The Vancouver Reggio Association creates opportunities to explore, dialogue, reflect upon and advocate for the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Canadian Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy
It all started when a group of women had been together on the Canadian Study tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2002.
Book Club Formed
They wanted to continue the dialogue and the relationships that began during that tour and so they settled upon forming a book study group and chose Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners by Reggio Children and Project Zero as the first book. Many books related to the Reggio Approach followed over the years as they met once a month and engaged in spirited dialogue about the books, education, politics and philosophy and enjoyed delicious pot luck meals together.
Vancouver Reggio Consortium Society Established
In 2010, Laurie Kocher discussed her dream of bringing the Reggio exhibit, The Wonder of Learning, to Vancouver. The book club became the Vancouver Reggio Consortium Society.
The Wonder of Learning Exhibit
The Vancouver Reggio Consortium Society hosted The Wonder of Learning exhibit in Vancouver. With a small amount of money garnered after all the exhibit expenses were paid, they discussed how they could help the community continue to build on the interest and excitement from the exhibit and a new path emerged.
Re-branded as the Vancouver Reggio Association
In 2018, a name change to the Vancouver Reggio Association was voted upon by members but the association remains committed to facilitating events which deepen perspectives on the values and principles of the Reggio Approach through conferences, center tours and study group grants.