After weeks of preparation for the new post-COVID-19 normal, we were super excited to have the EXIT Program move from the virtual platform back to being delivered onsite in person. With the classroom reset to follow the social distancing and increased screening and cleaning guidelines, we welcomed the Participants and program staff back on June 25th. Each woman was given their own personal basket with program and cleaning supplies as well as a permanent classroom table and chair. We were away from the classroom for 3 months so it was exceptionally heartwarming to see the smiles and eagerness of everyone after being separated for so long. The only Zoom class that they will still participate in will be the weekly cooking class that we started while running virtually.
As we were finally able to come together in the classroom we were able to launch our new Indigenous Curriculum that has been in the making since last fall. With the support of a well rounded Advisory Panel with Indigenous Consultants, Leaders, Knowledge Keepers, and an Elder, we developed this much needed addition to our EXIT Program. We had our first class on July 2nd led by two of the Advisory members and the Participants cannot wait for the classes each week.
Lastly, our other exciting news is that we are also able to go on the Annual RESET Camping Trip! All of the Participants and their children as well as program staff will hop aboard a chartered 56 passenger bus this July and head out to camp for a full week. Programming does continue while we are camping and includes many life-skill activities, fun in the sun and the onsite pool as well as movie night outdoors on the Thursday. The Participants and staff are busy gathering and packing up the camping supplies in preparation of this long awaited event.
Take care and stay safe,
Executive Director, RESET Society