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NWCC Dean speaks on wellness in the North at regional health conference

Northwest Community College (NWCC) Dean Louise Lefebvre is one of four keynote speakers at a regional health conference taking place in Terrace yesterday and today. Organized by a coalition of health related organizations for community leaders, health practitioners, policy makers and engaged citizens, the Stronger Together: Learning and Connecting for Healthier Communities conference aims to explore health promotion and healthy lifestyles in Northern BC, and collaboration with diverse communities and culture. The event is being described as a learning event for the north, by the north, in the north. Lefebvre, who has over 30 years of experience in the field of education and a long history of working with people who face multiple barriers, was the first to speak at the conference yesterday morning. She opened the event with a talk called Positive View of Living and Working in the North. Lefebvre, Dean of Aboriginal Service Planning, Student Services and Developmental Education at NWCC, started working at the Colleges Hazelton Campus in October 2006. She has held a variety of positions at NWCC including instructor in the Special Education Assistant program and more recently regional coordinator of the Essential Skills for Work program. Lefebvre is originally from the Ottawa Valley and of Kanien'kehake (Mohawk)/French descent. The health meetings three other keynote speakers include Arlene Roberts from the Kermode Friendship Centre, Jodi Mucha from the BC Health Coalition, and Theresa Healy of the Northern Health Authority. The Stronger Together: Learning and Connecting for Healthier Communities conference is happening all day Oct. 20 and 21 at the Knox United Church. The last session takes place at 3:15 pm today and marks the end of the conference.

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