Last night, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt, hosted a reception
honouring Frontier College's Lieutenant Governor's Indigenous Summer Reading Camps. David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation was also in attendance at this wonderful event where a number of camp counselors had a chance to speak about their experiences working with children (often in fly-in communities) last summer.
Counselor Sarah Hyett gave a heartfelt and moving speech describing the importance of Summer Reading Camp in these communities and highlighting some of the ways Frontier College, with the support of the Lieutenant Governor, makes an impact on the campers.
"Camp is a safe place for children to try new things, to challenge themselves, without facing judgment. Watching children fall in love with reading has been so exciting for me.
I wish I could play you my experiences in the north as a recording, so you could truly see the difference you are making in these children’s lives. Filling their summers with reading, crafts, healthy snacks, physical games, and educational games would not be possible without the support you give. I hope my stories have given you a small idea of what reading camp has meant to my campers, and what it’s meant to me. I know if I could ask my campers what they wanted me to say in this speech, they would tell me to let you know they love summer reading camp, and to thank you very much for believing in them."
The Summer Reading Camps are extremely important to Frontier College and we thank The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell for her continued support.