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Empathy Project in North Vancouver Receiving National Inclusive Education Award

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A project in the North Vancouver School district will be receiving a National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC.

New Wesminster, B.C., May 4, 2015 – A project in the North Vancouver School district will be receiving a National Inclusive Education Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living and Inclusion BC. Club G at Highlands Elementary School began in 2011 to support Ges, a student with special needs. It has since grown to become a thriving social and friendship group that fosters understanding, compassion and improved learning outcomes for all its participants. 

Parents Dana Cave and Brandy Hughes (also Co-Chairs of the Highlands Parent Advisory Committee) had this to say about Club G:

“The Club G kids have learned through the natural “give and take” of playground games and the adaptations they have created to include their friend. They became both teacher and learner and they have been in charge of what happens in Club G since it began. “Club G” kids have become the true compassionate leaders in our school. It’s their ideas, their passion and their commitment that keep the club going. The legacy they will leave behind is a way of being where inclusion and fun are just the way it’s done. And when it’s done, day in and day out, year after year, it becomes who you are.”

The idea is that “Club G” doesn’t end at Highland Elementary and that it continues to be a model of inclusion that inspires and supports all schools in BC. Through the SEED (Social Emotional Empathy Development) Society an entire package has been created for others to follow including a video, promotional materials, workshop presentations, social media and other media presentations.

Members of the Club G team will receive the award at the Sheraton Wall Centre on May 28, 2015 at noon, as part of the Inclusion BC conference. Media are welcome to attend.

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