On Oct. 11th, Pemberton Secondary School and The Women's Institute joined together to celebrate The International Day of the Girl. The event was scheduled in the drama room during lunch time with the support of drama teacher Christa Duttchen, as well as Amy Erskine and Brenda Mcleod.
The girls arrived to the sounds of “I am woman, hear me roar!” and after getting the soup, buns and popcorn they settled down on the floor to watch a 12-minute video that is part of the award winning movie, Girl Rising: The Nepal Chapter.
That is when the magic began. The focus changed from themselves to the journey of Suma, that girl who was featured, and the energy in the room was electrifying. True concern was written in their faces and changed to relief when the young girl's destiny changed.
The room was quiet when the video came to an end. Cindy Filipenko, our motivational speaker, brought the girls back to the present, touching on the current pressures the girls are facing.
"Never forget that you are amazing and that no one has the right to make you feel inferior. You can make your dreams a reality by working hard. Be sensitive to your fellow students and friends and listen to your mothers. (That drew a chuckle throughout the room.) Your problems are different than our generation (of mothers) so understand that they want you to be happy and safe.Do not be afraid to discuss any problems you have with your peers, parents etc. — there is always someone out there ready to listen."
Georgette Metcalfe followed with a group activity.
"You are a powerful being with your feet rooted into the soil, like a tree. You are warriors, strong in body and mind.” She reminded them that all those pictures you see of perfect bodies, perfect makeup and perfect poses are ridiculous. Yoga is body, mind and breath connection.
“Connect with yourself, connect with others." The exercise was a great success and everyone really got into it. The end-of-lunch bell rang to quickly and after a loud applause and thank-yous the girls left with pamphlets and book markers to make other students aware of the importance of the day.
The Women's Institute is planning to introduce The International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, 2014 to the primary and Kindergarten schools in Pemberton Thank you to: Judith Walton, Fran Cuthbert, Jeannette Helmer, Valerie Megeney for making the soup, Linda Welsh for the dinner rolls and Rosalind Young for the popcorn. It was delicious! Submitted by Valerie Megeney PEMBERTON