The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society and the Ministry of Children and Family Development were pleased to announce the appointment of Diana Elliott as the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDP) on August 18, 2003.
Diana is a Coast Salish-Cowichan Tribes band member who also has family roots from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth-West Coast Tribes. Diana has 15 years of experience in the Child and Youth Care field as well as in program management, the last ten years with the Cowichan Tribes Infant Development Program.
Diana understands the importance of learning in the early years of life and the benefits of family and parenting support. She appreciates the cultural teachings of her Elders and incorporates these into her daily work.
In accepting the position of Provincial Advisor for AIDP, Diana stated, “My first priority will be to work with all Aboriginal infant development programs to achieve a common vision for infant development that will result in a brighter future for our youngest resource, our children.” Diana also says in the next six months she will focus on making the AIDP Provincial Office “a useful, relevant and valuable resource” for the infant development and Aboriginal community.
As Provincial Advisor, Diana’s role will be to contribute to the overall coordination, training, resources and support for infant development programs and services to Aboriginal children and families in British Columbia. The Provincial Advisor is the key point of contact and provides expert advice, consultation, support, information, resources, coordination and leadership for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs and for Infant Development consultants practicing infant development with Aboriginal children and families. Other responsibilities include raising awareness and building capacity, strengthening partnerships and program and policy development.