The Walk for Hope

The Walk for Hope

Walk offers support for families

The May 14 Walk for Hope brought awareness to the issue of suicide and prevention.

The Walk for Hope took place in Port Hardy May 14.

The annual event is coordinated by Stephanie Nelson through her position as Connections Worker at Port Hardy Secondary School. Her role involves bringing together community, parents, students and staff through a holistic approach.

“We use the walk as an awareness and prevention for suicide,” Nelson said.

“We have had suicides within our community,” she said, and the walk is a way to unite and support families and come together in a healthy way.

“It is really well attended by families who have lost loved ones to suicide.”

This was the third annual walk and there was great participation.

“Our numbers are usually between 60 and 70,” said Nelson.

The group gets together and makes posters that have positive affirmations.

“This year PHSS Grade 12 student Tristan Swain Walkus composed a really powerful song about strength and hope for aboriginal people,” she said.

“The event had great energy.”