Welcome To Baby
Welcome to Baby is a children’s book that has been put together by a group of Community Services, LiveBetter including the Programs; Caring For Your Buraay and the Indigenous Advancement Strategy along with School as Community Centres in Dubbo the one situated at West Dubbo Public School and Buninyong Public School.
The idea started with a thought to hold a ceremony to Welcome Babies to Country, have a community gathering where children 36 months or less would receive a welcome in the form of a blessing from an Elder to country, culture and community to build a sense of belonging.
This has not been held yet and is set to happen on the 20th of September 2018 – this will have happened before the Conference and so photos and further information around this day will be shared if accepted during our presentation…..Each family will receive a native bush, blanket – made by community volunteers and donated for the event this was done through places such as The Smith Family and other community craft groups and individuals and the book- Welcome to Baby.
There is a place in the front of the book to place a Family Photo and these will be taken on the day by two photographers that have donated their time.
The book has been illustrated by a local artist who hand painted the pictures and the words put together by the Community Services involved with the help from an Editor friend from Sydney.
The book is a board book and is a perfect Welcome Story and momentous from the day, it too has just been sent to the publishers….very exciting and so will be available for viewing on the day of the conference (a copy for each attending the presentation even)
“This country is my country”……….”This journey is my Journey…come take my hand”
This book is a heartfelt, simple story that all involved are very proud of. The book captures the importance of community, culture and family in a child’s journey through life.
Jena Glover has been in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector for over 20 years with a great love for children and giving them the best start in life. Has now made the change to Community Services but still working with the 0-5 age group and creating great beginnings. Brooke Sullivan is a local Aboriginal artist born and raised in Dubbo.
Brooke enjoys working within community to help all children understand their link to Aboriginal culture through art. Brooke has been inspired by family and members of the Aboriginal community. This is the first book Brooke has illustrated.
Lorna Brennan was born in Scotland and practiced as a Land Economist for 4 years before emigrating to Australia. 10 years and 2 children later I retrained in Early Childhood working on a number of mobile Supported Playgroups before my current position as Local Facilitator of Buninyong School as Community Centre