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April 5, 2017

Congratulations to third-year students Allison Stewart, Ashley Brandon, Jahmoyia Smith, Yaxin Xiang, Denise Liu and Ryan Luo, winners of the Early Childhood Leadership 2017 'Dragons' Den' competition!

The business pitch-style competition took place Wednesday, March 29, 2017, as part of the course MGMT 7005, Managing ECE Projects. Four teams, led by student project managers, presented to community members and Fanshawe administration and faculty who acted as the 'dragons.' The team, led by Smith, was awarded a United Way Youth United Council grant for $500.

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The winning Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership student team. Left to right: Allison Stewart, Ashley Brandon, Jahmoyia Smith (team leader), Yaxin Xiang, Denise Liu, and Ryan Luo were the recipients of a United Way Youth United Council grant for $500. The funds will be used to implement their wellness-centred project, The Power of Play, in the kindergarten and grade one classes at Eagle Heights Elementary School in London this November.

"This is an interprofessional learning experience reinforcing the practice of 'paying back' to the community," says professor Celine Bourbonnais-MacDonald. "It was a close competition as all the teams presented excellent projects."

The $500 grant money will support the students' project, The Power of Play, an event designed to promote healthy physical activity while building new relationships between students from JK to grade one, their families and the community. The project will be implemented at Eagle Heights Elementary School in November 2017 by second-year students in the Recreation and Leisure program.

"The concept behind The Power of Play is to support children and their families in understanding how play and playfulness can contribute to overall well-being," Bourbonnais-MacDonald explains. "Many of the children and their families are new to London, coming from around the world, including many from Syria right now. The administration of Eagle Heights and the parent council are extremely supportive, and have already started working alongside the students to make this a reality."

In addition to Fanshawe faculty in the School of Human Services, the following community partners also acted as 'dragons' to help judge the student pitches: Ashley Thorne, Rebecca Day and Emily Moyer (United Way Youth United Council); Jordan McCormick (parent, Eagle Heights School Council); and Liz Moore (Vice Principal, Eagle Heights).