|Mr. Eric Li, the representative of Chinese Family Services of Ontario and volunteers from Vision Youth|
Due to rapid economic and information technology development and advancement, people’s lifestyles are becoming more hectic. Many people, especially new Chinese immigrants, are under intense pressure from the new living environment. Problems like problem gambling, domestic violence, etc. to a large part are derived from the drastic pressure that people are experiencing. In this case, more mental support provided to this group of people is essential in order to let them get into the Canadian society. Last Friday, a team of Vision Youth volunteers visited Chinese Family Services of Ontario to learn about the scope of services that the center provides as well as understand more about Chinese Canadians’ mental health issues like problem gambling, depression, domestic violence, etc. Dr. Li, a registered psychologist, also explained to the volunteers the career path of being a psychologist in Ontario and his plentiful experiences allowed the volunteers to know more about the career prospect of counseling and providing psychological services.
|Bronze Visioneers at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park|
Starting from this week, Bronze Visioneers have gradually started embarking on their new and exciting journey in terms of outdoor trainings. They went to a practice hike trip, which was held in Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, to start their first hike in full hiking gear. First step is always the hardest. Some Visioneers would have a thought of giving up due to the long distance of the trip or other reasons. However, as supported and encouraged by other team members, these Visioneers could gain confidence and persist in finishing the trip since they have learnt that the real challenge (i.e. a more difficult qualifying hike) was yet to come and they ought to finish the practice hike trip in order to proceed. The counselors, who accompanied the Visioneers, expressed the idea that the more psychological struggles you had, the more you can learn from these sufferings. Also, the Visioneers had a deeper understanding toward the idea of perseverance and teamwork after the trip.
Silver Visioneers also spent a meaningful weekend with Vision Youth as they participated in City Mosaic, which was a program originated from Across U-Hub and co-designed by volunteers from Vision Youth, and had an exciting experience in downtown Toronto. City Mosaic aims to motivate young Canadians to explore downtown Toronto and learn the unique history, culture, architecture, minority cuisines, etc. of Toronto. Such an exploration and experiential learning opportunity deepened the participants’ understanding toward their living place as well as conveyed a message – unveil the mask and be open-minded to learn things behind could be beneficial to self-learning.
|Gold Visioneers were enjoying the session|
Besides Bronze and Silver Visioneers, Gold Visioneers also had a wonderful time in the weekend. They gathered around at Woodbine Beach Park and had team-building games together. The team bonding among these Visioneers has been strengthened as well.