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DAWSON CREEK – Parents and early childhood educators directly affected by Mayor Calvin Kruk and council’s decision to close municipally run City Kids Daycare are calling on the entire community to save the centre. They are beginning their campaign by making a presentation before council on Monday and organizing a “Community Celebration of Child Care” on Sunday June 3rd 2007 from 12pm – 3pm.  Everyone is invited.

The group wants to emphasize the message to city council that it takes a community AND public funding to raise a child.

Event: Community Celebration of Child Care
Date: Sunday, June 3rd, 2007, 12pm – 3pm
Featuring: A CANTASTORIA – an ancient form of participatory street theatre
Food: FREE BBQ & cookies(environmentally friendly event, please bring your own plate & cup)
Activities: Live music, face paints, prize draw, parachute game, chalk drawing, children’s choir, banner painting
Save City Kids Daycare: Supporters are encouraged to place their painted handprint on a large canvas being prepared for city council

Early Childhood educators at City Kids Daycare have been nurturing the children of Dawson Creek for almost a decade. They provide early education, socialization, learning through experience and learning through play. The educators are represented by CUPE 2403 (Canadian Union of Public Employees).

Dawson Creek has a chronic shortage of day care spaces.

For more information, please contact:
Heather Inglis, Save City Kids Daycare campaign coordinator & CUPE National Representative cell: 250.981.7034
Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications, office: 604.291.1940