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FSI Learning Explorations ~ Transition Series: Kindergarten Transitions

May 4 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT


Join us May 4, 2023 for Kindergarten Transitions with   Cari Rawling & Karen Speijer

SESSION INFO: The transition from preschool into school can be particularly challenging for parents and their children when extra supports are required: and extra care is needed to ensure a smooth process. This workshop is designed for both parents and professionals to learn new tools and strategies for sound planning during any transition years.

Learning Outcomes:

• Participants will learn four fundamentals to help have a smooth transition to Kindergarten
• Learn firsthand transferable skills through group activities
• Identify tools that can assist the transition to Kindergarten
• Identify who on your family’s existing support team can assist with Kindergarten transition


Cari Rawling is the Northeast Regional Coordinator for the Family Support Institute. Cari is the mom of two boys, both with diverse abilities, and through them, she has navigated various school systems from public to online distance learning. Cari holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education and is deeply committed to strengthening families during their transition, from Early Learning to school. Currently, she works as a StrongStart Educator for School District #28 and the Family Support Institute.

Karen Speijer is Family Support Institute of BC’s (FSIBC) Regional Network Coordinator for the Fraser South Region. She has been a Resource Parent with the FSIBC for over 23 years and has sat on the FSIBC Board of Directors for 4 years. She is a wife of 39 years and mom and Nana of 4. It was her youngest son Kevin who lives with Down Syndrome that brought her to FSIBC many years ago. Karen’s journey with her son has brought many opportunities and challenges especially during his teen years, yet their lives were enhanced by being connected with FSI and participating in many support groups and connecting with community partners in her local city. It is Karen’s hope that by sharing her lived experience with Kevin that she will be able to bring some sense of joy and success to those families who are just beginning their Transition Journey



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May 4 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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Cari Rawling & Karen Speijer
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