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How to survive the 10th grade

December 17th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on How to survive the 10th grade)

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Nanaimo students write, produce, and direct a high school survival film

The trailer has been viewed over 22,000 times on YouTube…and the DVD is about to be released. For eleven months, a core group of students at Nanaimo’s Wellington Secondary School have been at work on the feature film, “How to Survive the 10th Grade,” with a cast of forty students, ten crew members, and others. The film touches on a range of high school issues, including drug use, violence, rivalry and peer and sexual pressure. (more…)

Social justice past and present

December 17th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Social justice past and present)

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Drama, dialogue, and some holiday favourites

We share some scenes from two of Charles Dickens’ series of Christmas books, The Chimes and A Christmas Carol along with passages from Thomas Carlyle’s Past and Present in a brief investigation of the portrayal of social justice in 1840s Britain.  We ask the question, what does the past have to say to our current present?

We’re joined in the studio by Vancouver Island University professor Terri Doughty and by actors Katje van Loon, Bryce Hughes, Kieran Hunt, and Coralee Draginda, who are students in V.I.U.’s Theatre program. (more…)

The stress-free Christmas

December 10th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The stress-free Christmas)

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It’s not about the kitsch, it is about the connection

Christmas is traditionally a season of joy, family reunions, friendship and generosity. So why do so many people get so tied up in knots about it all? For some, Christmastime can be the most difficult, even the loneliest time of the year. What’s the best approach to use during the holiday season?

We speak with counselor Frances Ferguson about her assertion that Christmastime is not about the kitsch—it’s about the connection. (more…)

Coalition raises poverty issues

December 10th, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on Coalition raises poverty issues)

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Group opposes Salvation Army lunch fee and is asking questions about shelters

A Nanaimo-based advocacy group, the Creative Awareness Collective, is challenging a recent fee attached to the lunches served at The Salvation Army’s New Hope Centre. The Pennies from Heaven campaign aims to stop the fee. The group is also speaking up about practices at Nanaimo’s emergency shelters.

We speak with Wallace Malay and Mary Ellen Bruce of the Creative Awareness Collective and with Rob Anderson from The Salvation Army. (more…)

The art of engagement

December 3rd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The art of engagement)

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A food bank takes to the streets to raise awareness in a new way

Some organizations seem to “sparkle with life” while others feel “dull and mechanical.” The art of engagement is about creating environments in which people thrive—even when times are tough.*

The NDG Food Depot in Montreal is putting engagement into practice. A dozen staff and board members took to the streets on Hallowe’en night, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller [opens to the YouTube video], and have since raised significantly both the profile of their food bank and levels of community involvement. (more…)

The changing face of Harewood

December 3rd, 2009 | Posted by vimhsadmin in people first media - (Comments Off on The changing face of Harewood)

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Community co-operative gets ready for the future

The Harewood Community Centre Cooperative met recently for its annual general meeting and to hear a talk about the changing face of Harewood. The HC3 cooperative says its close to bringing much-needed health and social services to the neighbourhood, though they won’t be as centralized as previously hoped.

We speak with Ian Gartshore, the Harewood cooperative’s past chair, and with City of Nanaimo social planner John Horn. (more…)