We are so proud of our students’ leadership successes! They have an article glowing about their deeds in the Burnaby Now! Link to the Burnaby Now article. The magic of community programming is what happens a few years down the line…when kids that once partook in programming are now leading that programming and acting as shining examples of healthy members of a community!
Last year with the help of the Passion Foundation and Loretta Cella, 16 of our Byrne Creek girls participated in the Passion Project leadership training series. As a part of these workshops a final community project or initiative is encouraged. The project is completely developed, created, and completed the youth who participate for their peers. It’s an opportunity for them to showcase their leadership skills, develop new skills, and give back in a lasting way.
This is the video that our Byrne Creek students created over the summer. Check it out here. This video highlights the negative voices girls have about themselves based on outside influences and what its like to Change the Tape.
The girls will continue with this program into the fall as they begin to develop Girl’s Leadership Workshops for our feeder elementary schools.
I recently received a gift from Byrne Creek’s Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Chair Janet Reid. It is a gorgeous First Nations art piece that I love! It is called, The Parent Voice: Connecting for the Future.
I went to put the artwork up in my office the other day and noticed the artist’s interpretation of the painting. It was a moment where I realized that the painting is a perfect fit for the path that we have charted in developing our community school model here at Byrne Creek:
“The Parent Voice: Connecting for the Future design encapsulates the elements of sharing, connection, growth and leadership which also run parallel to the mutual understanding and desire to sustain and brace a well balanced and healthy future.
The Man and Woman symbolize the sharing of their words, wisdom and cultural teachings with love and respect. The Eagles symbolize power of Great Spirit, courage, freedom and the capacity of bridging worlds. The Salmon symbolize the power of instinct, determination, intuition and the ability to follow your vision. The Bears symbolize the power of strength, sweetness of truth, deliberation, conservation and healing.
When creating this design I wanted each animal to have a partner to represent how we should never stand alone. The practice of partnership is a leading model of personal and professional success. I hope the viewers of this design feel its meaning within themselves as it comes from a place of welcoming, love, respect, understanding and unity. May we continuously thank and honor our Parents, Elders, Role Models, and Caregivers for their wisdom and guidance as we continue our journey in a sustainable and well balanced future.
Jamin Zuroski is the artist of this treasure and the author of this narrative. On his bio Jamin is described as a person of First Nations, Polish, and Ukrainian descent.”