At Britannia Support Society we are dedicated to improving the opportunities of Britannia students. The Gala has become an important part of that work and allows us to to celebrate student success!
The Britannia Support Society was created in 1990s to address the inequities that face many students at Britannia Secondary School. Our goal is to create opportunities for success in all aspects of school life and beyond.
Britannia Secondary is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) help Indigenous athletes realize the collective potential of our bodies, minds, spirit and of our people – our hopes and dreams – the spirit strong, brave and true.
The Games brought together 756 Indigenous Nations and over 5000 athletes to celebrate, share and reconnect through sport and culture in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Dartmouth and Millbrook First Nation.
and coach and mentor Mitra Tshan !!
Things that are hard are good. Lessons learned struggling makes for profound memories. Discomfort is temporary. Being tired is entirely relative. Mud up to your waist can be overcome. Relentless bugs are real but they too fade. Carrying a 35 pound pack is initially unbearably heavy but when you stop for the night, 9 hours later, you not only held that weight, you navigated incredible terrain to do so and you can smile about it, with your friends.
We continued with our Street2Peak Project which brings inner-city students on incredible adventures around the world. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti in 2015, Patagonia in 2017, New Zealand in 2019 and now, maybe our most challenging and definitely our most rigorous, the Long Range Traverse in the incredible national park of Gros Morne, Newfoundland. What we experienced was beyond what we expected in terms of beauty, grandness, challenge and perseverance. It offered a commitment that students are rarely asked to meet. It required a team to succeed. You had to have faith and trust that things would work out. You had to believe that you are capable and that your effort will offer a reward. The reward is scars. The reward is aching bodies. The reward is wolfing down as many calories as you can. The reward is knowing you didn't give up. The reward is knowing someone was there to help you if you faltered. The reward was laughing in a place you never dreamed you'd visit.
Incredible. Magical. Powerful.
Thanks to Trevor Stokes for his beautiful words and Barry Skillin for the incredible photography.
Jesse shared her story of how Britannia Secondary and in particular the Streetfront family led by Trevor Stokes, Barry Skillin and Gord Howey helped her to overcome adversity and to believe in herself. Jesse’s keynote address was very moving and offered so much hope.
It was the highlight of a successful gala.
If you can climb Mount Kilimanjaro - you can do anything!
Today Jesse is a business woman who owns a very successful nail salon in Vancouver.
In 2015 — one year after the Kilimanjaro climb - Jesse was invited to give a Ted talk.
watch it here :
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