Youth Engagement Health Forum a Huge Success

SRSB and CSAP students shared some of their views about taking part in the
Youth Health Engagement Forum.

Approximately 120 Gr. 8-12 students from 11 schools in the Strait Regional School Board had the exceptional opportunity of attending a dynamic Youth Health Engagement Forum on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

The main objectives of the day-long event were to:

- provide an opportunity for students to share ideas, successes and projects from their respective school’s Youth Health Centre Committees work that promotes various aspects of healthy living;
- increase awareness of Youth Health Centre activities; and
- build relationships and leadership capacity among our youth.

“The Youth Health Engagement Forum was all about students coming together to learn from each other. By sharing their ideas and learning from their peers, our students will return to their schools energized to continue the great leadership work that they do,” said Strait Regional School Board Superintendent of Schools, Ford Rice.

“This event was a great opportunity for youth to connect, discuss key issues and work together to affect and lead change in our communities,” added GASHA VP Health Services, Madonna MacDonald.

The Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority (GASHA) hosted the event in partnership with the Strait Regional School Board (SRSB) and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).  The students were joined by a number of community partners including the RCMP, SchoolsPlus, Mental Health, Addiction Services, the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, Family Services, the Naomi Society, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Community Health Boards, as well as school and school board staff.