January 2013

Happy New Year from The Quaich!


After a restful holiday, 2013 has arrived and The Quaich office is once again buzzing with activity. We have many exciting projects in development for the coming months. Here’s what our staff have been working on and involved with:

· The Art of Hosting
Sara and Liz were lucky to have the opportunity to attend The Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter: Fostering the Conditions for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Fredericton, NB, from January 8-10. This three-day intensive taught innovative practices to build community, foster leadership, and activate and inspire collective intelligence. Sara and Liz returned with glowing reviews of the experience, and have been sharing what they learned with the rest of us at the Quaich office.

· The New Brunswick Breast and Women’s Cancer Partnership (NBBWCP)
NBBWCP will be hosting an Aboriginal consultation in Fredericton on March 20-21, 2013. NBBWCP aims to engage key leaders in Aboriginal communities on and off reserve to stimulate conversation and develop strategies on providing culturally relevant resources and support to Aboriginal women with breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer.  On March 21st, NBBWCP will host a press conference to discuss the consultation and to launch its bilingual website. The Partnership is a primarily volunteer-run organization which receives funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Division, and Ovarian Cancer Canada. The Quaich has been involved with NBBWCP for many years in various capacities, working on project management and coordination, facilitation, and evaluation.

· Scaling Up Mental Health Promotion in Atlantic Canada
The Quaich is continuing its work with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division’s SEAK (Socially and Emotionally Aware Kids) Project.  As researchers from Dalhousie University are examining the long-term impacts of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) social and emotional learning curriculum in chosen elementary schools across the country, the Scaling Up Project is assessing the current environment of mental health promotion in Canada and the Atlantic Region. An Invitational Think Tank is planned for late February in Nova Scotia to discuss best practices for implementing SEL in school curricula and scaling up the PATHS innovation to the policy level. We are working with the SEAK Project to develop and recommend a strategy for scaling up social and emotional learning in Atlantic Canada, to be released in Spring 2013.

Be sure to check back in the coming weeks for more updates on these and other projects. In the meantime, stay connected to The Quaich by following us on Twitter (@TheQuaich), and visiting our Facebook page

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