June 2017 Mini Conference

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  • June 2017 Mini Conference
     10 June 2017
     8:30 am - 3:30 pm

REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

MORNING WORKSHOP: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Art of Outside Play

An action packed three hour session of totally immersing yourself with outside experiential based games, initiatives, projects and opportunities for children of all ages. Rain or shine, kids need to spend more time outside, unplugging and connecting with the “awesomeness” of the summer. You don’t need money but rather motivation and willingness to experience the “outside classroom”. Let’s get outside our comfortable zone and experience the different types of play.

Workshop Presenter: Jeff Willis

As a skilled energetic facilitator and speaker, Jeff has spent over 25 years working with a variety of organizations using supportive, innovative and experiential techniques to improve a centre’s team collaboration and connecting the dots of experiential play. His passion is derived from his breadth of understanding of experiential education, his various senior roles within the outdoor recreation industry, successful entrepreneurial endeavours and a committed community advocate.

LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Game Smarts

How can we facilitate healthy learning environments and build meaningful relationships this summer? This workshop explores the unique connection between play, game and personal well-being. We will take a deep look at the nature of play, why people play and how people play. We will clarify the difference between play and game and focus on how gamification is shaping the minds of modern society. Attendees will leave this workshop having experienced several modern games and role-played how to facilitate play and games successfully. We will also leave you with the 8 game archetypes, this advanced technique will enable you to apply the art of gaming to any situation and create a truly emergent summer experience.

Workshop Presenter: P.J. Prinsloo

P.J. has worked with children and youth for 18 years. He began this journey with the Attorney General’s Office of B.C. as a youth facilitator speaking at schools throughout the province on the topics anti-violence and anti-racism. For many years, P.J, pursued a growing acting career while working as a youth leader at Jericho Kids Club. This is where his passion for youth work formed into a life purpose. The combination of his experience at JKC, his acting background and many psychology classes inspired a unique and revolutionary approach that eventually became known as The Awareness Module. P.J.’s acting background and cutting edge approach makes his workshops engaging, informative and inspiring.


2881 Acadia Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, v6t1s1


Limited free parking available in the childcare staff parking lot beside the building off Melfa Road @ Acadia Road

Please obtain parking pass at registration desk.