Childcare Centre Project

Roof water collected and available for children to tend gardens full of berries. Three dimensional west-coast carved creatures scattered throughout the landscaping. Windmills demonstrating alternative forms of energy production. Elders living right next door and invited over for juice, cookies and story time. This is Tillicum Lelum's new childcare centre.

Our Goals

  • To address the daycare shortage in the South end of Nanaimo where many low income families and students reside
  • To provide a Preschool/Prekindergarten Program for Aboriginal children to increase school readiness upon entering Kindergarten
  • To work in partnership with VIU to provide research opportunities in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and practicum placements for several health and human service disciplines
  • To provide opportunities for families to positively interact with their children in a supervised learning environment
  • To provide quality childcare for those families wanting to access Post-Secondary education or career opportunities
  • To provide children and families access to elders and cultural knowledge

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Fundraising for this project is ongoing. Would you like to be part of our "Sea to Success"? You can get your name or business name mounted in our Childcare Centre on the gallery wall and down the halls (Sea of Success) for your donation toward the building.

Your donations will be honoured and displayed in the Childcare Centre on a Salmon similar to the one below:

  • $200 - 6 inch salmon
  • $500 - 12 inch salmon
  • $1000 - 18 inch salmon
  • $5000 - 2 ft salmon
  • anything over $5000 - will be recognized with a 3 ft salmon.

For more information on the "Sea to Success" Wall - call Tammie Myles 250 751-4256, or TLAFC at 250 753 8291

We welcome "in kind" donations of equipment, materials and labour (upon building standard approval) And can provide a charitable tax receipt for all cash donations above $20 and all equipment and material donations.

Thanks in advance for being part of this incredible opportunity of building an innovative Childcare Centre for the South end of Nanaimo!

Many regard this new facility as the first Urban Aboriginal childcare facility to be built on Vancouver Island. The modern two story facility will host a 25 space licensed childcare program for 3-5 year old children on the first floor. On the second floor, an Aboriginal Young Mothers day program that works collaboratively with the Young Mother's residential program.