Kid's Conference in Nanaimo 2017
Anyone coming upon some kids playing, cannot but smile. Their joy and laughter is music to anyone's ears. Do you remember those times, including the moments of self discovery. Now imagine a thousand kids let loose on a host of experiences and activities; learning new things, mastering movements and creating moments and masterpieces.
That is what happened last Saturday January 14th 2017 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, with second annual Kids Conference. This amazing event was created so that parents and children in our community would be able to discover and learn about resources around the community. And discoveries were made by hundreds of kids and parents wandering the entire upper floor of the centre.
The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition had for it's second year, set up an obstacle circuit for kids, so kids could practise bicycle skills on Strider and Pedal Bikes. In addition we handed out information about Bike Education classes, our advocacy work and events. We had over 180 kids ride pedal and strider bikes on a obstacle circuit. The event organization was just fantastic and this free events that included free amazing food
The KIDS Conference is focused on bridging the gap between all economic backgrounds, and promoting a future for all children. Besides amazing food, great entertainment and speakers, the rooms were filled with vendors and tons of activities for the children and adults to participate in.
A GIANT Thank You to the Conference Centre and its staff for putting on this amazing free event for the past 2 years. AND a Million Thanks to our GNCC Volunteers, Lorne Freedman - Jonathon Behnke - Antonius Adema - Keith Gaunt and Arrowsmith Cycles for the equipment.Photographs courtesy of Lorne Freedman