Register Today! The impacts of COVID-19: What’s happening with BC’s children and families?

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021
Time: 9:30AM - 12:30PM (PST)
Location: Zoom. Please complete the registration to receive the Zoom link. 

Registration is open for the second session in HELP’s 2021 Virtual Expo Series. Join us on March 8th when, through presentation and dialogue, we will build our collective understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 on children and families.

The stress and disruption brought about by COVID-19 are immense. The research available to date is clear: the pandemic has exacerbated existing social and health inequities, and has had particularly significant impacts on our mental health and well-being. All children and families, but particularly those that are considered to be more vulnerable, are experiencing increased challenges in all facets of their lives, from social isolation and disrupted essential supports to food and economic insecurity. 

We’re in a time where the words ‘pivot’ and ‘unprecedented’ have come into daily use. And while we’re grappling to understand the full scope of the medium and long-term impacts of this pandemic, we can all see and feel the reverberations in the here and now. Through stories and data gathered from the multiple perspectives and experiences of parents and teachers, service providers, and children, we will explore the lasting impacts of COVID-19 across our province.

We are honoured to host a distinguished panel of speakers for this event including:

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Elder and Matriarch Doris Fox
Aboriginal Steering Committee Elder Reanna Erasmus
Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, British Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth
Liza Haldane, LELP Coordinator, HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee Member
Dr. Magdalena Janus, Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University & Affiliate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Dr. Alisa Almas, Research Associate, Human Early Learning Partnership, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Dr. Hasina Samji, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Evelyn Stewart, UBC Professor, Faculty of Medicine; BCCH Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

In addition, Dr. Paul Kershaw will once again lead a dialogue session providing an opportunity to further explore the impacts of COVID-19 on BC children and families. 

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We are pleased to share that this event will be live captioned. The session will also be recorded and posted to the HELP YouTube channel as soon as possible following the event. Please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Mullis – – if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on March 8th.

About HELP’s 2021 Virtual Expo Series
As a result of COVID-19, HELP is shifting our annual Expo online, planning a series of informative, engaging and interactive virtual presentations between February to May 2021. Sessions are connected within this year’s theme - Challenges and Change: Exploring ‘What is’ and ‘What could be’ for BC’s Children and Families - and will include research presentations, workshops and dialogues. We will also be bringing back our popular Coffee Talks series.