STBBI HIV AIDS Presentation – May 2019

SHIELD Advisory Committee members Trudy Parsons (PLHIV Network of Newfoundland & Labrador) & Arthur David Miller (Healing our Nations) had an incredibly interactive session with over 80 students at Mealy Mountain Collegiate in Goose Bay. The focus was Sexually Transmitted & Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs) topics including living with HIV/AIDS, importance of STBBI testing & prevention, and building healthy relationships.

All My Relationships Workshop – 2019

This healthy teen relationships workshop was hosted by Lianna Rice and Bob Jackman, who used Indigenous cultural sharing through beadwork to talk about relationships. While learning beading techniques youth did several self-reflection activities to help them learn about themselves, their relationships, what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, and the importance of self-care in relationships. Youth ages 12-18 were able to attend, lots of learning and fun was had by all at the Labrador Friendship Centre in Goose Bay!

High School Drama Festival – 2019

SHIELD was very happy to be included in the 2019 Labrador High School Drama Festival in Goose Bay! We sponsored three artist role models to hold 4 sessions each which ensured all participants were able to attend. Jacinda Beals, local musician & recording artist, held a singer/songwriter workshop. Dawna Lee, professional art therapist, hosted sessions about collaging art concepts. Peyton Barrett, owner of Mealy Mountain Gallery, taught youth metal clay techniques. It was a wonderful two days! SHIELD Coordinator Denise Cole also spoke to youth about sexual health & relationships. We are grateful to the Newfoundland & Labrador English School District for inviting us to assist.

Art Hives & heArt Circle – 2019

This 12 week program was run by Art Therapist Dawna Lee at the Labrador Friendship Centre in Goose Bay for youth ages 12-18. The Art Hives component included 6 evening sessions where adults could attend as long as a youth came with them. The concept was to create using everyday items and random art supplies. HeArt Circle consisted of 6 sessions that focused on concepts of art therapy where youth were able to grow and explore in a safe space with a professional art therapist discussing a variety of relationship connected topics including grief, mind/body connection, and exploring multiple selves. It was an amazing experience & we are very thankful to everyone who participated.

ACT Summit 2019

24 youth from 11 different Labrador communities came to Happy Valley-Goose Bay for a week long exploration of art, culture and technology while learning about health themes such as self-image, relationships and sexual health. These youth will now host events in their home communities over 2019-20. To learn more contact SHIELD Coordinator Denise Cole at or call 709-896-8302 ext 224

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