+Positive Voice is an innovative program in London, Ontario that supports the development of +positive narratives and +positive community connections by urban Aboriginal women, 18 years and older, who are a transitioning to employment or education. We have been nominated for the Champion of Mental Health Award by CMHA Middlesex and for the Pillar Community Innovation Awards in 2017.
We will be holding 2 new sessions of Positive Voice in Fall 2017:
September 12-October 26
November 7-December 21
The programming takes place Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm for 7 weeks. Participants are provided with a digital camera, SD card, SD card reader, and camera case to use during the program and to keep upon program completion. Participants are also provided with a photobook, prints, and postcards of their creations.
Program participants learn more about social and digital media, photography and writing positive narratives through hands-on experience and through interacting with guest speakers and artists. In addition, we hosted government representatives from the city, provincial and national levels. The content created by our participants is shared through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The entire process is participant driven and overseen by an advisory committee of Aboriginal women and community practitioners.
To support the sharing of positive portrayals of Aboriginal women with the larger community and to provide networking opportunities for our participants, we organized community art exhibits and displays at community events.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between London Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Positive Voice Pilot Program External Evaluation Report: please click to view this pdf
PARTICIPANT REFERRAL FORM
Is your client an urban Arboriginal woman experiencing a life transition and over the age of 18?
+Positive Voice assists urban Aboriginal women with developing positive life narratives and positive community connections. We are not a peer support or group therapy program. Participants must not be in crisis and must demonstrate that they are in transition to education or employment in order access the program. Providing one-on-one support or counselling is not within the mandate of our program. Childcare also needs to be in place as we do not have the facilities or the capacity to provide childcare . Please ensure that your client is aware of the need to attend every day of the program in order to ensure completion. Accommodation can be made in the event of unexpected personal circumstances based on consultation with the Program Coordinator.
Do you have a signed consent to release your client’s information to +Positive Voice?
Before submitting the online referral form, the person named in the referral must give written consent for you and your agency to share information with +Positive Voice at Nokee Kwe. This information and referral form is kept confidential by Nokee Kwe and the +Positive Voice program. It’s only used for administrative purposes.
Have you completed the online referral form?
Filling out the referral application is the first step to having your client become a +Positive Voice participant. Your client will receive a welcome email outlining more details related to the program once the referral is received.