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AV资源Mental Health and Wellbeing Day Event

Date Day Time Location
May 22, 2024 Wednesday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Broadway campus
Try an activity and learn something new about the many ways of connecting and supporting our wellbeing

AV资源is excited to host its annual Mental Health and Wellbeing Event - Connecting Through Music, Movement, and Laughter. The event is happening in person at the Broadway campus event space in building B. Students, staff, family and community members are encouraged to stop by on Wednesday, May 22 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. You may visit our college and community resource tables, listen to music, enjoy bannock and cake, try Thai Chi, get a hand massage, and pet a therapy dog or two, as well as sign up for one or more of the workshops. 

Please see the schedule below to try an activity and learn something new about the many ways to connect with one another and to support our well-being.

Time Activity
11:00 a.m. Live music
11:10 a.m Territorial acknowledgement and welcome
11:30 a.m. Chair Yoga with Sandra Jara, Building B, Rm 1208
12 p.m. Drum Circle with Lyle Povah, Building B, Rm 1228
12:30 p.m. Laughter Yoga with Sunghee Lapell, Building B, Rm 1208
12:30 p.m. Sound Healing with Theda Phoenix, Building B, Rm 1228
1 p.m. Ecstatic Dance with Hassti Hamadi, Building B, Rm 1208
1:45 p.m. Closing comments


Ongoing activities in the event space

  • Live music with AV资源music students Julia and Nathan
  • Tai Chi with Taoist Tai Chi®锔
  • Hand massage service from VCC's Esthetics and Spa therapy students
  • Traditional Caricatures by Sarah Draws A Crowd
  • Therapy dogs (Ground level - by 7th Avenue entrance)

Presenter Bios

Elder John  
Indigenous Elder Born into the Wolf Clan of Tutchone and Tlingit (Dene Nation) in Whitehorse Yukon, Elder John has facilitated many AV资源workshops in carving, paint/design and, drum and rattle making. He enjoys creating and making people happy with what he has learned.
Clayton Munro Welcome address
Clayton's profile Clayton joined AV资源in December 2019 as Dean, Indigenous Initiatives and entered the role of AVP in August 2020. With the Vice President, Students and Community Development, Clayton ensures quality, relevance, and accessibility of all student services and policies. Clayton also leads cross-institutional initiatives on student life, mental health and wellbeing, issues resolution, and strategic enrolment. 
Sandra Jara Chair Yoga
Yoga instructor photo Since discovering yoga and meditation 25 years ago, Sandra enjoys understanding the relationship between body, mind and spirit. Sandra has been exploring yoga and meditation as a strengthening practice to self-care, dealing with adversities, generating loving feeling, as well as improving mental clarity and agility. Practicing yoga regularly provides countless benefits, both physical and mental. The workshop is for all levels, whether you have practiced before or if it is your first time doing yoga.
Lyle Povah The Drum Circle
Drum circle leader Lyle Povah is a global musician, drum circle facilitator, and yoga teacher, dedicated to health and community building. The Drum Circle is a dynamic model of shared community that is beginner-friendly and inclusive of all ages and stages. Bring your spirit of exploration to this joyful and uplifting experience!
Sunghee Lapell Laughter Yoga
 Yoga instructor Sunghee has been a certified Laughter Yoga leader since 2008. Laughter Yoga has helped Sunghee open to her inner joy and express herself in a healthy way through laughter. She discovered that laughter magically connects people from all different cultural backgrounds, languages, ages and beliefs, uniting people from around the world. Through breathwork and playful exercises, Laughter Yoga improves physical and emotional health, immune function and blood circulation, as well as releases endorphins, increasing a sense of confidence and joy.
Theda Phoenix Sound healing
 Sound healer photo In this session, participants will be invited to recline comfortably, close their eyes and receive the calming effects of guided sound healing music to support nervous system regulation. Theda is a sacred sound channel, intuitive singer, sound-healer, songwriter and recording artist whose enchanting voice, shamanic sounds and soul inspiring lyrics move people deeply, promoting wellness and transformation.
Hassti Hamidi Ecstatic dance
 Dance instructor Ecstatic Dance is a unique style of dance that’s all about free expression and letting your body move to the beat of your own drum. Unlike traditional dance classes, there’s no choreography to follow or steps to learn. Hassti is a passionate dancer, music curator, nature lover, home cook, plant parent, city farmer, daughter, wife, sister, friend, and student of life. She likes to move people not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. She fearlessly explores unconventional tunes and rhythms, guiding dancers on a journey of self-discovery and liberation. She believes in the transformative power of movement, inviting participants to explore the depths of their being and practice authentic movement.