2016 Conference


Barefoot Books

I sell beautifully-illustrated multicultural Children's stories, cooperative games, puzzles, cd's, and puppets. Barefoot Books is an Independent Publishing company, started by two moms over twenty years ago, and our vision is to share stories, connect families and inspire children. I'm an Early Childhood Educator and parent myself so this opportunity to connect with parents and other educators would be amazing for me! I will be selling products as well as promoting book fairs, fundraisers and literacy.


The BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC) is a non-profit organization made up of parents, elected by parents.  BCCPAC works to promote, support and advance meaningful parent participation throughout the public education system in order to advocate for the success of all students in the Province of BC.  We work with our membership, to promote leadership, communication, cooperation, and representation at the school, district and provincial levels.  Learn more at www.bccpac.bc.ca

Big Brothers Big Sisters Victoria and Area

Big Brothers Big Sisters is Canada's leading child and youth mentoring non-profit organization. We facilitate life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and as citizens.

We provide numerous programs aimed to develop confidence and courage in children including our in-school mentoring program, community mentoring program, Focus mentoring program, and Go Girls mentoring program. The project we would like to highlight at VIPC 2016 is our newest program called Invest in Me.

Alongside Startup Skool, Big Brothers Big Sisters is excited to be launching Invest in Me which is a school-based curriculum program delivered through a free, online blended learning classroom that is designed to educate students on entrepreneurship and social responsibility. This project-based program is directly aligned with our BC education curriculum and is inquiry driven with a focus on core competency development. Invest in Me links classrooms with Big Brothers Big Sisters and encourages them to create a start-up business to raise money to support mentoring programs in their communities. Through Invest in Me classrooms will learn about philanthropy, ethical business, financial literacy, and the principals of innovation. They will leave the program having developed numerous transferable skills and the knowledge that they are a true change-maker in their community!

Boys & Girls Club of Greater VIctoria


Centre for Addictions Research of BC at UVic

Our Centre is committed to supporting parents, school communities and their partners in addressing substance use with young people. Our exhibit will serve to shared evidence-backed resources for parents as well as resources that are available to support the broader school community.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award- BC & Yukon Division

The Award is a zero barrier all-inclusive youth self-development and leadership program on Vancouver Island. It equips young people for life by bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens. By serving their communities, developing a skill, staying physically active, and journeying in nature, youth take control of their lives and become positive contributors to their communities.

So many folks come to us saying they regret never hearing about our Award program and grieve the missed opportunity for themselves and their children. Participating in VIPC 2016 can help change that!

Farm to School BC 

Today, more than 20,000 British Columbia school children are experiencing a new farm fresh crunch in their lunch as Farm To School (F2S) programs sprout up across the province. Parents, educators, farmers, health professionals and others are actively searching for information and tools to start their F2S program – a program that nourishes the body and minds of children, and contributes to the health of farms, community, and the environment.

Building on the work that is already occurring in the Capital Region, Farm to School BC would like to connect with parents who are interested in learning more about how to bring Farm to School into their school.

The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health 

The F.O.R.C.E. provides family support, education, advocacy and navigation of services for children's mental health.  Monthly support group- 2ndWednesday of the month at Saanich Neighbourhood Place

Growing Young Farmers Society 

Our Growing Young Farmers SCHOOL Program...Educates, Encourages and Empowers school students to grow health-friendly organic food. it has become a very popular and highly successful 'Program...we now have a waiting list of principals, teachers - and PARENTS - who want the 'Program!!

Hot Lunches On-Line

HotLunches.net provides an easy to use yet powerful system for the placing and management of school hot lunch programs. No transaction fees, no limits on the number of menu dates, menu items, number of orders or frequency of order placement. This is the most powerful and easy to use on-line system developed specifically for school councils and school hot lunch programs.

Human Early Learning Partnership

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) is an interdisciplinary research network based at the University of British Columbia. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Middle Development Instrument (MDI) are school-based surveys measuring children's health and well-being in BC schools and communities. Kindergarten teachers fill out the EDI, which reflects the environments that children grow up in. The MDI is completed by students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 and reflects how children think and feel about their lives, both inside and outside of school. Parents, school districts and community members are key partners that we wish to share the EDI and MDI results with so that they are aware of the research and how to access their local community results.

Monarch House

Monarch House is a centre of excellent in the provision of interdisciplinary, family-focused services for children with autism, developmental disabilities, or other developmental delays. We offer services for those with or without any formal diagnosis. We offer Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy, and Behavioural Therapy. We also have a psychologist and pediatrician on staff to assist families who have concerns about heir child's development. We offer support to families in the form of training, home-based consultation, and support in navigating service systems. We also serve a number of families who access our services as part of home-schooling or distributed learning programs. Connecting with parents and other service providers who aim to provide the most meaningful educational experience to all students would be a valuable opportunity. Establishing effective community partnerships is essential to providing well integrated services for the children and families we serve.

School House Teaching Supplies

Here at School House our dedicated, experienced staff work hard to support teachers (public, private,home schoolers) , parents and grandparents, community health workers, etc. with educational materials and books in both English and French so that their children will become successful learners. We would be honoured to be a part of your conference.


We work hard to unlock student potential with personalized learning from professional teachers in a digital classroom. With instant access to thousands of educators at any time, from any device, Skooli provides students with top tutoring across all subjects from the comfort of their own home. Students and teachers are connected in a secure digital classroom with video conferencing, online chat, screen sharing, and an interactive whiteboard. Our platform engages greatly with parents since it provides them a huge convenience and peace of mind for tutoring purposes, no more driving around or being stuck at home waiting for a tutor. They can be flexible and now that no matter where they go, their kid can have a 1:1 online tutoring in real time. Please check our website www.skooli.com

UVic Behavioural Medicine Lab

The Behavioural Medicine (BMED) lab is a research lab under the direction of Dr. Ryan Rhodes at the University of Victoria. Our mission is to produce and disseminate innovative and population-relevant physical activity and health research of the highest calibre within an environment that fosters collaboration, community, pride, and life balance. BMED research is focused on the behavioural and psychological aspects of physical activity and population health. In particular, there is a primary focus on physical activity and special populations, including families and youth. Currently, we are conducting several family-based studies for which we are actively recruiting.

World Fisheries Trust

We would be exhibiting our EcoLearning Hive - a searchable directory and forum for environmental education providers. This resource is available on-line for free, and is tailored to connect teachers with local education resources - field trips, in-class programs, teaching resources.

Youth Program Quality Initiative

The Youth Program Quality Initiative empowers education and youth program leaders to adapt, implement, and scale best-in-class, research validated quality improvement systems to advance child and youth development. Our youth development approach is based in positive youth development research, and the desire to create a safe, supportive, and productive environment for youth. The approach is premised on the belief that it is a youth worker’s job to set up an environment for youth in which needs are met and learning is encouraged—to create a space in which youth can thrive. We provide a way to organize the many, many things a youth worker does to build a great experience for young people.

The YPQI is committed to helping programs enhance the experiences they provide for youth. We support youth program development by strengthening connections between youth agencies by setting up networking opportunities, offering free professional development for youth workers and coaching youth workers to assess their own programs and set goals for improvement. This program has been in action for 3 years and we support a wide range of local youth programs including Island Sexual Health, Saanich Parks and Recreation, Project Respect, Quadra Village Youth Drop In Centre and many more.

This research-based improvement system helps youth programs set meaningful improvement goals based on data, enact new practices, and create powerful developmental environments for youth. We would be pleased to share it with educators and parents alike!