Selkirk students cook up Guatemala fare to raise funds for trip

Third-year nursing students are bringing a taste of Guatemala to Trail tonight with a traditional rice and beans dinner

Third-year nursing students are bringing a taste of Guatemala to Trail tonight with a traditional rice and beans dinner to help raise awareness and funds toward an experience of a lifetime.

Fourteen Selkirk College students are preparing to embark on their greatest practicum, yet – a three-week stint in the Central American country where they will teach community health prevention this spring (April 25-May 18).

Collaborating with partners Association of Women in Solidarity, Mayan People’s Clinic of La Esmeralda, the Cooperative of Nuevo Horizonte and the community of Sipikapa, the students will work in community capacity teaching hand and dental hygiene and sexual health.

“I’m looking forward to working in a totally different environment, learning how to work with little resources and different cultures and learning how to build community capacity,” said student Braedon Mauro, who along with co-pilot Marlee Gaskell is heading the Trail fundraiser, one of many in the region planned to reach their $30,000 mark.

The students have learned some insight of life in the poverty-stricken country in their Global Health Course taught by instructor Mary Ann Morris but look forward to a real eye-opening experience.

“I’m really community based so that’s kind of where I’m leaning toward once I graduate,” said Gaskell. “So being out of the hospital and actually implementing our own kind of programs will be the biggest thing for me.”

The nursing students completed their first practicum in an extended care facility in their first year of studies before working in medical, surgical and acute psychiatry by second year. Third year work experience focuses on the educational aspect of health, with Mauro teaching sexual health at a couple local elementary schools while Gaskell is committed to street-outreach nursing in Nelson and working at Selkirk’s sexual health clinic.

Instructors Mary Ann Morris and Tammie Clarke along with volunteer Michael Chapman will lead the fifth group of students over the past six years to visit Guatemala.

The fundraisers put on by the students are not only an opportunity to bridge the gap between Guatemala and local communities in the region, but also act as team-building exercises before the group heads off overseas to spend countless hours together facilitating programs.

Friday’s meal will tout traditional fare, including rice, beans, salsa, coleslaw, corn bread and dessert. But the event will also feature a silent auction, raffle and slide show presentation.

Ten-dollar tickets can be purchased and delivered in advance by emailing trailbeansandrice@gmail.com or by calling 364-2076. Tickets can  be picked up at JBS Business Services or at the door.

The dinner will be held at the Riverbelle at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

SD20 now has an electric bus. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay-Columbia School District 20 adds electric bus to fleet

Bus will be incorporated into Castlegar route for next school year

Painting by Dave Davies from Shaver’s Bench facing Teck Trail.
Happy 120th Birthday to the City of Trail!

The town of Trail Creek- or Trail Creek Landing - was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1901.

Cropped photo: Silver Screen Drive-in will be in the upper parking lot of Waneta Plaza.
Summer drive-in returns to Trail unveiling blockbuster movies

PHOTOS: Scroll to bottom for a trip down memory lane to the Auto Vue Drive-In

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen collapses during game against Finland

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Most Read