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Danielle Alphonse

BC Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development

Danielle Alphonse

Building: 305 Room: 462, Nanaimo Campus
Phone: (250) 753-3245, Local 2354
E-mail: Danielle Alphonse
Web site: http://www.viu.ca/chairaecd/
Video with Linda McDonell, former BC Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTxZkHpcwOw

Danielle Alphonse, BC Regional Innovation Chair in Aboriginal Early Childhood Development

Danielle Alphonse Master's in Educational Leadership -VIU, BA in Child and Youth Care - UVIC, Early Childhood Education & Care Diploma - VIU

Danielle has worked for many years in Aboriginal Education in early childhood/child care settings (infants and toddlers), First Nations Education (FNED) in Victoria working with children in kindergarten as well as high school level students regarding cultural awareness, and as an Aborginal Supported Child Development Consultant (ASCD) at a Victoria agency providing services to urban Aboriginal families. Danielle is in her fourth year as the BCRIC for AECD and is working on a number of exciting community-based initiatives.


Research Activities:

Presentations and Seminars

  • D. Alphonse. (2017) “Aligning research & Indigenous Knowledge into Early Childhood Development Practice.” Presented at Engaging Families and Learning Communities by Success by Six. March 18, 2017.
  • D.Alphonse. (2017)” Aboriginal perspectives with Young Children” Presented at Oceanside Learning Together. Parksville, BC. February 21, 2017.
  • D. Alphonse, Manson, G.; Stuart, C.; Hobenshield, S. (2016).” Surfacing Tensions on the Path to Reconciliation. “Presented at the Maamwizing, Indigeneity in the Academy.L’universite a l’heure de la reconciliation, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, November 17, 2016.
  • D. Alphonse. (2016). “Developing, Learning and Growing with the QEQ transition year’s program. “Presented at the Gathering Strength and Nurturing Growth- Celebrating 20Years of Quality and Innovation, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, Vancouver, BC, November 11, 2016.
  • D.Alphonse and Grieve, S (2016). “Creating a Multi Aboriginal Cultural Space; Embracing Nature Based Learning through Play.” Presentation at the Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource and Referral Exploration and Discovery Conference, Sechelt, BC, October 22, 2016.
  • D. Alphonse. (2016). “Holistic Aboriginal Assessment Aboriginal Head Start Literature Review.” Presented to the Aboriginal Head Start Advisory, Vancouver, BC, (September 30, 2016.
  • D. Alphonse and Johnstone, C. (2016). “QEQ research project.” Presentation at the Reconciliation through Research: Fostering miyo-pimatisiwin CINSA, First Nations University, Regina, Saskatchewan, June, 22, 2016.
  • D. Alphonse and Grieve, S. (2016).” Supporting First Nations ECEC programs” Presentation at CUVIC Conference 2016  Reconciliation, Innovation and Transformation through Engagement, UVIC, Victoria, BC, April 29, 2016.
  • D. Alphonse. (2016). “QEQ Curriculum and Research” Presentation at the Qualicum Beach Early Years Conference, Qualicum First Nation, Qualicum Beach, BC March 11, 2016.
  • D.Alphonse and Grieve, S (2016). “Creating a Multi Aboriginal Cultural Space; Embracing Nature Based Learning through Play.” Presentation at the Sp’e’q’um Early Years Conference, UBC, Vancouver; BC, January 28, 2016.
  • D. Alphonse. (2015). “Indigenous Mindset.” Presentation at the 7th Healing Worldwide
  • Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. November 19, 2015.
  • D. Alphonse and Grieve, S. (2015). “Creating a Multi Aboriginal Cultural Space; Embracing Nature Based Learning through Play.” BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, Vancouver, BC. November 6, 2015.
  • D. Alphonse, Manson, G.; Stuart, C. (2015). “Seasons of Health and Healing.” Presentation at the Resilient Places,  Resilient Peoples Elders Voices Summit, Tsawout Nation, Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island, BC. September 19-22, 2015.
  • D. Alphonse. (2014). “Reflecting Reggio in Community: Interweaving Aboriginal Values.”
  • Presentation at the Infant Toddler Conference, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. November 15, 2014.
  • D. Alphonse. (2014). "Respectful Research in Indigeneous Communities." Presented at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, October 24, 2014.
  • D. Alphonse, S. Grieve and J.Gignac. (2014). ECCERS Training. Presentation at BC Aboriginal Head Start Annual General Meeting Conference, Hot Springs Cover. BC, June 22-25, 2014.
  • D. Alphonse and S. Grieve.(2014). Reflecting Reggio in Community. Presentation at UBC Okanagan 10th Annual Learning Conference, Kelowna, BC, May 8, 2014.
  • D. Alphonse, S. Grieve and J.Gignac. (2014). ECCERS Training. Presentation at BC Aboriginal Head Start Conference, Richmond. BC, January 22-25, 2014.
  • D. Alphonse. (2013). Indigenous Teachings and Respectful Research. Presentation at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, November 29, 2013.
  • D.Alphonse. S. Grieve and J.Gignac. (2013). ECCERS Training. Presentation at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, November 23, 2013.
  • D. Alphonse. (2013). Indigenous and Scholarship Series. Presentation at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, October 24, 2013.
  • McDonell, L. and D. Alphonse. 2013. Learning, Growing and Leading: An AECD Update on Current and Upcoming Projects. Presentation at the BC Aboriginal Infant Development Program Annual Provincial Meeting, Richmond, BC, February 18, 2013.
  • McDonell, L. and D. Alphonse. 2012. Learning, Growing and Leading. Presentation at the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society Conference, Richmond, BC, November 12, 2012.
  • McDonell, L. and D. Alphonse. 2012. Looking Back & Looking Forward: University & Aboriginal Community Collaborations (1993-2012). Presentation at the International Innovations in ECE Canadian Forum on Early Childhood Frameworks, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, July 13-15, 2012
  • McDonell, L. and D. Alphonse. 2012. BCRIC AECD Research in Philosophical and Management Frameworks. Presentation to the BC Aboriginal Infant Development Programs, Victoria, BC, March 31, 2012
  • McDonell, L. and D. Alphonse. 2012. “Family and Community” BCRIC for AECD overview and current projects Presentation at the Early Years Conference, Vancouver, BC February 3-4, 2012.
  • McDonell, L. and D. Alphonse. 2010-2011. Investigating Quality Project Learning and Sharing Circles, Participation in Sharing Circle, University of Victoria

