What happens when pandemic hits? People collaborate and innovate!

Here in the Comox Valley, the CVTS PEACE Program (a free, confidential program for children and youth aged 3-18 who have experienced family violence) and the Too Good To Be Threw thrift store connected with the Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Centre, Comox Valley Child Development Association, PacificCARE and Comox Valley Family Services to put together Family Literacy Bags that include tips for caregivers and books, toys, games and craft supplies for the kids. Supplies were gathered and cleaned, information pamphlets prepared and printed, bags were stuffed and then delivered by the CV Family Services staff.

Information for caregivers include tips on:

> how to help you at home;

> how to maintain a normal routine;

> how to have conversations about coronavirus;

> things the kids can do to help them, their loved ones and neighbours stay safe;

> how to take care of yourself.

Download your copy of the tip sheet.

Remember: 💜 you are not alone 💜

In solidarity

The Comox Valley Transition Society is deeply saddened to learn of the finding of unmarked graves of children at the sites of several former residential schools.

As an anti-oppressive organization working to end violence, poverty and homelessness we recognize that the residential school system was part of a larger system of racism and cultural genocide that continues to this day and continues to impact the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Metis persons and communities.

CVTS is committed to listening to, and learning from, Indigenous staff, clients and community partners and to taking action towards the implementation of recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that pertain to our work.

Click here to view some recommendations of what we can all do from the Indian Residential School Survivor Society with additions from the BC Society of Transition Houses.