Children’s entertainer and motivational speaker Judi Vankevich, known as Judi the Manners Lady, paid a visit to the Hay River Reserve last week, touching down at the Chief Lamalice Complex to teach children about the importance of respect and being polite.
“It was a last minute sort of thing, but it’s been good,” said April Martel, youth co-ordinator for the K’atl’odeeche First Nation. “She makes it fun and I think they’re learning a lot too.”
Children from the summer camp at Chief Sunrise School as well as those at the daycare were invited to participate in the interactive show. The songs and stories all focused on teaching good manners like saying “please” and “thank you,” as well as avoiding poor habits like wiggling, whining and being a messy eater.
“My favourite part was the monster song,” said Allora Martel. “It was fun.”
The bad manners monster song involved chasing the bad manners, including being messy and slobbering, away. Throughout the whole performance, kids were engaged with signs to carry and songs to learn, as well as some loot in the form of hats they got to keep.
Participants also learned a bit about cultural diversity, with Vankevich leading them through an activity to teach them how to say hello in multiple languages. Vankevich herself learned greetings in South Slavey for the occasion.
“I’ve been so excited to come to Hay River,” Vankevich told The Hub in a previous interview. “It just seems like such a unique place with such beautiful people.”
Vankevich came to Hay River for an appearance at the Christian camp in Paradise Gardens this month, but was pleased to branch out into the community while here.
“It’s great to have her,” said Martel. “We’re always looking for things to do with the kids and any time we can get a performer in that can also teach them good values, that’s a good thing.”