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It takes a village to raise a child… and in our valley, it takes neighbouring communities to nurture healthy families. The Winds of Change Committee presents the Second Annual Wellness Gathering and Recognition Event on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Pemberton and District Community Centre in Pemberton from 11:00am to 7:00 p.m.

A highlight of the event is the Winds of Change Recognition Awards Ceremony. Seven awards will be presented during lunch to individuals and organizations that contribute to our collective goal of a healthy and safe environment for our children and families. The seven awards are divided into four categories: The North Wind – Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices; The South Wind – Increasing Awareness; The East Wind – Improving Services; and The West Wind – Community Leadership and Responsibility.

“This is the culmination of a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes every day,” said Winds of Change Steering Committee Chair, Sheldon Tetreault. “It’s our chance to share and celebrate everything good and positive about our communities. It proves what successes we can have by working together – Lil’wat, Pemberton, Area C, and N’Quatqua – all of us moving towards a common vision of healthier communities.”

The Selection Committee is calling for nominations from all communities. Nomination packages can be picked up from the Village of Pemberton or Lil’wat Nation Band office or downloaded from their websites (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD), or from any committee member. Completed forms can be emailed to bfalloon@pemberton.ca or wellnessgathering@hotmail.com or dropped off at the Village of Pemberton or Lil’wat Nation Band offices.

Look around your community at the many people who give every day to the well-being, health and safety of everyone, and take the time to recognize that individual, organization or program which has made a difference to our community.

Last year the Selection Committee received forty-two nominations for the seven awards available. Awards were presented as follows:

The North Wind – Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices (Individual, Area C): Rebecca Barley
The North Wind – Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices (Individual, Mount Currie): Casey Gabriel
The North Wind – Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices (Individual, Pemberton): Karen Tomlinson
The South Wind – Increasing Awareness (Organization): Pemberton Public Library, Shannon Ellis
The East Wind – Improving Services (Organization): Sea to Sky Community Services, Lois Wynne
The West Wind – Community Leadership and Responsibility (Individual): Cedric Jones
The West Wind – Community Leadership and Responsibility (Organization): Pemberton Girl Guides, Katie Paulet & Cherie LeBlanc

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:

Sheldon Tetreault, Winds of Change Steering Committee Chair
sheldon.tetreault@gmail.com
(778) 886-2640