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Play Charter

The 2017 International Play Association (IPA) conference sparked a lot of conversation around the importance of play in our community of Lethbridge. Stakeholders from several organizations were asking the question, “How do we make play a priority for all children and youth in Lethbridge?” Lethbridge Early Years Coalition (LEYC) decided it was time for action. LEYC brought together 25 local organizational leaders to develop a Play Charter for Lethbridge. After 10 months of collaborating to create the Play Charter, it was ready to take to City Council. In the fall of 2018, the Lethbridge Play Charter was unanimously adopted by Lethbridge City Council and signed by the Mayor. The city began contributing resources to support the creation of an action plan to raise awareness of the importance of play and shift the mindset in the community to one that makes play a priority. Over the past year LEYC has actively supported the work of the Lethbridge Plays committee in translating the Play Charter into 9 languages, raising awareness at community events, development of outcome measurement tools and more. In January of 2020 the Lethbridge Plays committee hosted the inaugural PLAY! Summit which brought together stakeholders, policy makers, researchers, students, and parents to learn about the importance of play. The Lethbridge Play Charter is making an impact on policy, decision making and priorities for local programs, services and resources. It is shifting community mindset. Caregivers, youth and children are now saying, “Its time to play!”

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Community Success Stories

Play Charter

The 2017 International Play Association (IPA) conference sparked a lot of conversation around the importance of play in our community of Lethbridge. Stakeholders from several organizations were asking the question, “How do we make play a priority for all children and youth in Lethbridge?” Lethbridge Early Years Coalition (LEYC) decided it was time for action.

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I’m Ready Booklets Translated!

I’m Ready to Translate!A Linking, Aligning and Leveraging Story(Spotlight By: Phil Carlton on behalf of ALL OF REGION 7)In starting conversations and sparking the beginnings of connections, we often can’t anticipate what our outcomes might be. We have ideas and hopes to be sure, but sometimes the actual impact goes far beyond event those! That

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Collaborative Planning

Central Peace

Central Peace encourages coalition members to refine skills in leadership and strategic planning. The coordinator attended board development sessions offered by Alberta Arts & Culture & hosted though the local municipality. At every available opportunity, they have met with local and provincial government representatives to advocate for community needs regarding desired resources and services.

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