Family Studies Teachers Association

"Stepping Out . . . Again"

 

October 26, 2018

Agenda:

8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Registration 
9:00 a.m. Intro and Welcome
9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker:  Youth Project
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. AGM & break
11:00 a.m. Off We Go! 
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A1: "Barre" (St. Matthews Gym)
A2:  Science of Happiness (Church)
A3:  Canada`s Refugee Report Card (Pier 21)
A4:  Buying Local (Farmers Market)
A5:  MEC Day Hiking (MEC Community Room)
12:15 p.m.  -  1:30 p.m. Lunch:  On Your Own!  Have Fun & Enjoy!
Getting to your next session!
1:30 p.m.  -  2:30 p.m. B1:  Yoga Nidra (St. Matthews Gym)
B2:  "Transitioning to the New You" (Church)
B3:  Pier 21 Tour (Pier 21)
B4:  Atlantic Superstore (Atlantic Superstore)
B5: MEC Day Hiking (MEC Community Room)
2:45 p.m.  -  3:00 p.m.

Wrap-up / Evaluations / Receipts (Church)

Location:

St. Matthew's United Church
1479 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 1Z2

Click on the map to access directions.

Host Hotel:

Four Points Sheraton
1496 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3Z1

Phone:  902-423-4444 or book online

Rate:  $170.00 plus tax (parking is an additional $22.00)

A block of rooms is on hold until Sept. 24, 2018.  You must book on your own.

Fees:

NSTU Members (includes membership) $85.00
Students / Substitutes / Retirees $55.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Conference Program Contact Information

Denise Forgeron
Email:  fstaconference@nstu.ca

Additional Information:

  1. Please be advised that Lunch will be on your own. There are lots of lovely places to eat in the downtown area, you are encouraged to check them out, or if you wish, bring your own lunch to St. Matthews. 
  2. Parking near the church is very limited. The Four Points Sheraton has parking and is located very close to St. Matthew’s Church. Check out St. Matthew’s website for more suggestions.  Parking is available at the garage next to the Four Points Sheraton at a a cost of $22.00.
  3. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Several of our workshops require venturing off-site, but they are all within a 15 minute walk of St. Matthews Church.
  4. For those who don’t wish to “Step Out”, there are workshop options available at St. Matthew’s. These may involve using stairs.

Keynote: Youth Project

The Youth Project is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. We have a provincial mandate so although we are located in HRM, we travel around the province to meet with youth in other communities. We provide a variety of programs and services including support groups, referrals, supportive counselling, a resource library, educational workshops, social activities.

The Youth Project is a youth directed organization. Youth have decision making control over the direction and action of the Project. Our Youth Board ensures that our programs and services are relevant and needed by the youth who access the Project. The Youth Project is committed to providing leadership opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and ally youth.

We promote and nurture an environment that is appreciative of youth from all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. We value the contribution and experiences of all youth. 

FSTA Workshop Descriptions

FSTA reserves the right to cancel workshops if registration numbers are too low. This is a professional development conference for NSTU members.  Teachers who are currently teaching will get priority when registering for sessions with limited numbers.

AM Sessions:

A1:  Barre   
Erika Ferguson

Back by popular demand, Erika Ferguson will share her enthusiasm for health and fitness in a Barre class downstairs in the gym at St. Matthew’s Church. Erika created The RIO Method Barre and is a Level 3 Total Barre Instructor. Combining her expertise on safely moving and her extensive dance background, including 13+ years teaching movement classes, you are sure to leave feeling refreshed and inspired!  Dress appropriately for exercise. Bring a yoga mat.
Location: St. Matthew’s Gym  (minimum: 5; maximum 25)

A2 :  Science of Happiness  
Deirdre Kazi

Take control of your personal happiness in stressful times. Scientific studies have shown that 50% of our individual differences in happiness are determined by our genes, 10% by our life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities. This session will introduce you to some of the research-based “happy habits” that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being.
Location: St. Matthew’s Church (minimum: 10; maximum 35)

A3:   Canada’s Refugee Report Card 
Refuge Canada, which opened its doors in March 2018, examines the experiences of refugees in coming to Canada and Canada’s record in responding to waves of refugees from the start of the 20th century until the present. This interactive and thought-provoking program invites you to apply historical thinking skills to the driving question - is Canada’s response to refugees something I can be proud of? (Dress appropriately for the walk and weather)
Location: Pier 21  (minimum: 5; maximum 35)

A4:  Buying Local 
Jessie Doyle, RHN/Springhouse

What are the benefits of eating locally grown and produced food? Is it actually more nutritious, does it have an impact on our environment, does it affect our economy? Learn how to eat locally and seasonally for your own health, and the health of your community. Watch demonstrations, taste samples, and take home recipes featuring locally-grown ingredients. (Dress appropriately for the walk and weather)
Location: Farmers Market  (minimum: 10 /maximum 35)

A5:  Introduction to Day Hiking  
MEC Staff 

This beginner friendly clinic introduces participants to the equipment, skills and resources required for a safe and enjoyable day hike in non-winter conditions. By the end of the session, you will be familiar with the essential equipment required for a day hike. MEC can support your day hiking adventures and point you to popular options in your own region. (Dress appropriately for the walk and weather)
Location: MEC, 1550 Granville Street (minimum: 5 /maximum 12)

PM Sessions:

B1:  Yoga Nidra 
Dianne Graves/Therapeutic Approach Yoga Studio

Dianne has been on a meditative path from birth, preferring to sit in "time out" because it was quiet and she could close her eyes. She believes Yoga is a lifestyle that allows you to know and observe yourself and Yoga poses will never look the same for two different people of their life experiences. Join Dianne and you will benefit plus learn a great deal about yourself. Dress appropriately.
Location: St. Matthew’s Gym   (minimum: 5; maximum: 25)    

B2:  Transitioning to the New You   
Betty-Jean Aucoin, NSTU Executive Staff Officer

Teachers often go above and beyond supporting others, but often neglect their own needs. This session will guide you in establishing a work life balance to ensure you have the energy and time to devote to your professional and personal lives. Learn strategies on how to say no, create boundaries to protect your personal time and learn strategies to work smarter not harder.
Location: St. Matthew’s Church  (minimum: 5; maximum: 35)

B3:  Pier 21 Tour  
Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada through Pier 21. This was the entry point for one in five Canadians between 1928 and 1971. Participants will tour the Pier 21 exhibit and attend the showing of their original 20 minute mini documentary called In Canada. (Dress appropriately for the walk and weather)
Location: Pier 21  (minimum: 5; maximum 35)

B4:  Buying Local 
Jessie Doyle, RHN/Springhouse

What are the benefits of eating locally grown and produced food? Is it actually more nutritious, does it have an impact on our environment, does it affect our economy? Learn how to eat locally and seasonally for your own health, and the health of your community. Watch demonstrations, taste samples, and take home recipes featuring locally-grown ingredients. (Dress appropriately for the walk and weather)
Location: Farmers Market  (minimum: 10 /maximum 35)

B5:  Packing for an Overnight Trip 
MEC Staff
 
Do you enjoy hiking and the great outdoors, but are unsure of the gear required for an overnight trip? Come on down to MEC Halifax and become familiar with the essential equipment required for an overnight hiking and camping adventure, including: the 10 essentials, footware, clothing systems, cooking systems, sleeping systems, properly fitted packs and how to pack a backpack to ensure comfort and safety. (Dress appropriately for the walk and weather)
Location:  MEC, 1550 Granville St (minimum: 5 /maximum 12)


Please note: While we encourage members to have an NSTU web account, one is NOT REQUIRED to register for a conference.
You may register utilizing any email account.


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