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Young Castlegar women get familiar with concept of Emotional Intelligence

These young women were the focus of a two-day workshop staged through Selkirk College. - Derek Kaye
These young women were the focus of a two-day workshop staged through Selkirk College.
— image credit: Derek Kaye

Saturday, November 30, 10 participants including their leader Laura Zeman attended the second day of a two day workshop that was part of a program titled Young Women Engaged. The program is facilitated through Selkirk College and the workshop was at the MIR Centre for Peace.

The young woman presented their projects which were all unique to them. The projects were of their own design and benefited individuals, families and their community.

Laura Zeman eloquently described the Young Women Engage  as a “Focus on Emotional Intelligence and leadership development skills.” The program “Offers an opportunity for young women to explore and refine what it is they want to do, what their goals are “How you see yourself as a leader in the community.

The theory of emotional intelligence played a large aspect of the workshop, and was described by

Tiyena Laurin-Krause as “self-reflection, looking back and thinking what you have done and learning from it.” Zeman  described  emotional intelligence as “The ability to acknowledge your emotional experience and weave through so you can make good decisions and build healthy relationships and problem solve.” She added, “...be open to opportunities that come your way.”

The facilitator also declared the “Concept of leadership we brought to the table was authentic mindful and compassionate leadership.” She added, “the Service Learning Project engaged the young women to make a positive influence on somebody’s life or the community.”

The Young Women Engage was facilitated through Selkirk College as a Continuing Education program and was sponsored by Zellstoff Celgar, Nelson and District Youth Centre, the Boundary Family and Individuals Services Society and as well by The Kootenay Bakery Cafe, Oso Negro and The Village Ski Hut.

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