Heart-Mind Newsletter June 2016

News and updates from the Dalai Lama Center for Peace + Education
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Early-bird registration on until July 15!

The Heart-Mind 2016 conference will be held October 21-22, 2016 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, British Columbia.

Hosted once again by acclaimed journalist and Heart-Mind expert, Maria LeRose, the theme of this year's conference is Cultivating Resilience. Explore, learn and inquire through two days of presentations, workshops and networking. 

Hear compelling personal stories and learn from leading experts about the science behind this positive human quality, and how you can cultivate resilience in the children and youth you teach and care for at home, in school and in the community.

Register at dalailamacenter.org.





The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is pleased to announce several recent additions to our team.

Gloria MacarenkoAward-winning CBC host, Gloria Macarenko, has joined our Board of Trustees, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience through her many years of hard work and dedication in British Columbia, not only as a respected journalist, but also as a volunteer for a number of local charitable organizations, including Arts Umbrella, Dr. Peter Centre, RCH Hospital Foundation, BC Cancer Foundation, the Gordon Smith Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Prince Rupert Foundation and the International Women's Forum.

We would also like to welcome Kareen Hudson, who joins the DLC staff as our new Program Director. Kareen brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of family services, education and health. As founder and manager of the RSVP Program, an award-winning and widely utilized Social and Emotional Learning program in Vancouver schools, Kareen's experience and interests align well with the Dalai Lama Center's mission to educate the hearts of children. 

A retired Member of BC's Legislative Assembly, Mary McNeil was Minister of State for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver/Whistler. She also served as Minister for Children and Family Development. Mary is currently on the Board of the Vancouver Opera, the Board of the Arpeg Group of Companies, and is the newest member of our Board of Trustees.

An accomplished, senior-level executive in philanthropy and public policy, Stephen Shapiro has also joined our Board of Trustees. Stephen has a unique 25-year background in government, the public sector - including health care and universities — and in a variety of non-profit organizations. Stephen has led high-performance teams and created transformational change in a number of settings.




Check out the latest evidence-informed learning resources for parents and teachers at heartmindonline.org.


Heart-Mind Online supports Heart-Mind well-being in homes, schools and communities by providing freely accessible learning resources, activities, research and general information for all those who care for and teach children. Everything we share is informed by the latest research on social/emotional learning and child development. Be sure share the website with other parents, teachers, service providers, and anyone who works with children and families. 

In connection with our upcoming conference and the theme of Cultivating Resilience, here are 5 insightful resources to read and share.

The Art of Praise: Encouraging “Resilient” Confidence
Parents and educators can help children handle life’s challenges by tailoring how they give praise.

The ABC’s of Self Motivation
The big, hairy, audacious goal of both society and schools is for children to be supported holistically as they develop their individual potential and become lifelong learners who are self-reliant, creative thinkers and able to contribute to a vibrant and sustainable society in our changing world.

Schools that Strengthen Resilience
How can we cultivate opportunities for "the rose to grow from concrete"? What is the role of schools to strengthen resilience in children and youth?

Roll With It: Being Resilient
What enables some people to "roll with the punches" when they encounter life challenges, while others find it harder to bounce back?

Student Insight for Heart-Mind Well-being
“Aha” moments happen when we have a sudden discovery or realization. When we gain insight the “aha” experience influences our well-being. One way to improve Heart-Mind well-being is to choose strategies that facilitate the leap between an “aha” experience, and the development of insight.


With the support of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the DLC recently trained the first cohort of facilitators of our popular Heart-Mind Well-being Workshops.

This initiative aims to build capacity in BC communities to promote Heart-Mind well-being in children and youth through developing learning resources, workshops and a train-the-trainer distributed delivery model. Workshops and training are designed to be adapted for multiple stakeholders from the social service, sports and recreation and education sectors.

In May, the DLC's Kareen Hudson and Maria LeRose worked with thirteen accomplished professionals from Metro Vancouver and beyond, helping to increase our capacity to meet the growing demand from educators and service providers for our Heart-Mind Well-Being Workshops.

Contact [email protected] if you would like to inquire about a Heart-Mind Well-being Workshop for your group or organization.
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The Dalai Lama Center’s Heart-Mind programs and free learning resources are only possible because of the support and generosity of people like you who share our vision for a more compassionate and peaceful world. Please donate to educate the hearts of children.
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