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Gordon Bell High School students
and staff learned more about the people, organizations and resources that
comprise the local neighbourhood at the school’s first Community Connections
“The concept is basically to
connect kids to all of the amazing things going on in this community,” said
Gordon Bell Guidance Counsellor Natalie Thompson. “We’re lucky to have such a central
location in Winnipeg, and a lot of these organizations are within walking
distance from here. We want to show students some positive things they can get
involved in after school hours.”
Community opportunities include
places to accrue volunteer experiences, after school sports and arts programs,
and support services such as counseling when needed.
Local organizations (such as the
West Broadway Outreach Centre, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Youth Employment Services, Art City, the Spence Neighbourhood Association and
more) set up info booths in the school’s hallways on Oct. 24.
“We also invited some of our Gordon
Bell student groups to join us today,” Ms. Thompson added.
Over 25 different groups and
organizations presented at the fair.
“It’s one thing to tell the
students the resources that are out there, but if you can bring people in and
let students put a name to the face, they’re really able to make that
Community connections offer
structure and stability to students, whether they are new to Gordon Bell or
“Creating that sense of belonging in
a school and the community is one way we can help provide students with resiliency,
strength and identity,” Ms. Thompson said.