Be the Village: Dialogues with the Dalai Lama Vancouver 2014

On October 21, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama returns to Vancouver to engage and inspire prominent thought leaders from business, education and the community to ‘be the village’ to expand a focus on heart-mind well-being in children and youth in British Columbia.

During his previous visits to Vancouver, the Dalai Lama challenged British Columbians to advance heart-mind learning in children and youth. Heart-Mind learning has been proven to not only improve the well-being of children, but it also improves academic performance.

Since then, the Dalai Lama Center has become a strong voice in promoting “education of the heart” which results in more peaceful, secure, engaged, and compassionate children. And British Columbia has become a global leader in incorporating heart-mind learning into school curriculum.

We are pleased to note that Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl will participate on the panel with the Dalai Lama.

Please visit The Dalai Lama Center website to learn more and to buy tickets.

HELP's Fall Research Expo 2012 Event Summary

Thank you for participating in HELP’s Fall Research Exposition 2012. The day was a great success and we are already planning next year’s event.

This post is intended to provide you with links to the keynote videos as well as access to some additional resources. 

Video Recordings

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Martin Guhn

Dr. Ziba Vaghri

Event Photos

We have posted a selection of pictures from this event on HELP's Flickr Page. If you would like to receive a copy of a particular image for your own personal use, please send your request to

HELP Communication Materials

HELP's Fact Sheets, Research Briefs, and other communications materials are available for download from our Documents Library.


MDI Tools for Action Workshop

When: Monday November 5, 1-4pm
Where: United Way Boardroom, 4543 Canada Way  Burnaby, BC

The MDI is a survey that children fill out in Grade 4 that measures five broad aspects of their development: social and emotional development, connectedness, school experiences, physical health and well-being and constructive use of after school time. The survey also gathers information about assets within the home, school, and community needed for positive childhood development.

This workshop will bring together school and community professionals to work with a suite of resources that support the use of MDI data to inform program and policy changes at the local, regional and provincial level. It will move participants through the process of understanding the importance of the middle years, developing competency in interpreting MDI results, and learning how to use these data in moving to action.

Note: this is the same workshop that was presented at the HELP Fall Research Expo on Oct. 24, 2012.

To register, please visit the MDI Tools for Action registration page. 


New HELP Fall Research Exposition keynote previews are now available

Want to learn more about HELP's October 24 Fall Research Exposition keynotes? Visit the HELP YouTube channel to view presentation preview videos featuring Dr. Martin Guhn, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl and Dr. Ziba Vaghri.

The afternoon workshop session is completely full but there are still some seats available for the morning keynote sessions. To learn more and register, please visit HELP's Events page.

Congratulations Kim Schonert-Reichl and Vote for YWCA Connecting the Community Award

MDI Principal Investigator Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction award. In addition to this honour, Kim is able to win a $10,000 donation from Scotiabank for the YWCA through the Connecting the Community Award. This award is to be allocated toward the program area of each Women of Distinction nominee’s choice. There are five program areas in total and Kim is campaigning for Healthy Choices for Youth.

From Thursday, April 19 to Tuesday, May 22, the public can cast their votes for their favourite program area of choice. Voters can vote once every 24 hours per computer. The voting site will close on Tuesday, May 22 at noon. To vote, please visit the Connecting the Community Award voting site.

The program area with the most votes receives the Connecting the Community Award and Scotiabank will donate $10,000 to the YWCA to support that program area.

The Women of Distinction Awards, including the announcement of the winner of the Connecting the Community Award, are on Thursday, May 24, 2012. More information about the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards as well as the Connecting the Community Award is available on the YWCA Women ...

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