Come On and Join the Local Motion: Learning from 5 Diverse ‘Active Communities’ Projects

Please join us on Monday, October 29th from 9:00-10:30am for an engaging webinar that will take us behind the scenes of five successful and diverse Active Communities projects from across the province.

You will hear about the innovative Indigenous Circle of Health initiative that combines physical activity, culture and community; as well as, the two-and-a-half-year journey to build a thriving ‘all ages & skill levels Bike Park’ on Bowen Island; and how the Kwadacha Nation is supporting young women to be active in roller derby, learn important social skills and reclaim their feminine power.

But that’s just a sneak peek. You will want to register to hear our five presenters share their ideas, suggestions and examples of sustainability strategies with a focus on either multi-sectoral collaboration – how to make it work; or key success factors and overcoming challenges, particularly in rural and small communities, and working effectively with local government.

You don’t want to miss any of the informative presentations from the following line-up of

Project Leads:

  • Karen Moraes, Indigenous Circle of Health
  • Shauna Jennings, Bowen Island Bike Park
  • Mariah Robinson, Mid Island Aboriginal Recreation and Culture (ARC) Initiative
  • Johanne Allard, Aq’am Community Recreation Program
  • Rebecca Tallman, Kwadacha Roller Derby

So please join us as these presenters share key lessons, success factors and their experience as part of the local movement to promote physical activity.

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 Speaker Profiles:

 Karen Moraes is from the Tsimshian first nation (Lax Kw Laams) and was born/raised on the Tsimshian Reserve in Metlakatla, Alaska. She has three University degrees in Laboratory Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Social Psychology. She currently is the Indigenous Recreation Lead for the Township of Langley’s Art, Culture and Community initiatives Division; this position led her to being in charge of a Pilot Project “Indigenous Circle of Health” Programs, Physical Activities, and Cultural Events. This project takes place in the Township of Langley in partnership with Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society and Fraser Health.

Shauna Jennings is the Manager of Recreation and Community Services with the Bowen Island Municipality. She has worked in a variety of roles including coaching children’s programs and adult fitness, recreation programming and development, grant writing, community events, and collaborative projects such as the Bike Park.  Shauna is currently co-managing the Bowen Island Community Centre project and serving as a Physical Literacy champion for the North Shore region. Shauna’s favourite projects are those that enhance the life of the community and provide opportunities for active lifestyles.

Mariah Robinson is the Cultural and Physical Literacy Coordinator with Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sport, Recreation and Tourism Management from Vancouver Island University. Her areas of expertise are community programming, vision planning, marketing, and community engagement. She is currently working with Tsawalk Learning Centre, Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, VIU Master Educators to design and implement innovative experiential learning that marries physical and culture together that credits high school learners towards graduation.

Rebecca Tallman is the School Counsellor at Aatse Davie School located on the traditional territory of the Kwadacha Nation, more commonly known as Fort Ware, B.C. Rebecca holds two Master’s degrees from the University of Northern British Columbia in International Development and Social Work. Combining her work and education, Rebecca is passionate about northern remote practice and working alongside Indigenous populations. Rebecca takes on a number of roles within the school and the community, she spends most of her time working with and empowering young women. Rebecca co-facilitates the Babisa Moonelazi (Beautiful Butterflies) Girls Group and is the Head Coach of the Kwadacha Roller Derby Team.

Johanne Allard is the Client Services Coordinator/Employment Counselor with Aq’am First Nation. She is the lead for the Aq’am Community Recreation Program taking place in Interior Health.