February 14, 2016

From Joanne Roussy, RBS President & Co-Founder

Dear friends,

Valentine’s Day is a special celebration for the Reading Bear. As she welcomed guests at a past event, Isabel Chen, RBS co-founder and director, noted the importance of spreading love across the city. I was struck at the time by the realization that I rarely hear the word “love” in academia. And I was inspired again, in an address last month by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, by her emphasis love is medicine, on how love is the fundamental requirement in providing care to children and youth. In this Valentine’s Day newsletter, with the spirit of love in mind, you will hear about the power of relationships from across the city. This same spirit brought the Reading Bear to travel to Africa this past fall via our Chair of Communications, Katrina Hsu. This newsletter also features her work and work of our communications team.

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 Our Communications Team

"A conversation just over two years ago led to the development of a whole new dimension of the Reading Bear Society."

Read more  from Dr. Ryan Melsom, RBS Director of Communications»

"Our RBS communications team has been hard at work improving how the Reading Bear is presented to the public."

Read more from Katrina Hsu, RBS Chair of Media & Communications»

Introducing Nadine Harding, RBS Social Media Strategist


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Introducing Chelsea Almadin, RBS Website Administrator


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Introducing Carlton Paniccia, RBS Video and Photography


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Introducing Christine Rowlands, RBS Editor   


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Introducing Agata Stefanowicz, RBS Graphic Design


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Valentine's Day at Lord Roberts School

Teacher Orientation 2015

MUS Clubs Night

UBC Medicine FLEX Fair

Kicking Off the School Year: Victoria Baronas

Intro Presentation at YHS: Katrina Dutkiewiscz

The RBS at UBC's start an evolution evening

Third Holiday Season Celebration

Valentine's Day Books and Bears for Mom2Mom


"It is very special when I see some of my Kindergarteners, who are new to Canada, willing to speak and practice English to their big buddies."

Read more from Mary Chow-Humphries, Kindergarten Teacher, Lord Roberts School »

"A highlight for us this year was the day we got to take our reading bears home.... I loved watching their faces, each and every one filled with joy"

 Read more from Julie Gelson, Kindergarten Teacher, Queen Alexandra School »

"What I have personally observed is the strong connection....The benefits to our students are immense."

 Read more from Cheryll Matthews, Principal, Queen Alexandra School »

"The Reading Bear program has played a significant role...not just in literacy but also in their social and emotional development."

Read more from Stephanie Chung, Kindergarten Teacher, Seymour School »


"I am passionate about the Reading Bear's cause and it was this passion that fuelled my energy when I conducted a book drive."

Read more from Amy Gill and Hirad Nourbaksh»

"If I am able to help one child learn to read or understand more vocabulary this year then this is a resolution worth striving for."

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"I brought the most simple and important aspect of the Reading Bear to this classroom in Africa: a bear and a book."

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Thank You to Our Donors

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Editor-in-Chief: Katrina Hsu
Co-Editor: Kay Fung
Editorial Consultant: Dr. Ryan Melsom

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