Joanne Schroeder, Director of External Partnerships with UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) introduces a presentation shared by Martin Guhn, Interim Director of HELP on ‘What is’ and ‘What could be’ for BC’s Children and Families to share important information about what is happening right now for children and families in BC.
Joanne is a settler on the traditional territories of the K’omoks People on Vancouver Island. She is a mother and grandmother. Joanne recently “retired” from her role as Executive Director at the Comox Valley Child Development Association and has returned to the Human Early Learning Partnership as Director of External Partnerships. She began her work at HELP in 2000 and previously served as Deputy Director. In her initial role at HELP she worked with Clyde Hertzman to develop and lead their knowledge translation activities. She was also the Provincial Advisor to “Children First”, a community development project that worked in 45 BC communities and was the National Lead Fellow for the Canadian Council for Early Child Development. Joanne is passionate about building better systems and policies for children and youth, through leveraging innovative practice, community leadership and research.
Joanne’s exploration of Compassionate Systems Leadership is a natural extension of her passion for and career-long commitment to building better systems and policies for children and youth, through leveraging innovative practice, community leadership and research. She sees in the Compassionate Systems framework a rich opportunity to join with colleagues in B.C. who are building a more compassionate approach within the child-serving systems and to contribute to the emergence of a provincial network for transformative change.