Proposed learning centre hosts information meetings

NANAIMO – Aboriginal centre hosts community meetings for parents interested in enrolling children in a choice school.

Nanaimo Learning Centre, an aboriginal choice school, is hosting public information meetings for potential parents and students.

The meetings provide opportunities for people to hear about development plans for the school and have questions answered.

“This is a project we’re hoping to start in September, which is in essence an aboriginal choice school in the city,” said Chris Beaton, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre executive director. “We’re holding two community information meetings for parents or students interested in the learning centre model, finding out more information and asking some questions.”

Plans call for the learning centre include licenced childcare, early childhood education, a small school program possibly covering Grades K-3 or K-12 and child, youth and family programs.

The centre, which will be open to all children and families, will focus on 21st century learning, outdoor play, excellence, aboriginal culture and traditional languages.

The first of two meetings will be held Monday (April 7), 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Nanaimo, 20 Fifth St.

The final meeting is being hosted Thursday (April 10), 6:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Child Development Centre, 1135 Nelson St.

For more information, please contact Beaton at 250-753-6911 or via e-mail at