Monday, 3 March 2014

Wall of Fame - celebrating our youth


It warms my heart when I hear of young people raising awareness about mental health, addiction and/or bullying. These are important issues that many of us have been impacted by, but we sometimes feel at a loss of what to do about them.

I am happy to tell you that there are many young people who have stepped up to make a difference. They work hard to raise awareness, stop the stigma, and make their schools and/or communities healthy and supportive places for all. These youth are leaders with compassion (what a great combination). I would like to recognize their efforts on this Wall of Fame.

To get this Wall of Fame started, I’d like to introduce you to our first group of leaders. They are the Stop the Stigma committee at Colonel Gray High School. I am proud to say that our daughter and four of her basketball teammates (who we think the world of) are members along with some other great students at the school.

Left to right: Victoria Barbour, Kendra Craswell, Isaiah Hood, Alex MacBain, Zach Geldart, Taylor Meek, Patty Nino-Esparza, Bailey Andrews. Missing: Ashley McGuigan and Julie McCabe

The Stop the Stigma committee raises awareness on mental health issues. To reach their goals, the students meet weekly, organize various activities, and raise money for the Kids Help Phone, among other things.    
A big thank you to these Colonel Gray students for making a difference.

Please help to grow this Wall of Fame in recognition of Island youth. If you are raising awareness in the area of mental health, addiction and/or bullying, and would like to be featured here, please send your photo and a short description of what you (or your group) are doing to behindtheaddiction@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!

Sincerely,
Rose

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