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VCC Mental Health and Wellbeing Day Event

Date Day Time Location
May 18, 2023 Thursday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Broadway campus
Try an activity and learn something new about the many diverse paths to healing and supporting our wellbeing

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. 

Time Activity
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)
1:45pm Closing comments 

Presenter bios

Elder John

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 Phoenix

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.

Sandra Jara

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 Curtin

Matt is a Peer Support Worker at the Canadian Mental Health Association (Vancouver Fraser).