September 21, 2002
From the open prairies to the big town of Vancouver - amazing how we can be catapulted from one environment to the next in short order. As is the case with any project, we're a bit ambivalent about today being our final day on the road together. However, the day was packed with activities, so we barely had time to reflect on our adventures the past 2 weeks.
While the crew set up our stage and gear in the gym at the Vancouver Friendship Centre, a group of us met in the Chief Simon Baker Room to conduct our workshop. Organizer Bonnie Ball invited youth from a variety of locations and we even had a group of students come in from Alert Bay, BC. This workshop was packed with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to understand suicide and eliminate it. Both Tom and Susan shared intimate stories about how their lives have been impacted. After the main group convened, smaller groups assembled to discuss things more intimately - then it was pizza for all the participants.
The tour group took a half hour to enjoy freshly caught salmon, and before we knew it the gym was packed with 300 people. To get things started 30 Nisga'a Ts'amiks Dancers opened the evening amidst great fanfare and welcome. Concert coordinator, Cheryl Matthew acknowledged the volunteers who assisted with promotion and coordination of the proceedings in Vancouver. Delores Smith, producer of "Beyond Words" was there with cameras to capture some of the event.
There were volumes of material distributed pertaining to mental health issues, agencies and support systems available in the Vancouver area. The volunteers were very committed to seeing that this community derived as much value from this event as possible. Revenue from the concert supported the Aboriginal Youth Network Suicide Prevention Initiative and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. The autograph line took almost an hour after the show was over and our weary yet exhilarated tour group departed the venue at 11:30. Thanks to Bonnie, Cheryl, Edna, Melanie, Jean, BC Hydro, UNYA, Youth Net and the VAFC.
So, that's it for another incredible Dreamcatcher Tour. Thanks again to the Kids Help Phone; our project coordinator Michele Schultz; administrator Shelley Wilde; and a special thanks to Russell Gordon, who donated the original artwork of Tom and Susan that was used in all our promotional material.
If your community would like to be considered as a tour stop for 2003, send us an email or fax us a letter and we may be in touch by February 2003.
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