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Former BC NDP leader James comes to Nelson for panel discussion

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October 11th, 2011

Former BC NDP leader Carole James is joining nationally renowned family service expert Dr. Barry Trute and local community service professional Judy Pollard for a panel discussion titled “Making childcare work for your family” from 7 pm until 8:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Self-Design High in Nelson (402 Victoria St).

Local Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall will be moderating this free, child friendly, public forum presented by the Nelson-Creston BCNDP Constituency Association. 

The MLA for Victoria- Beacon Hill, Carole James was the leader of the BC NDP from 2003 until 2010. Always a strong supporter of childcare, prior to entering provincial politics she served as the Director of Child Care Policy for the Government of BC.

In this, her first public speaking engagement outside her riding since stepping down as leader, Carole will draw on her vast experience of advocating for the expansion of services for children. 

Dr. Barry Trute is a leader in the development and advocacy of family-centred services in Canada and has consulted provincial governments across Canada and internationally. 

Committed to research, Dr. Trute was a co-founder and senior editor of the Canadian Journal of Community and Mental Health. He has been active in the childhood disability field as a family therapist, teacher and researcher for over 25 years.

Chair of the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-op, Judy Pollard is an expert on community and family service coordination and delivery in the region.  In her years as chair, Judy has gained insight into how child services function in the Kootenays and will bring valuable local perspectives to the discussion.  

Everyone is invited to come and discover how you can make childcare work for your family.  This free public forum will be held following the Nelson-Creston BCNDP Constituency Association’s annual general meeting. 

All NDP members are invited to attend the AGM, which starts at 3 pm, and the following convention delegate selection meeting, pie and cake auction and potluck supper.

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