BC SPCA programs educate youth on animal welfare issues and help them develop empathy, compassion, and critical thinking skills. Kids who have high levels of empathy are less likely to be aggressive towards others, are more tolerant of differences, and are better equipped to deal with emotional challenges. The cross-curricular lessons developed by the BCSPCA incorporate fun, interactive lessons where students learn about animals by understanding their needs and similarities to humans. In this workshop, participants will take part in activities using animal themes to initiate an understanding of social responsibility and justice concepts, while meeting BC curriculum standards, which they can incorporate into their classroom learning. They will have the opportunity to sign up for free BCSPCA education materials and learn about presentation options.
After completing her B.A. and M.A at Vancouver Island University and Simon Fraser University, Olivia Bancroft has worked as an English Teacher, instructor, teaching assistant, and has been employed as a Regional Humane Educator with the BC SPCA since 2018.
After completing her B.A. and B.Ed. at the University of Victoria, Blaire Sigson has worked as a tutor, classroom teacher, and has now been employed as a Regional Humane Educator with the BC SPCA since 2016. In these roles, she has worked with students from Kindergarten to High School, with a wide range of learning abilities and behavioural challenges. As a Regional Humane Educator for the BC SPCA, she is able to use her passion for education and animals to develop curriculum linked units for K-12, deliver engaging workshops for students and educators, and has witnessed empathy, critical thinking and social responsibility flowing naturally from the animal connection.