What is a Healthy School?

Educators, health professionals, youth leaders, and students define what a healthy school means to them.

Healthy Living Youth Council – Join Us!

Promotional video for the Healthy Living Youth Council! Join us this September 2013!

Walk the Globe Promotional Video

This video talks about the benefits and highlights of participating in Walk the Globe.

iWalk highlights 2012

Highlights from schools around BC celebrating International Walk to School Week (iWalk) 2012. Thank you to all the schools who submitted pictures.

Comprehensive School Health in a Nutshell

This short and simple video explains Comprehensive School Health(CSH) and how this holistic approach can be implemented in the school setting.

Healthy Schools Initiatives at Suwilaawks Community School

This video highlights some of the inspiring healthy schools initiatives at Suwilaawks Community School in SD #82, who participates in both the After School Sports Initiative (ASSI) and Healthy Schools Network (HSN). Click here to read their HSN year-end story.

Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework

This video demonstrates a simple step-by-step process to create healthy schools. The steps are based on the process outlined in the Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework (HS LF).

Walk the Globe 2012

A fun video from Victory Secondary School and Royal Christian College in Pallisa, Uganda created for their partner school Alpha Secondary in Burnaby, B.C.

What is Healthy Living Youth Council?

This video introduces BC’s first Healthy Living Youth Council. Meet the youth who will be making change in school communities across BC.

Community of Learners: Lessons Learned. Presentation from Lynn Brown at DASH HSN Meeting

Lynn Brown presents at the October 3rd, 2012 Healthy Schools Network (HSN) meeting on her lessons learned from creating a “Community of Learners” at Dover Bay Secondary School in Nanaimo BC.   This work was supported through an HSN grant.


Community of Learners 2013: Wellington Secondary School & South Wellington Elementary School

This video showcases the Community of Learners work of Lynn Brown, Mary-Lynn Epps, Wellington Secondary School, and South Wellington Elementary School, supported by the DASH Healthy Schools Network, 2013. Secondary students from Wellington Secondary visit South Wellington Elementary as a component of creation of a Community of Learners

9th Annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium: Learning Highlights

Key learnings and highlights from the 9th Annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium , hosted by DASH in partnership with Healthy Schools BC on May 4th & 5th, 2015.

9th Annual Symposium – Keynote by Seamus Damstrom

Seamus Damstrom is a Healthy Living Youth Council Alumnus who participated in the Youth Council in 2014 and now serves as a leader and mentor to new participants. In addition to his contributions to the youth council, Seamus is a recognized leader in his home community of Terrace, BC. In December, 2014 he was named Northern Health’s Community Health Star of the month for his outstanding leadership in creating a “healthy food revolution” at Caledonia Secondary School. Currently a Grade 12 student about to graduate, he hopes to become a dietician so he can continue following his passion for creating healthy school communities across BC. DASH was honoured to have Seamus share his story at the Symposium on the importance of including students in healthy schools work, and what students can bring to these conversations.

9th Annual Symposium – Keynote by Kevin Millsip

Kevin Millsip has been a passionate driver of social change, sustainable food systems, and youth empowerment both nationally and internationally for many years. As the Co-founder and Director of the Next Up organization, he supports youth across Canada to be involved in social change leadership and innovation. Kevin has also previously served as a Vancouver School Board Trustee, where he drafted one of Canada’s strongest policies protecting students from advertising in schools. Today he remains an active member of the School Board through his involvement in sustainability planning in the areas of urban food systems and active transportation. DASH was honored to have Kevin present his work at our 9th annual Healthy Schools Leadership Symposium on May 4th and 5th, 2015.

9th Annual Symposium – Using the Six Strategies that Foster School Connectedness

In this moderated discussion, six School Connectedness Capacity Building Initiative grant recipients from BC share their wisdom on fostering connectedness in schools. The panel of presenters share some key strategies they have used to increase connectedness and the impact that it has had on their school environment. Be inspired by their success and learn about the big ideas and small steps that have made a difference for them.

Presented by: Harriette Chang (SD43), Jan Fichtner (SD27), Jeff Fitton (SD67), Mark Newbery (SD82), Deb Taylor (SD41), & Rob Zambrano (SD43). Moderated by: Kim Weatherby (DASH BC)

9th Annual Symposium – A Social Innovation Lab Approach to Advancing Wellbeing in Schools

Presented by: Vani Jain, J.W. McConnell Foundation
Illustrator: Sam Bradd

This session provides an overview of social innovation labs as a platform for addressing complex problems, and in particular, a lab recently created by the J.W. McConnell Foundation that focuses on strategies for addressing child and youth wellbeing in the school setting.