Programs in the e-bulletin are free unless otherwise specified. 

Strong Start Online!
Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s

(Not running this Friday or Monday Easter Holidays)

10:00am – 11:00am
(See below for how to access the online gathering)

A note from our Valley Strong Start Facilitator Pati McLaughlin
Hello Strong Start families in the Slocan Valley!

Please join me for an online program every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10am!
We will be able to see each other and say hello at the very beginning of the call and say farewell at the end. Otherwise, participants will be muted and get to sing a long from home to all the songs we know and love!

I will also be sharing stories, rhymes, art ideas and activities.
Zoom Zoom Zoom we are going to see each other soon!!!
Looking forward to seeing each and every one of you – and please feel free to share this link.

Please note Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 are statutory holidays that we will be observing.
Happy Easter Weekend 😄

This is a work in progress, and we will see how it flows and grows! I am aiming to fill an hour to start. Please email me with any feedback or suggestions or just to say hi:

Online programming starts tomorrow – Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10am!
With many thanks and even more well wishes for your safety, wellness and love!!

Your friend,

Pati McLaughlin aka mzpati


Steps to access online Strong Start:

#1 Download zoom to your computer/tablet/device

#2 Click on the link below to join the zoom session at 10am tomorrow

Information on how to access the Canada Emergency Resource Benefit:
The website is below with dates to apply and tells you what you need to have ready, Who Can Apply / How to Apply. Opened yesterday April 6th – and please note:

Your application date depends on your birth month.
See the website for more information.

If you are born:

Born January, February or March
you can Apply Mondays April 6th
Born April, May, or June you can apply Tuesdays April 7
July, August, or September Wednesdays April 8
October, November, or December Thursdays April 9
Any month Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays


The Slocan Valley Early Childhood Community Advisory Council (SVECCAC) is a voluntary council of organizations, service providers, and parents focused on the well-being of young children and their families in the south Slocan Valley (from Slocan to South Slocan). Council efforts and activities stem from the knowledge that strong families, supported by healthy communities, give children their best start in life. The council has been functioning and supporting Early Years endeavors in the Slocan Valley for over 15 years. The community coordinator for SVECCAC is Jen Evdokimoff, if you have questions or would like to join the council email .

Among its many endeavors SVECCAC is responsible for the e-bulletin, an email bulletin that goes to families with young children in the Slocan Valley. This e-bulletin is a valuable community communication tool for parents and caregivers. The e-bulletin shares Early Years information, such as free programming available in the Slocan Valley, community events, learning opportunity/parent workshops and more! If you want to be a part of the e-bulletin please email

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