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Christina 12-06-23 at 12.04 PMChristina Antonick Adult Facilitator

Christina Antonick has worked as a social justice educator for over 20 years. She has sat with over 10,000 youth in R+R circle and trained adults in facililitation, both in person and online. Christina attended McGill University in Montreal where she studied Communications, Women’s Studies and Fine Art. In 1995 she completed certification in a feminist counseling and facilitation training with a strong focus on anti-oppression practices.

 

 

davidnorget bcacc photoDavid Norget, Adult Facilitator

David is an impassioned educator of kids, youth and adults who has worked in the Human Services Field for over 20 years. He has a Masters in Applied Behavioural Science – Human Systems from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (2002) and an economics degree from McGill University (1988). He has a broad range of experience. He’s worked in daycare in Sweden and, back in Canada, in special education, counselling, business, coaching business and non-profit individuals, human resources management, and organizational consulting within private business. He’s also furthered his education with studies related to counselling and coaching.

 

 

On Being an R+R Facilitator – By Kevin Vowles,

When I co-facilitated the R+R curriculum I was amazed by not only  the remarkable thought which went into developing such an innovative violence prevention curriculum, but equally ‘starstruck’ by the thoughts from students.  Hearing about what their experiences have been like, walking in both the more peaceful world that is Salt Spring Island, but also treading carefully in other less peaceful places. To say it has been an eye opener would be an understatement. I have seen and experienced violence in my life journeys, but the youth of today face different forms of violence and challenges than my generation did and it is my firm belief that the R+R program is giving them the tools to not only survive, but thrive!

Violence is a determinant of health – whether it is women being raped, young men being shot and killed, or more subtle forms of violence. Huge portions of the global population are starving because of the persistent focus of resources to perpetuate violence and the promotion of and advancement of corporations, instead of food security or health care.  For our children, most importantly, a climate of violence hinders their learning and development. I am in awe of the climate of learning at Gulf Islands Secondary School on Salt Spring Island. It is remarkable and enhanced by the Respectful Relationships program.

Where people, young and old, are encouraged to adopt a peaceful existence, and given the tools to not only be peaceful in their lives, but resolve conflict and unravel the layers of violence; society as a whole can live up to its truest potential. I see that on Salt Spring Island. In a parking lot there was a group of young people hanging around their car. I was with my Mom who was visiting the island. I could see that she was slightly nervous because they were in her way, and she didn’t want to ask them to move, perhaps afraid of violence. The young people saw us and immediately said hello and moved out of the way so that she could get into the truck. I think little stories like this, while certainly not news-breaking, are inspiring, heart-warming and indicative of the culture of peace and respect for fellow human beings that is present. Not because it’s a great act of nobility or sacrifice, but because in bigger places; in more violent places, there would be the potential for an assault, particularly if there had been alcohol involved. I know it because I’ve experienced violence over less. It warmed my heart, and I thought I would share the story. I’d love to hear your stories of peace.
Kevin was an R+R Facilitator 2011 – 2015

 

 

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