Dwayne Peace is returning to our school this week from Jan. 8-10. Dwayne is a retired 25–year member of the Calgary Police Service where he spent the last seven years of his career as a School Resource Officer (SRO). Dwayne has a special talent for working with youth, and a passion for helping to make a difference in their lives.
He presented to our whole school last year on a variety of challenges that our students are faced with on a daily basis including bullying, cyber-bullying and online behaviour, body image, suicide, rumours, gossip, drama and more. In addition, he worked with a small group of mixed –grade students in the afternoon further investigating these issues and their impact on the students. This group of students recommended that Dwayne return to the school and do the small group session with individual grade groups.
While Dwayne is at TRSS he will be completing a 3 hour session with each grade level focusing on life’s challenges in secondary school. Students will learn how to make changes in their thinking and actions, and become more aware of how they can help those around them by doing so. It allows participants to witness firsthand that they have much more in common than what makes them different, yet they focus on each other’s differences. This session will motivate and empower the participants to make some positive changes in their lives and those around them.
“We talk about empathy but this allowed each of the students to experience empathy in a real and meaningful way”. – An administrator’s comment to Dwayne following a small group session.
“I don’t know what happened, but for the first time in a long time, my son came home and gave me a long hug before he told me that he loved me. He committed to saying it more in the future”. – A mother in tears prior to a parent session following a small group session at her son’s school.
We really look forward to having Dwayne back in our school. He has this innate ability to connect with kids and help them connect in a positive way with each other. If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail. If you want to learn more about Dwayne, check out his website at lifesynergy4youth.com/.