To all the amazing school counsellors, admin staff, principals, vice-principals, teachers, and students of Cowichan Secondary, Chemainus Secondary, Frances Kelsey, Quamichan Middle School, and Lake Cowichan Secondary,
It is with great sadness that the Leadership and Resiliency Program (LRP) is ending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the countless ways you opened your schools and hearts to LRP over the past five years. We are so humbled by the wonderful successes of this program, and are forever grateful for the ways this program brought our agency and your schools closer together. It is a partnership we so appreciate and value.
During the course of LRP, we have clearly witnessed and experienced not only the direct positive impacts the program has had, but also the ongoing ripple effects we see in the community. Along the way we have heard and witnessed so many incredible ways that LRP made a difference in the lives of these youth. The youth shared that it made them better leaders, more equipped to express their feelings, and excited to set goals and intentions for their future. They expressed that the program helped them connect more with their own identity and helped them gain respect and awareness about other ways of being, and they named that the space created in LRP was one of the few places they could feel a sense of belonging. The goal was to serve approximately 120 youth, and by our program’s end we have served approximately 300 youth. We attribute these higher than anticipated numbers to the positive feedback from students, and the enthusiasm and belief in the program from the schools. This program made a difference, and please know that you are part of that difference.
We acknowledge the many concerns of school staff and students that have been voiced due to the program coming to a close. We see the value of this program, and hear the powerful voices of the youth saying this program needs to continue. At this time, we are in the process of seeking potential funding sources to continue LRP. We will keep you informed to any future partnership and program opportunities we encounter.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We feel so thankful that we had the opportunity to be part of something so special.
With appreciation, CVYS and the LRP Team