Ormstown’s mayor, Christine McAleer, had help from a few of the municipality’s youngest residents as she proudly raised the official flag celebrating Early Childhood Week at the town hall in a show of support for young children’s rights.
The small ceremony, which included representatives from the municipality and Une Affaire de Famille as well as several small children from the organization’s drop-in daycare service, was one of 400 flag raising activities that took place simultaneously across Quebec on November 20. The day is known internationally as World Children’s Day and is symbolic as it commemorates the date in 1959 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Thirty years later, on the same date, the UN General Assembly also adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Children have their place in our community,” said Gabrielle Limoges, the director of Une Affaire de Famille, who along with everyone else in attendance was wearing a small blue cloth square pinned to her jacket to help raise awareness about Early Childhood Week and the importance of doing more for small children.
McAleer reiterated the important role children play in the Ormstown community. “I really believe it takes a village to raise a child, and the municipality is trying to be involved in any way we can,” she explained.
The municipality of Saint-Anicet was also among the municipalities flying the Early Childhood Week flag last week.