Faye Willick, Executive Director at DASH, sat down with Nisha Khare as part of Stigma-Free Society’s Wellness Chat series on Facebook Live. They discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on student and staff well-being in schools across British Columbia and Faye speaks to how DASH as an organization has responded to the emerging needs. They dive into stories from Faye’s past and she explains how she found herself as DASH’s Executive Director and why she finds the work so meaningful.
Wellness Chats with Nisha in dialogue with Faye Willick- Executive Director of Dash BCDASH – Dedicated Action for School Health is a not-for-profit society committed to promoting, supporting and facilitating the creation of healthy school communities in BC.Faye Willick:With a wealth of experience and knowledge in the education, health and business sectors, Faye brings her broad management expertise to the role of Executive Director. She has held positions as a secondary school physical education teacher and a college instructor, in addition to holding a variety of administrative, management, and consultant roles. As a physical education teacher, Faye’s philosophy was teach students to be active for life and coach students to be better athletes. As a teacher, Faye encouraged students to “be all that you can be”. Faye’s career has taken her to Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and now British Columbian. Faye was a prominent advocate of the health and wellbeing of First Nations and was influential in operationalizing a wellness centre in support of three distinct First Nation groups in northern BC. At DASH, everything we do is about making students healthier for life. Our focus is on healthy eating, physical activity, student and staff well-being and substance use. DASH facilitates and supports school communities to create optimal conditions for students to learn how to be healthy for life. DASH uses the definition for Well-being from the World Health Organization (WHO)“Well-being is the experience of health, happiness and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose and ability to manage stress”.***Disclaimer: In this video we are going to talk about how COVID-19 is impacting our lives. Some people are enjoying staying home while others are having a difficult time staying inside, and everything in between. This is new territory for all of us. If you feel like you are at risk or in crisis regarding your mental health, know that you need to stop watching and call 911 so that our amazing first responders can do their jobs.
Posted by Stigma-Free Society – SFS on Thursday, September 24, 2020