The NWMO Supports Infant and Child Development in Huron-Kinloss
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was delighted to recently partner with Community Living Kincardine and District (CLKD) to expand its Infant and Child Development Outreach programs, including parent and child groups.
“The funding we’ve received from the NWMO has made it possible for Community Living’s Infant Development Program to expand our outreach programming to more of our rural communities, and to provide more frequent group activities,” said Jenny Raspberry, Infant and Child Development Coordinator for CLKD.
With support from the NWMO, a popular ‘Baby and Me Music Group’ was established by CLKD. This group meets monthly, and provides an inclusive setting to parents and tots to sing, dance, and play musical instruments. A recent class was held at RVilla Retirement Living in Ripley, where the older and younger generations spent time together singing and interacting with one another.
“Including the residents at RVilla adds a fun new dimension to the group and enriches the experience for each generation,” Ms. Raspberry said. “Research tells us that music is good for both the baby brain and the aging brain, and that the interaction between the groups is beneficial as well. We love visiting and singing with our RVilla friends.”
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.