Travel Check-In!!

Hello to new and returning blog followers, your Salluit peer educators are back! Danica and Sophie signing in from Puvirnituq Airport, which is our second stop on the beautiful travel journey to Salluit. We couldn’t be more excited to arrive in the community, and begin our long-awaited adventure. We are so thankful for this opportunity that Queen’s Health Outreach has given us, and all the hard work that has gone into making this experience possible. We would like to thank […]

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Week Five = DONE

Dear most diligent blog followers, As sad as it is to say, Friday was our last day teaching in the classrooms of Ikusik High School, Pigiruvik Elementary School and the Boys Rehabilitation Centre. It has been a very very busy, fulfilling, exciting, tiring and LIT four weeks of teaching. Our flight leaves on Wednesday morning so not to worry, we will still be booping in and out of classrooms to play games and say our goodbyes on Monday and Tuesday!! (Just to clarify […]

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Week Four = DONE

Bonjouuuurrrrr !!!! We’ve been really slacking in the blog department lately as it’s been a FULL week since our last update. So we apologize. But not really. We’ve just been having soooo much fun!! This was a very busy week both in school and outside of school. Our lessons this week focused on community connectedness and suicide prevention (how to notice the signs of someone that may be thinking about suicide and as a friend, what we can do to […]

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Week Three = DONE

Dear beloved and devoted blog followers, We refuse to acknowledge that we’re halfway through this enlightening adventure known as initiative. So don’t remind us. We never want to leave. This was both a busy and successful week of teaching for us! Our lessons this week focused on the effects of smoking and healthy sleep habits. We found that these topics really hit home with the students and we found that they were much more engaged in our activities!! We have […]

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WEEK TWO = DONE

hey homies! Today marks exactly 2 weeks since we touched down in the beautiful community of Salluit!! Last week was jam-packed with lessons on bullying, self care and healthy relationships. Although the grade sixes still haven’t quite grasped the concept of a crumpled paper heart (refer to last blog post), we are definitely seeing improvements in other areas! On Friday, we hosted our first extra curricular event: RUN CLUB! Two students showed up, but the four of us had a blast […]

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Sun Burns and Lung Burns

MID-WEEK UPDATE COMIN @ YA LIVE FROM SALLUIT: We have listened to Taylor Swift’s album “1989” about half a million times (and are still loving it – haters gonna hate). We have crumpled red paper hearts in front of unsuspecting grade six classes 1000 times in hopes of them one day understanding how the heart cannot be uncrumpled and how this represents “mean words” and how we can’t always take those mean words back. We have described the four types […]

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Week One = DONE

HEY HEY HEY!! Your fave Sal Pals are back at it again!!! We hope you haven’t quite fallen asleep in our absence… but we have briefly returned to grace you with a splendid update once again. Some highlights from this week include: First day in the classrooms this Friday (WOOT) First FULL day of teaching TODAY (!!!!!!!) Helped out with the community movie night on Friday (all proceeds went toward the graduating class at Ikusik) Helped out at breakfast club, […]

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Hello from Salluit!!

Hello cherished blog followers! We have officially arrived in the beautiful community of Salluit! (like three days ago, but ya girls just got internet) We are staying with our wonderful host, Monique – a teacher at Ikusik (the local high school). For the past few days we have been exploring the community, getting our bearings and introducing ourselves and QHO to various community members. All the teachers have been very receptive to our arrival and are all super enthusiastic about […]

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Introducing the Sal Pals!

Hello/Bonjour!! from *almost* Salluit, Québec. Our names are Emma Mortimore and Abby Christi, and we are SO glad you have joined us on this initiative. Even though you might just be reading a spectactular blog, you will get to learn about the community with us, and live through our peer teaching experiences as well. You might be asking yourself, “Where is Salluit?” Well, we’ve provided a handy map for your reference. As you might know, this is Canada:  …and Québec […]

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Au revoir, Salluit!

Though we are enjoying the warm Kingston weather and sun, it was very hard to say goodbye to Salluit. We have both had such amazing experiences here, and we have learned and grown so much in the process! We couldn’t be more grateful for the time that we had in this community. For our last week of teaching in Salluit, we had the opportunity to teach lessons at the elementary school, called Pigiurvik School. We went in to see the […]

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