National Child Day (2018)


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Parliament Hill was the site of lobbying activity yesterday (November 20, 2018) on National Child Day when advocates for child care met with more than 60 MPs and Senators to request a commitment to work toward a universal child care system that would ensure high quality affordable child care across the country. The current system leaves "child care deserts" where many families are unable to afford to work due to a lack of child care spaces in their community. A coalition of organizations such as Child Care Now, Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care and Oxfam see this as a way to reduce poverty by ensuring that women can participate fully in the work force and address issues such as the gender wage gap. The federal government is being asked to increase spending on child care (at least an additional $1 billion per year) to bring Canada closer to the 1% of GDP which is a widely accepted international benchmark. Canada currently lags far behind.
With the federal budget being written now and less than 2 years left in the agreements between Canada and the provinces and territories, this is a critical time to consider child care issues. Many Senators and MPs, including MP Patty Hajdu from Thunder Bay Superior North, gave their support and committed to be Child Care Champions.

What should RECEs know about the event?

"A very diverse group of people from all over Canada came together. People collaborated from all sectors to support child care. It’s not just an issue for early childhood educators; it affects women’s equality and the workforce. Everyone across the country is dealing with wait lists, a lack of early childhood educators to fill positions, and workforce inequalities. A report was delivered to the government on child poverty within the country and the message was that if we are going to combat child poverty, we have to invest in child care. I think the highlight for RECEs is that we do have a voice in the bigger picture and it really does matter." - Lori Huston, RECE, Thunder Bay ECE Unite


Two Bit Auction (October 2018)

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Another successful year at our Annual Two Bit Auction.  Our staff members enjoyed seeing great participation by the bidding guests and again send out congratulations to all of the winners. We would like to thank everyone that came out to participate and support Little Lions Waldorf Child and Family Centre! Thank-you to our current CEO Lindsay Gaw-Martin, the very hardworking and involved Board of Directors, as well as all staff members who supported and volunteered to help the event run wonderfully!



Two Bit Auction (October 2017)


Little Lions has just completed another successful year at our Annual Two Bit Auction.   Our staff members enjoyed seeing guests bid their hearts out and reap the benefits. We would like to thank everyone that came out to participate and support Little Lions Waldorf Daycare & Kindergarten! A special thanks goes to our current CEO Marilyn Grudniski, for all her hard work and dedication over the years. 

"Watch for Bikes!" Campaign (August 25, 2016)

"The Canadian Automobile Association’s (CAA) “Watch for Bikes!“ program is being launched in Thunder Bay with the help of a new partnership between the City of Thunder Bay, Little Lions Waldorf Daycare, and CAA North and East Ontario. "

CAA's “Watch for Bikes” program reminds motorists to always look carefully for cyclists approaching from behind, especially in bike lanes and around schools. To help raise awareness and remind motorists to stay alert, the “Watch for Bikes” decals which are placed on the side mirror of your vehicle and work as a reminder to check your mirror and blind spots for cyclists and oncoming traffic."

Little Lions Daycare Executive Director Marilyn Grudniski was instrumental in bringing the program to Thunder Bay:
“When bike lanes were first introduced in Thunder Bay, it really heightened my awareness of cyclists and with that came the feeling of responsibility that it was on me as a driver to make sure I respected the rights of cyclists,” said Grudniski. “I heard about these decals and thought this would be a great idea for Thunder Bay. Because Little Lions works primarily with young children, we want to do our part to keep children safe when they take to the roads as young cyclists.”
Watch for Bikes CollageThe ”Watch for Bikes” decals will be available at the CAA store on Memorial Avenue, at EcoSuperior’s office on Red River Road, and at all 12 Little Lions Daycare locations across Thunder Bay. 

For more information on the program see the News Release located here
News coverage on the program can be found here and here.
Photo Credit: Adam Krupper.

Weed Out Hate (June 7th, 2016)

June 7th marked our city's annual 'Weed Out Hate Day'. Mayor Keith Hobbs along with children from Little Lions Waldorf Daycare & Kindergarten of McKellar Hyde Schools gathered at Thunder Bay City Hall to plant sunflowers as a commitment to peace in Thunder Bay.  The pulling of weeds and planting of sunflowers isa metaphor for weeding out hate, bias, prejudice and racism in our community.  The grown sunflowers will be a constant reminder to weed out hate, eliminate bullying, plant love and peace, and promote inclusion.

“Little Lions, following the Waldorf philosophy, educates children to become citizens dedicated to a peaceful society,” said Marilyn Grudniski, Executive Director – Little Lions Waldorf Daycare & Kindergarten. “We encourage this in all aspects of our daily work and believe that by starting when children are very young, we will eventually achieve it. We lead by example and therefore it is important that this vision is brought to the wider community through public initiatives such as Weed Out Hate Day.”

Please follow the link to view the Weed Out Hate Video!