By: Katherine Andree, Student at Val Marie School
On Thursday February 11th Mckenna Legault, Arlis Hanson, and I attended the Saskatchewan Association of Student Council Advisors (SASCA) Virtual Leadership Conference. Many schools from across Saskatchewan were able to attend and got to listen to three awesome speakers who shared some of their own personal stories and knowledge on the topics of mental health and leadership. The first speaker Nick Foley talked about his experience of traveling from Vancouver B.C to Saint John's Newfoundland, becoming a father of two amazing kids, and about his new outlook on life. Nick Foley shared a couple different stories about how he wanted to be remembered, and one thing that he had mentioned which really stuck out to me was that, when you want to give, you have to give 100%, there's no halfway, it’s got to be 100% all in.
Ashley Baer was the second speaker of the day that we listened to, and she talked lots about mental health. She did a couple activities for us to participate in and many of us were able to interact with her through the chat bar on YouTube live. I was able to win a twenty-five dollar Amazon gift card, which was very exciting. The third and final speaker of the SASCA Virtual Leadership Conference was Ian Tyson. Ian Tyson was a great speaker and awesome to listen to. He had some great stories to share as well, and one message that he told which stood out to me the most was; be the person that anyone can feel safe and comfortable around. All three of the speakers for this conference were great, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next year brings for the SASCA Leadership Conference!