On June 14, 2013 seven Vocational School students received their very first award for courageously concluding the 1st part of the Hero’s Journey, an emotional coaching to help children and adolescents to connect with their inner self and to empower them to get reacquainted with their gifts and talents in order to support them co-create a positively meaningful future for themselves.
With the creation of Powerful Kids coaching program Powerful You took the 1st step on their way to achieve their vision which is to contribute to bullying prevention at school and to curb youth criminality in our communities by introducing children of all ages to tools such as the arts, love of nature, wellness and more.
Debbie Zwanikken and Myriam Haar decided to lead these adolescents on their personal path to discovery through their quest for a steady relationship. Getting the certification requires great courage, from these young people caught in a system that tends to focus on the left side of the brain, practically ignoring the right side where our creativity and our emotional intelligence reside, among other things. In today’s demanding times speaking from the heart is a forgotten practice and a mysterious language Myriam Haar is re-introducing in children’s lives.
Assistant Principal Mrs. A. Hermelijn and Counselor of the school Mrs. Natasha Richardson attended the ceremony with great pleasure.
Debbie Zwanikken was delighted to hand over the awards to the following proud recipients:
Arthur Spanner with great honors
Eric Johnson with great honors
Jeremiah Martina with honors
Malacai Williams with distinction
Jude Alexis with distinction
Francis Baker with merit
Sharnun Lake with merit
We thank these wonderfully courageous adolescents for sharing their journey together with us, for being our exceptional teachers along the path and we celebrate their commitment and determination through the past five months. It was a pleasure to serve them.
Equally deserving are Mrs. A. Hermelijn for her high level of consciousness, her great heart toward the children and for understanding our vision.
Our deep gratitude goes to Mrs. Natasha Richardson for standing by the students through their ups and downs with such compassion.
We are happily looking forward to resuming the program together again as a team after the summer break.
Debbie Zwanikken & Myriam Haar.