|May 18, 2023||Thursday||
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
VCC is excited to host our annual mental health and wellbeing event - Many Paths to Healing and Wellbeing. After 3 years, the event is returning to an in-person experience at the Broadway campus event space in building B. Students, staff, family and community members are encouraged to stop by between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to visit the tables, listen to music, enjoy cake, try Tai Chi, get a hand massage or sign up for one or more of the many workshops.
Please see the schedule below to try an activity and learn something new about the many diverse paths to healing and supporting our wellbeing.
|11:00am||Territorial acknowledgement and opening prayer, Elder John|
|11:10am||Welcome address by Ajay Patel, president & CEO, VCC|
|11:15am||Welcome by VCC student|
|11:20am||Live music by Theda Phoenix|
|11:30am||Cedar Bough Cleansing with Latash Maurice Nahanee - Rm 1227 (60 min)|
|12:00pm||Chair yoga session with Sandra Jara - Rm 1208 (30 min)|
|12:15pm||Sound healing with Theda Phoenix – Rm 1223 (30 min)|
|12:30pm||Bounce Back presentation with Matt Curtin - Rm 1205 (30 min)|
|12:30pm||Medicine wheel with Elder Jean – Rm 1231 (60 min)|
|1:15pm||Sound healing with Theda Phoenix – Rm 1223 (30 min)|
Born into the Wolf Clan of Tutchone and Tlingit (Dene Nation) in Whitehorse Yukon, Elder John has facilitated many VCC workshops in carving, paint/design and, drum and rattle making. He enjoys creating and making people happy with what he has learned.
Latash Maurice Nahanee
A proud member of the Squamish Nation, Latash has taught for over 20 years before starting their own consulting company to present on Truth and Reconciliation.
Elder Jean Wasegijig
An Elder in Residence at VCC and teaches Indigenous Perspectives in Continuing Studies. She is Bear Clan and Odawa First Nation from the Wikwemikoong Reserve in Ontario. She proudly holds the Spiritual Name of “Good Medicine Women”. Elder Jean is a member of the College Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee.
Theda is a sacred sound channel, intuitive singer, sound-healer, songwriter and recording artist whose enchanting voice, shamanic sounds and soul inspiring lyrics move people deeply, promoting wellness and transformation.
Since discovering yoga and meditation 25 years ago, Sandra enjoys understanding the relationship between body, mind and spirit. Sandra has been exploring yoga and meditation as a strengthening practice to self-care, dealing with adversities, generating loving feeling, as well as improving mental clarity and agility.
Matt is a Peer Support Worker at the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vancouver Fraser).