On October 17th the DLC held an event to launch the new Mental Wellness 30 course which began with the exciting announcement of a $100,000 donation by the RBC Foundation. “We recognize the importance of mental well-being on a young person’s ability to achieve success and their success directly impacts the strength of our schools, workplaces and communities. We are delighted to see Mental Wellness 30 reach more youth across Saskatchewan,” said Annette Sabourin, Regional Vice President, RBC. Many thanks to @RBC for this important contribution which will benefit so many students across the province.
Over 300 students and guests attended as mental wellness advocate Allan Kehler took the stage, followed by a panel discussion led by DLC Mental Wellness 30 teacher Elaina Guilmette and speakers Alexis Epp, Lillian Brightnose and Brad Siroski. Each panel member courageously shared their own experiences with mental health challenges and then took questions from the audience.
Special guests included Minister of Rural Remote Health Warren Kaeding, Interim Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth Mary McFadyen and Director of Advocacy, Research and Public Policy Development for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatchewan Division Rebecca Rackow, and Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Gord Wyant, who told the students, “It is a privilege to attend this event and to hear from students who have overcome mental health challenges and are now helping others do the same. Mental health is an important issue and our government is proud to support initiatives like the Mental Wellness 30 course.” Many thanks to everyone who made time in their busy schedules to celebrate with us.
A big thank you goes out to the Kenaston community members who volunteered to help us with the snack break and the 28 community members who donated treats for the break. The students had an amazing selection to choose from!
For more information on our Mental Wellness 30 course, contact DLChelp@sunwestsd.ca.