Cultivating Captains

This October, Kw’umut Lelum will be offering a new Workshop, called Cultivating Captains, that will help our children (in care and in our community) to learn leadership skills alongside their peers.

Former Vancouver Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit and Olympic gold medal skier Ashleigh McIvor will help teach lessons of self-respect, self-discipline, good communication, team-building and resiliency. Ashleigh and Jay will be supported by a panel of local aboriginal athletes to help draw appropriate cultural connections and teachings. The Workshop will combine lessons from sport and Coast Salish traditions, using activities, games and group discussions. In keeping with our traditions we will also be sharing a meal.

This Workshop is available for free on a first-come-first-serve basis to all children aged 12-18 in our nine member nations. We are offering 3 different dates and locations:

Wednesday October 21st: Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo)

To be held in either the new gym or the community kitchen

Thursday October 22nd: Halalt (Chemainus area)

To be held in the Halalt gym

Friday October 23rd: Malahat

To be held in the Cultural Centre

If you are interested in registering a child for one of the events, click here. You will be taken to the online registration form which includes a quick survey to be completed by the child to help them identify their strengths as leaders (and to help us better structure the program to meet their needs).

We are also looking for caregivers to help with each session. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Thea Hitchcock.


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