|SCHOOL BOARD SPIRITUAL AND COMMUNITY ANIMATORS TO GATHER TO MARK 15 YEARS OF SUCCESS SERVING STUDENTS|
MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 3, 2015- L’Association professionnelle des animateurs et animatrices de vie spirituelle et d’engagement communautaire du Québec (APAVECQ) will be holding a 5 à 7 on Tuesday, November 3 to mark the success and accomplishments of 15 years of the service in Quebec schools. It will take place at the English Montreal School Board Administration Building at 6000 Fielding Avenue in NDG.
Six out of the nine English Sector public school boards will be represented at this event to underline the important work done by Spiritual Care, Guidance and Community Involvement Animators (sometimes referred to as Spiritual & Community Animators) serving students, families, and school staff teams across Québec.
Spiritual and Community Animators are responsible for an extensive gamut of programming. This includes: spiritual practices; intercultural dialogue; values education; consciousness raising (i.e., in the English Sector: Holocaust; Armenian & Rawandan Genocides); residential schools; world events; justice & social concerns); anti-bullying programming; individual support; self-esteem; critical thinking/ethics; community service (i.e.: Share the Warmth, Spirit of Giving, Toy Tea amd Santropol); anti-drug and alcohol programming; meditation as stress reduction; school community ceremonies; grief and trauma support; community partnerships; and environmental Awareness & Action.
The animators are at the forefront of Healthy Schools (Écoles en santé) prevention and promotion programming within the Quebec school system. At the foundation of Spiritual and Community Animation is “values” or “character” education, which has been referred to as “Education of the Heart”.
Special guests at the event will be Guillaume Tremblay and Xavie Jean-Bourgeault, director and producer respectivelty of L’Heureux naufrage, ia recent documentary exploring the sociologically studied trend towards a re-claiming of the value of the “Inner Life” (often referred to as “spirituality”, which is not to be confused with “religion”), and the growing desire in Québec society to re-ground in common guiding values, principals and ethics. APAVECQ President Pierre Belanger will serve as the host.
Michael J. Cohen