Giving students a voice in promoting mental health and wellbeing in their schools is the theme of two Student Wellness Conferences, scheduled for this month.
“Our students have an important role to play in helping to make our schools places of wellness,” says Deb Crawford, Superintendent of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. “We want to hear from them as we develop ways in which to promote wellness and healthy living in our schools.”
Two Wellness Conferences – one for secondary students and another for elementary students – are being held this month. Both events will feature former St. Christopher Catholic Secondary School graduate Dan Edwards, who suffered a spinal cord injury, which left him paralyzed. Edwards is a motivational speaker, whose profound message for students is that the world is filled with opportunities to help make a difference in the lives of other people.
In addition, Charles Mair, a representative from UNITY Charity will participate in the days’ events. UNITY Charity engages and empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities. The organization works with young people to implement school and community programs, which help them to positively express their feelings and develop skills for success, leading to safer schools and healthier communities.
“Throughout the day, our students will provide thoughts on wellbeing and then create an action plan for their schools,” says Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead for St. Clair Catholic and organizer of the days' events. “We are excited to hear what they have to say!”
In the photo above, Dan Edwards (front row centre) and Charles Mair (back row centre) pose with students from Ursuline College and St. Patrick's Catholic High School at the Wellness Conference for secondary students at Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Port Lambton on Thursday, October 13th. The event for elementary students will be held in Port Lambton on Thursday, October 27th.