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April Update for our Neighbours

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Here are a few things taking place at the school in the coming weeks which may be of interest!  

1. Presentation: Supporting Children with ADHD
April 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Denford Hall (admission is free and all are welcome!) You are invited to listen to a presentation by Dr. Duff who will share with attendees what ADHD is, how it presents in children, and what parents can do at home to support their child with ADHD. 

Dr. Duff Bio: Dr. Duff is a registered psychologist and specializes in intervention and assessment with youth and adults. He has worked with thousands of people through his graduate training, private practice, and employment, including at a local children’s rehabilitation hospital, school districts, and a national mental health association. In addition to young people and adults, he has specialized experience working with parents, teachers, police, military, first responders, and physicians. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Duff has conducted and published research on the most effective ways to assess for and treat psychological problems and is a peer reviewer for several professional journals.

2. Book Drive for Local Literacy
Round Square is excited to announce the GNS Book Drive for Local Literacy 2024 in support of the Times Colonist Literacy Society’s annual book sale. Running until April 19, we are collecting gently used books for donation. Neighbours can drop off their contributions in the Reception area of Denford Hall. Donated books will be sold at the Times Colonist Annual book sale on May 4 and 5 with proceeds going to support school libraries and local literacy initiatives here on Vancouver Island.  Please consider looking around for books you no longer use or have previously read that could use a new home, in support of a great cause!

3. Personal Emergency Preparedness – Are you ready?

GNS wants to know if we host an Emergency Preparedness workshop, would you be interested in attending? Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Doug Clarke, City of Victoria Fire Department Emergency Management Community Liaison, and learn critical information about what to know in an emergency situation.
Doug will cover the following:
– Local Hazards
– How to stay informed
– How to prepare and why to be prepared
– The importance of your community connection
It’s more than simply learning about how to build an emergency kit, it’s why you have one and what to expect following disasters both big and small.

Doug is available to present weeknights and weekends. If this is something you would like us to bring to the school on behalf of the community, please let us know and what days and times work best. Also, please let me know if you have other suggestions for a speaker or a topic you would like covered. 

4. Slower Speeds mean Safer StreetsWe Go Slow Lawn Signs

To help everyone get where they are going safely, the City of Victoria is reducing speed limits on all local streets from 50 kilometres per hour to 30 kilometres per hour. Slower speeds help reduce the frequency and severity of crashes and contribute to quieter, more livable neighbourhoods. If you are interested in having one of these signs on your lawn, please contact GNS at and we will drop one off to you at your residence.