The theme for the March 8, 2013 was 'reuse' featuring speaker Natacha Beim, which was a perfect choice for International Women's Day. The event was made possible through the support of our presenting partner Kirk Marketing and ongoing support of GDC/BC, Dodson House, and tech partner Fusion Cine.

Natacha Beim is a renowned writer, speaker and educational leader. Born in Uruguay and raised in Montréal, Canada, she has traveled extensively and studied several countries’ educational approaches. She now resides in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons. She is the Founder and CEO of Core Education & Fine Arts (cefa.ca), and divides her time between research, writing and speaking engagements.

Beim has many accomplishments to her name: She wrote a poetry book at the age of sixteen, which got published and was sold out; She speaks three languages fluently and understands two more; She twice took two years in one in high-school, graduating two years sooner; and excelled in many areas, including as a teacher, ballerina, model, journalist, painter, writer, actress (theatre) and runner. Although she devotes some of her time to these interests, her passion, and most of her time, is in the cefa junior kindergarten schools she created, which continue to expand rapidly throughout North America.

Natacha spoke about the role creativity played in her career as an early childhood educator, entrepreneur and mother.

A few notable comments (paraphrased) by Natacha:

"Be persistent and ask 'why not?'"

"If every child is creative, what happens when they become adults? School!"
"All schools can and must be creative environments."
"If education can be better, make it better. Why wait for governmental bodies to implement change?"
"Before dumping knowledge into your kid's mind, think about how they are going to reuse it in their lives."
"Creativity is a habit that must be cultivated."
"Over prepared kids lead to underprepared adults"
"Creativity is mastering a discipline while having the freedom to make it happen in your own way."
"Parents should allow children the time to be creative."
"We need creative thinkers. Facts won't solve the problems of the world."

Our April 5, 2013 event theme will be “The Future” with, presented by Kirk Marketing. Ticket registration will begin at 11am on Monday, April 1st at creativemorningsvancouver.eventbrite.com.

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