Nelson to Uganda Trip

From one of our Wildflower Parents:

Hello friends – I wanted to share some exciting news about a “Nelson to Uganda trip” that a group of Wildflower families is dreaming into being. I’m the Founder and Director of a school, clinic and birthing centre in central Uganda…..and my daughters are fortunate to be Wildflower students.   We are joining hands with Nicole & Hugo, Grant & Ember and Lisa & Evan to plan a trip to the village of Banda Kyandaaza in January 2019, and would like to extend an invitation for more families to join us.  The focus of the trip will be to connect with the children of Banda, share talents, explore the natural beauty of Africa and fundraise in support of equal access to compassionate healthcare and education.  The trip will be a unique opportunity to expand awareness, practice cultural humility and learn together.

If this sounds interesting to you, please contact me at 250 551 7556 or by email at  The group is meeting again at the end of November so please forward this email to family, friends and neighbors who might be interested.   You can also check out the Sunrise website to learn more about our work and the community of Banda  Weebale nyo, nyo (thank you very much)!!

Nicole Van Seters



Community Connect Day

Community Connect Day is a marketplace of FREE services, activities and resources for anyone in the community who is struggling to makes ends meet. It is a day that recognises we can take a community approach to help one another in Nelson. Organizers are extending a warm welcome to community members to come out and enjoy this family-friendly event.

Are you living in Nelson and struggling to make ends meet? Does the approaching winter weather have you wondering how you’re going to pay for a needed coat or boots? Have you been putting off vision testing or a dental check up, or that needed adjustment or care for your back, or the pet’s worsening condition because you just haven’t the money to deal with it? Are you wondering what service in town can help with the health or housing or employment or personal issue you or your family are facing? The 9th Annual Community Connect Day may be what you need!

Services include:
– Free Café!
– Dental check ups & referrals
– Eye check ups & referrals
– Health check ups & info
– Foot care, glucose tests & blood pressure taken
– Hep C/HIV info & services
– Childcare for appointments
– Haircuts! Hair & Body care items!
– Massage, Chiropractor, Reiki, & Reflexology
– Veterinary consultations & referrals (NO PETS please!) (thanks to Selkirk Animal Hospital!)
– Kids activity area, arts, crafts & face painting, and a fire truck!

– Housing search support/info
– Advocacy services & info
– Women & domestic violence services & support
– Employment services & info
– Indigenous services & info
– Youth services
– Family & Early Childhood services/info…
& much more!

There will be so many giveaways:
– Winter Coats – Coats 4 the Koots! (thanks to Valhalla Pure!)
– Winter Boots! ShoeBank Canada
– Socks! Winter accessories!
– Wellness packages!
– Door prizes!

This year it takes place on Saturday, November 19th from 10am to 3pm at Central School Gym (access off of Ward & Mill Streets). It is hosted by the Nelson Committee on Homelessness – a group of over 20 service providers, but it is the involvement of dozens of professionals, businesses and volunteers that makes it such a special event.

Community Connect Day


After School Program? Friday and Pro-D Day programs?

Kootenay Kids Society is a not-for-profit community organization that offers a wide range of programming for children and families.

They are looking into starting an Active After School Program as well as an Active Full Day Friday (for Wildflower & Homeschool Parents) and Full day Pro D Day Program. This program will be focused on spending quality, structured and unstructured time inside and outside with your child. Continue reading “After School Program? Friday and Pro-D Day programs?”


Basic Human Needs Fundraising Event

This event has been organized by some families at Wildflower school to raise money for a school in Varanasi, India.  This school was started over a decade ago by two Canadians.  This school provides education, nutritious food, shelter, and medical aid to children who live on the streets.  Any donations over 20$ will receive a tax receipt. Come out for a fun evening with your family and bid on some of the many amazing things that have been donated by our community for this charity. Please spread the news! Continue reading “Basic Human Needs Fundraising Event”


Summer Kids Clay Camps

Summer Kids Clay Camps –  ages 7-14 years, any level of experience!
Time: 10am-12pm Monday to Friday for one week.
Cost: $175 includes all materials and firing.
June 19-23, or June 26-30.
Hand building, sculpture, and wheel throwing. Small class sizes, register early as space is limited. Contact Kathi Hofmann or phone 250-352-3209


Provincial Debate Tournament

Congratulations to Suki and Willa who participated in a the ‘Law Foundation Cup’, a Provincial debate tournament held in Burnaby last weekend. As a team, they placed 2nd in the province in the Novice age category. Outstanding!
Two former WFMS students, Riley and Harlan, also participated in the tournament. Way to go, everyone!

Robo Games are Coming!

Get ready for a robot competition like no other. Through experimentation and mentoring, youth throughout the region learn how to design, build and program robots that they will enter into the annual RoboGames with the ultimate champion awarded with bragging rights.

RoboGames is open to all youth ages 6 to 18 from four school districts within the West Kootenay/ Boundary region. Youth in teams of up to two people will be supported with six to eight weeks of robotics programming and circuit training culminating with competition in the RoboGames event at Selkirk College Castlegar Campus, Gym on April 29.

The West Kootenay RoboGames is entering its 6th year of competition. Registration is now open until February 28 with a fee of $20 per team member.

More info can be found at and RoboGames

Check out the photos from last year!


Pink T-Shirt day February 22, 2017

It is so important that victims of bullying know they are not alone and there is help and support available. Wearing a pink shirt on this day sends a strong message to them that others care. Often, the simple act of wearing a shirt can start conversations – conversations can be a big step towards healing and helping!

Each year, on Pink T-Shirt Day, I encourage all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Take the message and remember it all year long.