pobal have been a previous supporter of our business in terms of our expansion plan and we are grateful for their support too.They attribute the success of the business to date to sheer determination and understanding the business of childcare. “We knew what we wanted for our children and in turn we understood what our customers wanted.  Our business ethos was that the facility would be warm, friendly but most of all homely and be a home from home.” says Marcella. The couple have three daughters, Shannon (11), Andrea (10) and Caitlin (6).They built the business during the boom at a time when Ireland was at full employment and when it was the norm to have two parents working.  This was the time when the business grew significantly. During 2003 the business even offered a 24-7 service which was a sign of the times. The current building is 6,000 square feet, but the expansion plan will see it more than double by 7,000 square feet. But much of this extension will be dedicated to recreational areas for the children including a gym, sand and water rooms and chill-out rooms.  This development will double the numbers of the business and Vincent says “with the current demand we are confident that we will reach our new potential capacity.”Marcella puts the success of the business down to the fantastic team that they have around them. Lucinda McGee and Fiona Black have been with Wonder Years Childcare from the first day the doors opened. The project will be finished at the end of November with the completed expansion creating 10 new jobs for the local economy. This will come as good news to qualified childcare assistants. Details of the job vacancies will be posted on their website and their facebook page in the coming weeks.TEN NEW JOBS FOR CHILDCARE CENTRE was last modified: September 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more