Kids Club 2022 is Underway

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Wakaw’s annual summer Kid’s Club is off and running for another year. The program has become an anticipated part of summer for local young people and a valuable resume builder for those hired to deliver the program. The town of Wakaw received Canada Summer Jobs grant funding to hire three leaders and from the six applicants who applied for the program leader positions Ava Mourot, Kyra Trumier, and Shelbee Elchuk were ultimately hired to be the feet on the ground.

Dwane Burke, Wakaw’s Recreation & Community Development Manager, was responsible for organizing the program which needed to meet certain criteria in order to be able to apply for the Community Initiatives Fund Grant. Receiving monies from the Community Initiatives Fund this year made it possible to invite Elders, presenters and other guests as well to be part of the participants summer learning experience. For example, on July 11th, well-known multi-instrumentalist Metis singer/songwriter Donny Parenteau, spent time with the kids to share a message about the importance of music in his Metis culture and his own life as a Metis person. Besides performing, Donny also teaches at his Donny Parenteau School of Music in Prince Albert and speaks at schools across western Canada sharing a message of inspiration and encouragement for the celebration of the many different cultures in our province. He is also a strong voice in the anti-bullying dialogue.

This year’s Kid’s Club program is organized into weekly themes and those themes are: Nutrition & Camp Cooking, Traditional Knowledge Experiences, Experiencing Literature, Camping & Outdoor Living, Experience Sports, Art & the Wilderness, Exploring Wakaw’s History & Heritage. While Burke came up with the themes and developed the program, it is in essence the teens hired to be leaders who make or break it. It takes a special skill to deliver an engaging program to a group of children 4 – 12 years of age, that keeps them wanting to come back year after year and in Dwane’s estimation, “Shelbee, Ava, and Kyra have done a great job getting things off and running this summer. There are more fun things to come!” Although the weeks have been organized by themes, Dwane says they are flexible. Special events and activities will be scheduled when its possible to have presenters and guests join in. They are in the process of lining up other big activities, guests, and presenters.

Ultimately, the goal of Kid’s Club is to create a safe, healthy, and engaging program for the over 30 enrolled 4-12 year old children who are attending.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder

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