There's no question things looked quite different this year for both students and teachers. Many classes have been moved online, face coverings are required while on campus, and in-person orientation week was cancelled. Despite these changes, one very important thing had not changed - the need to ensure incoming students felt supported, and to show them that they were not alone.
Typically, orientation week (sometimes known as frosh week or welcome week) helps to ease students into the new school year, educating them on the resources available, as well as providing some stress relieving tips/activities to help with the transition. For most schools this year, in person orientation week had been cancelled. This however, did not stopped our incredible Ambassadors from taking things into their own hands.
Ambassadors from numerous Universities and Colleges stepped up big time, planning, organizing and even hosting countless wellness and self-care activities, all via our Instagram page. Below are just some of the activities that took place:
Monday Sept 7th @ 4:30pm - Cooking class (hosted by Laurentian Ambassadors)
Tues Sept 8th @9am - Yoga (hosted by Guelph Ambassadors)
Thurs Sept 10th @1pm - Clubs Fair (hosted by Trent Ambassadors)
Fri Sept 11th (all day) - Puppy Day (hosted by Dalhousie Ambassadors)
Sat Sept 12th @ 6pm - Mental Health Trivia (hosted by uOttawa Ambassadors)
Monday Sept 14th - Baking class (hosted by Ontaro Tech Ambassadors)
Wed Sept 23rd @ 5:30pm - Stress Relief Yoga (hosted by uOttawa Ambassadors & Greek Life)
Mon Sept 28th @ 7pm - Anxiety Chat (hosted by Trent & Nipissing Ambassadors)
Thurs Oct 1st @ 7pm - How to Self-Care in a Pandemic (hosted by Western Ambassadors) - ** Zoom instead of Instagram Live. Meeting ID: 784 502 5089 Password: CAMSKIDS **
Thurs Oct 8th @ 6pm - Yoga (hosted by uOttawa Ambassadors)
Sat Oct 17th @ 7pm - Virtual Paint Night (hosted by Nipissing Ambassadors & Jadan Cohen)
These virtual events are just one example of how Cam's Kids is adapting our Ambassador program for the current 2020/2021 school year. In fact, until classes can resume in person - all of our activities and initiatives are being held via our social media platforms. While we wish we could be there with everyone in person, we are thankful that social media allows us to stay connected with all young people, no matter where they are. Not to mention, students can now partake in actvities they may previously have been too apprehensive to try - knowing they can do so from the comfort and safety of their home.
We couldn't thank our hardworking Ambassadors enough for all of the fun, innovative ways they are supporting their peers during this difficult time.
If you wish to get involved with our Ambassador program - please click here.