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BC was one of the first provinces to embrace Roots of Empathy programs for elementary school children and BC co-piloted the Seeds of Empathy program for children 3-5 years old in childcare centres.

Since 2000, we’ve reached children in 81% of BC’s school districts, across all five health regions.

Click here to download Roots of Empathy’s history and impact in BC.

Fall 2023 Trainings

Interested in becoming a Roots of Empathy Volunteer Instructor? See training dates below:

  • Kelowna Tuesday October 17th to Thursday October 19th
  • Surrey Tuesday October 17th to Thursday October 19th

Contact Darcy for more details and to sign up:  dmorgan@rootsofempathy.org

British Columbia Children’s Art 


BC was one of the first regions to do research on Roots of Empathy.

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl of the University of British Columbia and Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership measured the efficacy of Roots of Empathy as a social emotional learning (SEL) program and found that teachers considered students in Roots of Empathy classrooms to be less aggressive and that students were more likely to say their peers exhibited prosocial behaviours.

For more information on our British Columbia programming, contact: 

Darcy Morgan