Lynne Reside (left) with Shawna Poitras at the First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition Gala Dinner in Vancouver. Reside was recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Okanagan Early Years Council.

Lynne Reside (left) with Shawna Poitras at the First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition Gala Dinner in Vancouver. Reside was recently honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Okanagan Early Years Council.

Reside honoured by her peers

Lynne Reside is a longtime early childhood educator who has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Early Years Council

When Lynne Reside attended the Cities Fit for Children conference in November, it was a chance to celebrate after months of planning.

But the longtime early childhood educator ended up with another reason to celebrate when she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Okanagan Early Years Council.

“It was incredible to get this kind of recognition from the community with my colleagues from all over the province,” said Reside, adding that it was a pleasant surprise since she hadn’t known that the award existed and it was the first time it had been presented.

The longtime children and families advocate in the North Okanagan had been busy organizing the conference, which attracted people from around the province, and making sure that the seven Champion of the Child Awards were presented to local community members.

Reside retired in October from the council (formerly North Okanagan Early Childhood Development Coalition) where she was early years community development coordinator. The council decided to present the award to recognize someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of young children.

Reside is now doing similar work for the United Way North Okanagan Shuswap as manager of the Success Basic program funded by the United Way, the Credit Unions of B.C. and the Ministry for Children and Family Development. The goal is to bring together all stakeholders for better outcomes for children and families and provide support for programs.

“I had always wanted to work with children, probably as a teacher, but when I had my first child, I became fascinated with early childhood development,” she said. “I took Montessori training and I really enjoyed being a pre-school teacher and working in administration.”

She noted that she has seen a lot of change in early childhood education since she started in the field. At that time, there were more stay-at-home parents and any pre-school programs were for socialization and play. When more brain development information became known, there was a more structured approach and now she sees a return to nurturing social and emotional development through a play-based approach.

“Technology has been a huge game-changer in education. Children are not as physically active and their social and language skills are affected, and now screens are so much more portable with handheld devices to use when children should be reading or playing outside,” she said. “Screen skills are needed but children don’t need these in the first six years. Your child is not going to be left behind with a healthy balance. They will pick up the skills.”

Reside reminds parents that children under two should have no screen time and ages two to six no more than one hour a day. Parents can recognize and implement this by being good role models and monitoring their own screen time when they are with their children.

She will be working with the North Okanagan Optimist Club for Unplug and Play Week this month and also on Family Literacy Day.

“It is important that families and the community develop alternative things to do, like drop-in programs and more outdoor programs. Hands-on exploration helps develop the critical thinking skills and the literacy that are so important in today’s society.”

Reside can see herself being involved in early childhood education issues for a long time to come.

“I just can’t see myself anywhere else. It’s been a very rewarding career and this is a great community. People are working to make this a great community for children to grow up in.

“I’m very grateful to everyone in the community who supports this goal, the businesses which support it by making their premises family friendly and in other ways, and all the community members and agencies who help in so many ways. There are many challenges to having a young family, and families need support and encouragement from the community.”

 

Just Posted

A grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board has allowed the historic O’Keefe Ranch in Spallumcheen to construct and complete its rain gardens project. (O’Keefe Ranch photo)
Spallumcheen ranch protects ecosystem with water grant

Historic O’Keefe Ranch receives $20,000 to construct and complete rain gardens project

Michelle Jacobs receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Coast Capri Hotel on April 28, 2021. The pop-up clinic was hosted by the First Nations Health Authority. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
126 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

There are 22 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, and 13 in intensive care

(File photo)
Repeated cougar sighting on Okanagan Rail Trail

Plenty of bear sightings around the valley too

Vernon local Ryan Lazar – who specializes in 2D background design and 3D animation – is ready to start his career after a tough yet rewarding two years of studies. (Contributed)
Okanagan College students get animated at graduation

‘The pandemic has resulted in more video consumption and the animation industry is so hot right now because of it’

An e-scooter and a car bumper make for a narrow passthrough on a sidewalk out front of the Kelowna Law Courts on Wednesday, April 28. (Michael Rodriguez/Black Press)
E-scooters ready to roll in Vernon

Final bylaw changes in place to allow personal use and for companies to operate a rental program

An avalanche near Highway 1 in Glacier National Park. Avalanche Canada will benefit from a $10 million grant from the B.C. government. (Photo by Parks Canada)
Avalanche Canada receives $10-million grant from B.C. government

Long sought-after funds to bolster organization’s important work

Barriere RCMP nabbed two suspects who were allegedly breaking into cabins in McLure. (File photo)
Thieves nabbed by Barriere Mounties during McLure break-ins

Police Service Dog Kody instrumental in making the arrest

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate stays below 500 a day over weekend

14 more deaths, down to 350 in hospital as of Monday

Royal Bay Secondary School’s rainbow crosswalk was vandalized shortly after being painted but by Monday, coincidentally the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the crosswalk had been cleaned up and students had surrounded it with chalk messages of support and celebration. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C. high’s school’s pride crosswalk restored following ‘hateful’ graffiti attack

Hate terms, racial slur, phallic images spray-painted at Greater Victoria high school

RCMP vest
Penticton beach brawl results in one arrest but no charges

People took to social media after a fight broke out at the fire pits at Okanagan Lake Saturday

Terrance Mack would have celebrated his 34th birthday on May 13, 2021. Mack’s family has identified him as the victim of a homicide in an apartment on Third Avenue in Port Alberni sometime in April. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Family identifies Ucluelet man as victim of Vancouver Island homicide

Terrance Mack being remembered as ‘kind, gentle’ man

A single motorcycle parked outside of the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse at 837 Ellis Street on July 9, 2020. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna Hells Angels prospect sentenced to 9 months in jail for aggravated assault

Colin Michael Bayley pleaded guilty to the downtown Kelowna assault earlier this month

Salmon Arm RCMP seize a handgun, drugs and cash at a Silver Creek property on Friday, May 14, 2021. (File photo)
Police seize handgun, drugs and cash at a Shuswap property

Salmon Arm RCMP said warrant for Silver Creek revealed cannabis, possible cocaine, magic mushrooms

Salmon Arm RCMP are seeking witnesses to a single-vehicle collision that occurred on Highway 1 on May 16, 2021. (File photo)
Salmon Arm RCMP seek persons who transported injured driver, motorcycle to hospital

Motorcyclist involved in a single-vehicle collision on Highway 1

Most Read