|EMSB STUDENTS READY FOR SPIRIT QUEST II|
MONTREAL, APRIL 11, 2016 – Students and Spiritual and Community Animators (SCA) from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will once again take to the streets on Monday, April 18 for the second annual Spirit Quest: an event that allows students to visit civic, historic, spiritual and community sites while obtaining personal experience in developing positive virtues and character traits, strengthening the bonds of school-community relations as well as their intimate connection to the earth and their own spirit.
Teams will commence their daylong journey at the EMSB Administration Building (6000 Fielding) (8:30 am) and conclude at Vincent Massey Collegiate (5925 27e avenue) in Rosemount (3 pm).
According to First Nations traditions, one goes on a Spirit Quest with the hope of experiencing an inner change, a healing, an openness to others and to the divine. Furthermore, the Spirit Quest is linked to Earth Day and Earth Week, celebrating the First Nations’ traditions of caring for the earth and for one another.
Spirit Quest II will involve students from seven schools: John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, John Paul high School in St. Leonard, Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North, Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard, Marymount Academy International, Royal Vale High School in NDG and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount.
Through the “Virtues Program,” one of the goals of the SCA service is to facilitate and encourage students to put into action their best self and express their own positive virtues and character traits. This unique program serves as the foundation for the Spirit Quest, representing a journey to deeper self-understanding.
Each team will consist of students between the ages of 12 to 16 and one Spiritual and Community Animator. They will navigate a series of spiritual markers to get from one location to another by walking or using eco-friendly public transit, encountering spiritual challenges along the way.
Spirit Quest II is sponsored by The Beat 92.5 FM, Knights of Columbus, Muffins Plus, Francesco Marra, Canadian National Railways and the SPVM.
Michael J. Cohen