By Trish Dunn
Valemount Secondary School students celebrated the wrap-up of Mental Health Month with a Balancing our Minds Mental Health Summit sponsored by a grant from the Canucks for Kids Fund and held at the school on Friday, May 28, 2021. Activities included: Equine Assisted Learning with Tamara Cinnamon, tie dying of t-shirts (screen printed by principal Derrick Shaw) with Emily Banks and Laura Smith, baking healthy cookies with Amy Pawliuk and Rebecca Wylie to learn nutrition and mental health, yoga with Donalda Beeson, yoga mat decorating with Dr. Kat Godlewski and Heather Whalen, basketball and volleyball with teacher Nick Hannah, and a starfish room just to chill out with teacher Shauna Whetter. The students also coloured and painted tiles for a mural for the school office designed by student Alex Markham, facilitated by teachers Cam Wallace and Karen Doughty. Students signed up for workshops and all school staff who were present on Friday participated along with them in different capacities, including with pinatas at lunch time and a draw for prizes from the Canucks and mental health awareness charity, Jack.org.
This event has been in the works since last year by Shirley Giroux with the help of Emily Banks and the V-Crew members. Also with the help from the Canadian Junior Rangers, and RVCS.