Our last half-week in Webequie was absolutely amazing! We could not have asked for a better way to wrap up our lessons and to say our final goodbyes.
On Monday, we were able to teach lessons about goal setting and how to set SMART goals. In our high school classes on Monday and Tuesday we taught lessons about mental health, stigma around mental illness and the importance of self-care. The students set some great goals in their lives and made some great self-care plans! On Tuesday, we focused our lessons on the importance of working together and leadership by playing many teamwork games such as the human knot. The students were full of giggles as they worked together impressively fast to untangle themselves! This was very fun and educational way for us to spend our last official classes with the students!
On Tuesday after school we ran a game of soccer-baseball and enjoyed playing games of team tag with the students as they waited for their turn to come up to bat. It was a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather and spend time with many of our students on our last night in Webequie.
After a late night debriefing our experiences with our friend Bob, making thank-you cards, playing with the kids, and icing 150 cupcakes, we woke up on our last morning excited to be able to get to see our students one last time before our flight later that afternoon. We stopped by all of the classes, with cupcakes in hand, to say our goodbyes and to get a picture with each of the classes. It was so nice to see all of the students and teachers one last time and to say thank-you to them all. We were surprised by beautiful cards signed by all of our students, that the grade 6 class had put together, and two beautiful, beaded coin-purses from the principal Mary. We had some amazing group hugs and final high-fives with all of the students and we definitely had to fight back tears and the urge to run back inside as we were leaving the school for the last time.
After landing in Thunder Bay we met up with Allison and Justina (Pickle Lake/Miskeegogamang Peer Educators) to begin the long road trip home once again! It was amazing getting to hear their stories from Initiative and to get to share some of our fondest Webequie memories with them. Now that we’re home safe and sound we can’t wait to see our family and friends and try our best to sum up the last 5 and a half weeks. We had amazing experiences, both in and out of the classroom, and we simply can’t describe how thankful we are to all of the people that made it so positive and fun, and who supported us through all of the challenging moments.
Some final words…
Thank you to our amazing families for supporting us throughout this fantastic experience! We couldn’t have done it without your support and generosity! Thank you to our fellow Northern Peer Educators who were always there to give us advice and share lesson planning ideas in our group chat! Also a HUGE thank you to our Program Directors, Meg, Jill and Meighan, we couldn’t have done it without you and your support, along with the fantastic training you provided us with all year!
Thank you to the staff, teachers and students at Simon Jacob Memorial Education Centre. We are so grateful that you welcomed us so warmly into your school and community and we have absolutely enjoyed getting to know you all! Thank you for the “ever” funny moments and for your support along the way. Words cannot describe how special you have all made this experience and we can’t describe how much we value our friendships with each of you. The memories that we’ve made with you all will last a lifetime!
To the community of Webequie, thank you again for welcoming us with open arms! Webequie is such a beautiful and bright community and it definitely began to feel like home. We were sad that we had to leave so soon, but we hope that one day our paths will bring us back to Webequie!
To all of you, who we had the privilege of meeting, thank you for helping shape our experience into the positive, educational, and indescribable experience that it was!
Signing off for one last time,
Georgia & Lily