Breakfast Makes Me Shine conference in High Prairie, Alberta!
On May 12th , Melaina and Emily from the Club’s Western team and Jody from the National Programs team packed an SUV with tons of fresh fruit, food, and resources and headed north through the Prairies to St. Andrew’s school in the small community of High Prairie, Alberta. There they were joined by 19 dynamic and passionate individuals from 11 different schools and communities, including several First Nations communities. Thanks to support from General Mills, they were able to spend two jam-packed days together sharing new ideas, building community, and learning from one another at the Breakfast Makes Me Shine! workshop. Participants actively participated in all 6 levels of the training, had a chance to learn new recipes and ideas in a hands-on cooking session, and took part in presentations from Alberta Health Services, Bishop Routhier’s school program, and a talk on traditional foods from the cultural teacher at St. Andrews school.
Following the workshop on the first evening, the Club also hosted a Community Gathering to celebrate the successes of our club’s in the community. 60 community members including elders, principals, volunteers, and school board and community officials were treated to dinner and dazzled by the talent from their local community. Entertainment included traditional pow wow dancing by the Desjarlais family, a Metis jigging demonstration by student Scott Courtoreille, a hand games demonstration by the students from Driftpile First Nation, and stories from local schools on how the club has positively impacted them. It was really a beautiful and amazing sight to see! All of the participants left the workshop the next afternoon full of new ideas, with new connections and supports in their community and most importantly, they left feeling inspired, invigorated and excited to return to their school and turn those new ideas into action!