 

Publications

  • Alphonse, D. Finnie, J, Hanson, S. James, F. Lewyn, J. (2016) Holistic Aboriginal Assessment Aboriginal Head Start Literature Review.” The literature review is to help inform the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC with their examination of the existing Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECER-R) tool. Culturally responsive the review includes three Elder interviews and examines research in United States of America, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • Freeman, M; and D.Alphonse 2014.”Need for Holistic Urban Aboriginal Educational Communities.” A literature review looking at models of BC independent schools incorporating First Nations education. Nanaimo: Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre.

  • McDonell, L; Alphonse, D. (2012). “Learning, Growing, Leading 2012: A summary of research conducted to investigate philosophical frameworks and management structures to guide the development of Aboriginal Early Childhood Development programs and services.

Teaching Skills/Leadership Experience

  • Currently teaching in the ECEC program at the Nanaimo Campus.
  • Taught ECEC to an Aboriginal student group at Vancouver Island University at Duncan campus, course delivery in lecture, question and answer lesson plans, assignment planning with students and preparation of exam material.
  • UCEP cultural assistant helped teachers with creating goals for students to encourage their success in their courses and helping with gathering/editing information for assignments.
  • Co taught ECEC 100 at Tsartlip with Linda McDonell - helped with marking and facilitating discussions around course curriculum.
  • Provided daycare for school-aged children encouraging First Nations cultural awareness and access to resources (Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Greater Victoria School District, Reynolds High School, and Tribal School Daycare).Assisted team leaders, ECE workers, support workers, and teachers with planning programming and implementing weekly psychoeducational, developmental and behavioral care plans; supporting individual education plans for children and youth in Greater Victoria School District, Reynolds High School, and Tribal School Daycare.
  • Organized family case planning with other professionals: social workers, foster parents, daycare staff, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health professionals, Aboriginal Mental Health professionals to create working plans for families and children in care.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia
  • Canadian Child Care Federation
  • BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
  • Antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women’s Network Girls

VIU and the BCRIC AECD Chair plan, with community support, to build on the work that was started in earlier consultations to ensure that community experience and knowledge will inform and advance educational opportunities at VIU for the professionals– in particular Aboriginal professionals – who will work in programs and agencies with Aboriginal children and families. “The focus of the chair will be on refining training programs that will enhance the capacity of individuals working within the community to work with children and families to support their growth and development,” says McDonell.
Among the goals of the chair are:

  • Contribute to improve the cultural and local relevance of educational programs for Aboriginal professionals.
  • Contribute to increase the number of well-trained Aboriginal professionals working with children and families in Aboriginal communities, organizations and agencies.
  • Support First Nations professionals to fill leadership positions in Aboriginal communities and academic and other institutions.
  • Positively influence the health and well being of children, families and community.

Updated: April 20, 2017