Cir­cle of Health marks 20 years

On­line work­shop se­ries of­fered Feb. 11 to March 1

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Now used in coun­tries around the world, a spe­cial on­line work­shop se­ries is be­ing of­fered Feb. 11 to March 1 to mark this mile­stone an­niver­sary.

It all started 20 years ago, when in­spi­ra­tion struck Patsy Beat­tie-Hug­gan while look­ing at a me­dieval map of the world on the wall of the Rodd Char­lot­te­town Ho­tel.

She was work­ing on a com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­ject with Is­lan­ders who were seek­ing to cre­ate an in­clu­sive tool for health pro­mo­tion in the prov­ince. And the com­pass rose on the me­dieval map in­spired the de­sign that would be­come the Cir­cle of Health.

The Cir­cle of Health draws upon the abo­rig­i­nal medicine wheel pro­mot­ing holis­tic health — phys­i­cal, emo­tional, men­tal and spir­i­tual well-be­ing; the goals es­tab­lished in the Ottawa Char­ter for Health Pro­mo­tion and the de­ter­mi­nants of health.

The idea is that ev­ery­one can achieve a healthy life within a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment, no mat­ter what their so­cial, cul­tural or eco­nomic back­ground may be.

And while this health pro­mo­tion tool was de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for P.E.I. com­mu­ni­ties and in­ter­sec­toral groups, it has spread around the world. The Cir­cle of Health has been trans­lated into six lan­guages and is used as far away as Ser­bia and Brazil.

In P.E.I., it is one of the main teach­ing tools of the At­lantic Sum­mer In­sti­tute on Healthy and Safe Com­mu­ni­ties.

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of the Cir­cle of Health, along with the 30th an­niver­sary of the Ottawa Char­ter in 2016, Beat­tieHug­gan is fa­cil­i­tat­ing a five-part se­ries of on­line health pro­mo­tion work­shops us­ing the frame­work.

The work­shops, en­ti­tled A Global Per­spec­tive: Work Across Sec­tors with Pos­i­tive Re­sults, are or­ga­nized by The Quaich, the P.E.I.-based con­sul­tancy that cham­pi­ons the Cir­cle of Health. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to use the cir­cle in the con­text of their own work and life and will gain skills in fa­cil­i­ta­tion, part­ner­ship de­vel­op­ment and col­lab­o­ra­tive plan­ning.

The on­line work­shops run from Feb. 11 to March 1 and will be of­fered in the morn­ings and af­ter­noons so they can be widely ac­ces­si­ble. Prices vary with dis­counts avail­able to groups of two or more. A spe­cial re­duced rate is also avail­able for stu­dents and those on a low in­come.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the­quaich.pe.ca/work­shops or email Beat­tie-Hug­gan at patsy@the­quaich.pe.ca.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Patsy Beat­tie-Hug­gan was in­spired by a com­pass rose de­sign on a me­dieval map when she helped cre­ate the Cir­cle of Health 20 years ago.

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