In memory of Françoise Roy

We are saddened by the passing of Françoise Roy (1924-2021), in La Pocatière, Québec. She embraced life and will be missed by all who knew her. Françoise had a long successful teaching and family counseling career. She was a pioneer in applying the Goodenough (draw-a-person) test, when helping children and their families. Françoise had been an early inspiration in creating our Collection. Her insights will continue to inspires us always. As a modest tribute to her, below is a drawing, published for the first time, by a child she had assisted. We can see her own handwriting notes, taken just after conversing with the child.

My family, c1982. Source: CDIC-CIDE, fonds Françoise Roy.

International Archives Week 2021

The International Council of Archives is holding its annual international awareness campaign this week, and celebrating International Archives Day on June 9th. The timing and this year’s theme “Empowering Archives” suit us perfectly, as we are participating in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge this month, as well as launching our own annual campaign starting on International Archives Day.

We urge you to make a donation, so that we can continue to grow and get fully prepared for the post-pandemic. Make sure to visit the multilingual online activities presented by the ICA between June 7-11th, International Archives Week#IAW2021. We cannot stress enough that each and everyone of us can play a part in the preservation family and professional archives, for the benefit of future generations.

International Archives Week banner. Source: ICA.org, 6 June 2021.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Throughout the month of June, our organization takes part in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. This country wide campaign is facilitated by our fundraising partner CanadaHelps, who will award a substantial prize to one of the participating charities. Your donation can make a huge difference for us. Please visit our online Donation Form and help us grow, thrive and save as many artefacts as possible from oblivion.

Children’s Design International Collection is an educational archives that focuses on children’s drawings and expression. Through our Collection, Conservation and Education programs, we aim to foster understanding of how children see themselves and the world. Please make a donation today.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge, 2021. Source: CanadaHelps.

Celebrating all volunteers

The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the the first International Year of Volunteers. As a member of Volunteer Canada, our Collection joins thousands of organizations in celebrating the National Volunteer Week and expressing our appreciation for volunteers who help our organization thrive. Thumbs up to all volunteers from every generations around the globe!

Along with other initiatives, Volunteer Canada had the superb idea to include a coloring activity in its celebration kit. Share your enthusiasm about volunteering with the younger generation and make it culturally relevant, as it should be. You can also come up with your own illustration about volunteering. Please share it with us!

The value of one, the power of many. Source: Volunteer Canada, 18 April 2021.

CDIC welcomes new directors

Our organization is pleased to announce that three new directors have joined us. Dilshani Ranaraja, Maya Grubisic and Terri Register bring with them an array of skills and a common enthusiasm for our mission. They bring their respective expertise that will help the Collection to continue its steady growth and initiate much needed partnerships and continue database development. Welcome Dilshani, Maya and Terri!

CDIC promptly adopted its structuring policies, in its very first year of activities. Our volunteer program is already two years. We cannot thank enough our founding members, Alain, Andrée and Liliane for taking the leap in 2018 and leaving their indelible mark on CDIC.

Two Suns, detail, c1974. By Léo. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org.

Our website in 2020

Our website hit the 100K hits just in time for the new year. With close to 14 000 visits by people from every continents, we have much gratitude for our social media volunteers. They helped us getting the word out and fed discussions about the importance of our collection.

We would like to hear from you about topics that would interest you in the coming year. If you have an article or a blog post that you would like us to publish, by all means share.

CDIC-CIDE website in 2020. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org

Join our board of directors

Children’s Design International Collection (CDIC) is currently seeking candidates to fill a position on its board of directors. Individual with strategic planning, decision making, financial, communication or language skills are all encourage to reach out to us. The position is for a two year mandate.

It is a key responsibility for our organization, however the level of time commitment is not high, we plan to hold three to five meetings per year, all online. Distance should not refrain you from applying or recommending someone. The position is volunteer, the board is small and so is our program volunteer team at this point. We are a young organization, come grow with us. See this call for nominations and simply email us for details at info@cdic-cide.org.

Peace on Earth, by Yvon, c1966. Source: CDIC-CIDE.org

Make a donation, take action

By November 20th, make a donation, make a pledge and take action. For the second year, we began our fundraising campaign in June on the International Archives Day. Our campaign closes on World Children’s Day. Celebrate with us this important date in the United Nation‘s and our calendars.

Your generous donation will help us make postage paid envelops available to families and make it easier for them to send us their contributions to the Collection. Our plan is to make envelops available in schools, libraries and community events, where our volunteers can meet the community and new contributors. Added to our existing bookmarks and flyers, this will complete our contributor’s kit. Make your donation online and make more mail contributions possible.

Crazy Hair Day, by Sahana, 2020. Source: CDIC-CIDE.

Pumkin, I “live” you

Among our recent entries from a young mom and her children, were a few Halloween related images. They just arrived and we did not have time to process them all yet. Admittedly, the pandemic is also slowing us down a bit these days and months.

It is however impossible not to share right away, this one by Sahana, with an irresistibly poetic title. Just in time for the big scare, with resilience.

Pumkin I live you, by Sahana, 2020. Source: CDIC-CIDE.

Show me the wind

Early in 2020, we were made to explain to children, why a virus that we could not see was forcing us do so many things differently. Months go by and we need to keep this conversation going. It is important to continue the discussion with children and among adults, about what we are collectively going through and how we feel about it.

They draw themselves, the family, the family pet, the nearby trees, street traffic and maybe the virus too. Did you ask your child to draw the wind yet? Please do, and take this opportunity to continue a conversation about what our eyes cannot readily see. A much useful conversation about what is invisible but real, as opposed to what is invisible and indeed does not exist. Make sure to conclude this conversation with safety measures and the cooperation needed to keep COVID-19 at bay.

See how your child can figure out how to draw the wind. After the drawing is made, watch together how others have done it. Visit the playlists we are compiling on our newly created Youtube channel. We just bookmarked this one minute video showing one way to draw the wind.

How to draw the wind, by How to for kids. Source: Youtube, 18 October 2020.