DVSS cel­e­brates Canada’s 150th year with sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Terri Hux­ley

As part of DVSS’s Canada 150 cel­e­bra­tion, key­note speaker Wal­ter McDonald White­bear spoke to a full gym­na­sium about cul­tural di­ver­sity and lead­er­ship.

Stu­dents in the con­nec­tions op­tions course were chal­lenged to go on a week long con­nec­tions trip to Kamp Ki­wa­nis and lis­ten to dif­fer­ent key­note speak­ers, par­tic­i­pate in lead­er­ship ac­tiv­i­ties and group dis­cus­sions along­side 70 other mem­bers.

“It’s stu­dents from all these dif­fer­ent schools across Al­berta so each group will have dif­fer­ent stu­dents so we get to meet each other and we dis­cuss things like di­ver­sity,” said Ar­land Zata­nia, one of the spear­heads for the cel­e­bra­tion.

“It was a pretty di­verse crowd too so there was a cou­ple schools like big city schools, lit­tle town schools, like a pretty di­verse group of peo­ple,” added Max Gruner.

Once they come back, they must do some work to broaden other stu­dent’s hori­zons.

Max Gruner and Ar­land Zata­nia were the driv­ing forces be­hind White­bear’s visit to the school as they had heard him speak dur­ing the trip.

An­other project the class is work­ing on is a heart out­line that will be filled with stu­dent’s thumbprints in the near fu­ture.

“One of the speak­ers said that each per­son is like a thumbprint so we wanted to take that idea and make each stu­dent take their thumb- print and put it in an anatom­i­cally cor­rect heart,” said Zata­nia.

So far, the boys are en­joy­ing the course and are happy to learn how to pur­sue pos­i­tive change.

“It gives you op­por­tu­nity to make changes in your school so all-in-all I’d rec­om­mend it to any­body I know,” said Gruner.

Along with the pre­sen­ta­tion and per­for­mance by White­bear, stu­dents were able to get into the sun­shine and try out the blow-up ob­sta­cle cour­ses or line up for the food truck.

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