February 20th: BC Lions Football Players led a “Be More Than a Bystander – Break the Silence on Violence Against Women” assembly at school today and the GISS Peer Counsellors were chosen to be their focus group, so we had another hour with them talking about ways in which peers can set the example for peers in their consideration of others.
Here is the CONNECTING GENERATIONS Update November 2017, our Fall update of activities under the umbrella of Connecting Generations!
Home Words: Writing in Community
- Experience the transformative power of personal story telling.
- Learn to facilitate multi-generational writing groups.
Facilitators’ training starts in September. 18 community members ranging in age from 14 to 70 will meet for 8 workshops during the Fall followed by a 4 week supervised practicum in the Spring.
The project is a collaboration between Connecting Generations and the Salt Spring Arts Council and funded by the B.C. Arts Council’s Arts-Based Community Development program.
The first Wellness Summit took place at GISS on Thursday February 16th. 47 facilitators offered 37 different workshops on topics ranging from Mindfulness and Depression to Collage, Comedy, Music and Painting , from “What is Happiness?” to Running, Aikido and Dance. The summit was organized by Leadership students for all students attending GISS under the guidance of Leadership teacher Nikita Pardiwala and with the support of the Connecting Generations program.
On February 16th a youth-led, all day, all school Wellness Summit is taking place. 40 facilitators of 34 workshops will be sharing personal stories of how they overcame challenges, addressing difficult subjects, inviting discussion, offering suggestions and showing how through conversation and connection we can each of us find our own capacity for wellness. Through the generosity of Coast Capital, Country Grocer on Salt Spring, the District Parent Advisory Committee, the Local Action Team and the GISS PAC, we will be able to cover travel/accommodation costs of those who are coming from off island, offer a lunch for everyone in attendance and an honorarium for those who are not facilitating a workshop as part of their work. We appreciate enormously the support of the Salt Spring Community Services, VIHA and all who are making this big event possible!
Connecting Generations was invited to have a booth at the Volunteer Fair at the public library on October 14th. 3 volunteers signed up and representatives of other organizations inquired about possible collaborations.
The wet stormy weather was no hindrance to the enthusiasm of those in attendance!