Building Your Wellness Toolbox- Essential Self-Care Strategies for School Staff

As essential front-line workers during a pandemic it’s critical that school staff take active steps to guard their emotional well-being and strengthen their mental health. We will be learning evidence-based strategies to regulate our nervous systems from a place of "fight and flight” to “rest and digest.” This is an experiential & holistic workshop taught by sisters Katherine Brach (High School Counsellor) & Christy Lanctot-Brach (Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher & Nurse) that focuses on practical strategies. We will make a wellness plan by identifying deliberate actions that can be taken on a daily, weekly, monthly basis to maintain and/or recover personal wellness. Resilience doesn’t just involve strength; it includes reaching out to build your resources & toolkit. Come prepared to share, laugh and learn together! 

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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  • G.P. Vanier Secondary
    Katherine Brach

    Katherine started her teaching career in the Canadian Arctic, working in remote, fly-in Indigenous communities. It was there that she learned first hand about high-suicide rates and mental health struggles of young people and thus began her journey into school counselling. For the past 8 years, she has been a high school counsellor in Smithers, BC and this September, moved to G.P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay..  Katherine has a love of everything that grows, she keeps bees and chickens along with a big garden. Katherine is a mental health advisor for the Bulkley Valley Critical Incident Response Training (CIRT) which provides emergency first aid and debriefing to First Responders and others who have experienced an acute traumatic event. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). Katherine is the Advocacy Rep for the BC School Counsellors Association and is passionate about elevating the important work that BC school counsellors do!


  • Christy Brach

    Christy Brach has been studying spirituality and eastern philosophy for over a decade. Her personal daily practice of mindfulness meditation and yoga has been her foundation. Christy works as a nurse in Whistler’s emergency room. Her daily practices help her to stay grounded and resourced in her dynamic work environment. Christy is a yoga teacher and is currently studying mindfulness with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach to become a certified Mindfulness Teacher. Christy understands the importance of living in alignment with one's intuition and most authentic self. She loves communing in nature and spending time in the mountains and by the sea with her husband and toddler.