Of Peonies, Poetry, Beauty and Cultures of Well-Being

Just because it is peony season again . . .

Campus Conversations

CCC Catriona Remocker and Dan Reist from the UVic Centre for Addictions Research join Jessie Keczan and Robin Higgins for a brainstorm session around Student Residences and developing cultures where healthy substances use is part of an overall culture of belonging and well-being.

Selkirk College has been a part of a provincial initiative that has the lofty aspiration to “Change the Culture of Substance Use” on B.C. campuses.  Recently two research associates from the  UVic Centre for Addictions Research came to Castlegar to attend a conference on “Youth and Addictions” and to meet with some members of our local Community of Practice to brainstorm our next steps forward in helping the Student Residences to deepen their cultures of belonging and well-being.  During one dialogue I commented that I have been noticing that intentionally adding beauty to a situation seems to uplift the environment and even possibly change the tone of interactions…

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