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WINDS OF CHANGE 2nd ANNUAL WELLNESS GATHERING – OCTOBER 20, 2011
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The focus of the Second Annual Wellness Gathering scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Pemberton and District Community Centre in Pemberton from 11:00am to 7:00pm. is centred on youth health and wellbeing. 

The event kicks off with a motivational speaker, Kevin Brooks, who will address students from Mount Currie, D’Arcy and Pemberton on how quickly life can change with just one decision, with the hope of motivating them to make better, smarter moment-to-moment decisions. A combination of alcohol and poor decision-making resulted in a car crash that left Kevin paralysed and his best friend dead. Kevin, who was a typical active young person who loved to skateboard, snowboard and play hockey, could have surely given up. But as his presentation will reveal, Kevin has ‘found his way’ to inspire people of all ages to value life in a profound new way. Kevin tells us “a huge theme in my talk is finding a way to make healthy choices; not drink and drive; overcome obstacles; achieve your goals or dreams…overall, my message is very uplifting and positive, aimed to inspire youth to appreciate life and make good choices".

A catered lunch and the recognition awards ceremony will be held after the key note address. Following this, free workshops begin at 1:00pm and run until 7:00pm on a range of topics from Addiction, Nutrition, Diabetes Prevention, Social Bullying, Career Counselling, Language, and Reflexology. A Wellness Show will run from 3pm to 7pm in the Great Hall and host a wealth of displays, products and resources by organizations and small businesses involved in the local Health and Wellness industry. Throughout the Wellness Trade Show, Active Living Demonstrations will be presented every half hour showcasing health inducing and fun activities like Zumba, yoga, tai chi, belly dancing, karate, and more! Free geocaching demonstrations will be occurring at set intervals, whereby participants can learn how to use their GPS or smart phone to discover outdoor hidden treasures. In addition, Vancouver Coastal Health will offer an onsite, discrete Depression Screening Clinic throughout the afternoon. And the nearby Pemberton Youth Centre will open their doors to offer tours of their facility starting at 3 pm. Passports will be distributed, and young people who attend three or more sessions throughout the day will be eligible to enter draws for alluring prizes like skateboard, lunch and paint ball gift certificates. Lisa Pedrini, Event Coordinator notes, “we are basically taking over the entire Community Centre that day to promote health and wellness to youth, but we will have workshops and demos of interest to all ages. And the best part is everything is free!”

More information can be found at www.pemberton.ca / www.lilwat.ca, or contact wellnessgathering@hotmail.com

MORE ABOUT Winds of Change

The Winds of Change is a collaborative public policy initiative of the Lil’wat Nation and Village of Pemberton. The objective is to reduce the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on our communities through awareness, advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives. The Winds of Change Steering Committee has representation from the Village of Pemberton, Mount Currie Band, Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, RCMP, Sea to Sky Community Services, Mount Currie Health Care Centre, Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police, Youth Mental Health, School District #48, Xit’olacw Community School, N’Quatqua Band, Pemberton and Mount Currie Youth Leaders, and a nominee from the Community at Large.

The Winds of Change Vision Statement is:

We are neighbours, friends and relatives working together to reduce the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol on our communities. We respect our differences and find strength in the common goal of a healthy and safe environment for our children and families.

Media Contacts: Lisa Pedrini, Winds of Change Event Coordinator
wellnessgathering@hotmail.com
lisa.s.griffith@gmail.com 
(604) 894-0180