On Tuesday September 29th, Cam's Kids and Kernel of Wisdom hosted a workshop titled "Coping Strategies to Deal with Transitions to Online Learning and Placement", which was presented to Nipissing students who are currently - or will soon be - in placements with charitable and not-for-profit organizations.
Covid-19 has drastically changed how students are having to learn, and in the case of these placement students, their workplace experience as well. Like many other buisnesses and organizations, charities and not-for-profits alike are having to readjust how they are supporting their communities, and also how they can most effectively utilize their staff and volunteers.
Cam's Kids Foundation is no exception to this, having moved all of our previously in-person events virtually, and placing a far greater focus on online resources and social media presence. Having learned valuable lessons over the past 6 months, we knew we could be of support to students planning to embark on their own journey in the charity/not-for-profit world. Which is why Cam's Kids National Coordinator - Vanessa Morgan hosted (virtually of course) said workshop to give tips and strategies from what we have learned so far.
Joining Vanessa was one of our mental wellness experts and founder of Kernel of Widsom - Joelle Anderson (MA, RP, CCC). As a Registered Psychotherapist and Canadian Certified Counsellor, Joelle was able to offer her strategies and coping mechanisms for managing the stress and anxiety that may be arising as a result of virtual learning, and navigating a global pandemic.
We thank Joelle for joining us, and Nipissing University for allowing us the opportunity to speak with these students.