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SD70 Pacific Rim StrongStart Centres


StrongStart BC is a FREE interactive play opportunity for you and your children from birth to 5 years of age.   We would love to see you and your preschooler at one of our StrongStart Centres! 

Due to Covid-19, StrongStart is currently by appointment. Please contact a StrongStart Educator to request a visit. Thank-you for your patience as we operate with smaller numbers of families to keep everyone safe 

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StrongStart Update 

We are so excited to welcome back our StrongStart families! School District 70, Pacific Rim, is working hard to plan StrongStart visits this fall. We will prioritize safety for children, families, and staff. We are excited to welcome back our registered StrongStart friends with small groups and sign up procedures. Our StrongStart Centres in Ucluelet, Tofino and Port Alberni will begin with small family groups by appointment only three days a weekWe will not have drop in visits at this time.  

StrongStart Educators will begin contacting families to inquire if you are interested in a visit. Please be patient as we are starting with very small groups three days a week. The rest of our StrongStart Educators’ time will be spent supporting Kindergarten students, outreaching to families, and making sure the environment and procedures are as safe as possible.  

Neill Elementary will now have a StrongStart! We have moved the Alberni site to Neill into a beautiful new classroom.  Jennifer Penner can be reached at or at Neill at 250 723-8151. 

Ucluelet Elementary StrongStart will be temporarily relocated at the UAC Hall in Ucluelet. The UAC Hall will be home to StrongStart until January 2021. The new location helps with space needed for the school build project. Carolyn Langhelt can be reached at or at Ucluelet Elementary at 250 726-7793. 

Wickaninnish Community School and E.J. Dunn Elementary will be in the same fun locations. Contact Heather Fleming at or at Wickaninnish Community School at 250 725-3254. Claudine Brown can be reached at or at E.J. Dunn at 250 723-7522. 

Although, we will start with small groups in StrongStart, we hope to soon increase the number of families that can visit Unfortunately, currently we are unable to accommodate childcare centres. Our focus will be on our registered families.  If you are not registered, you can complete the registration form and arrange with your SS Educator to scan or drop off paperwork and documentation.  

StrongStart Registration Form 

Parents will be required to wear a mask and follow all safety protocols while inside StrongStart Centres. Student health checks will be completed prior to coming to StrongStart. If you are unable to make your appointment, please let us know so we can accommodate another family.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to your School StrongStart Educator or myself.  On behalf of the Early Years Team, we thank-you for your patience and look forward to seeing you soon.  

Stacey Manson  

District Principal      SD 70 Pacific Rim     250 720-1414 


StrongStart Centre 


Contact Info 

Neill Elementary  


Monday  - Friday  

8:38 – 11:38 

(250) 723-8151 


Dunn Elementary StrongStart  

Monday – Friday   

9:00 –12:00 

(250) 723- 7522 


Ucluelet Elementary StrongStart   

Monday – Friday    



(250) 726-7793 


Wickaninnish StrongStart 

Monday Friday 

8:45 – 11:45 


(778) 350-6123 


For further information, please contact Stacey Manson at (250) 720-1414 or at 


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia 

through the Ministry of Education.