All posts by Nadine Riopel

Nadine is a professional facilitator and connector. She is also an enthusiastic member of the Spruce Avenue community, where she lives with her husband and young son.

Determination is crucial for success Inner City High students work towards a better life

Students at Inner City High School, a school for high-risk youth, are self-aware about personal responsibility.

“It’s all on you if you’re going to succeed,” stressed Kirkland, whose cousins suggested he attend the school after he was kicked out of his home in Maskwacis. “You’ve got to be determined. The negative experiences push you to succeed. Everybody has hardships. It’s how you deal with them.” Continue reading Determination is crucial for success Inner City High students work towards a better life

Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience

My four-year-old son will be entering kindergarten next year and it’s got me thinking about which school he will attend and what I believe about schools.

Schools should act as community hubs, creating relationships between families that endure for years and contribute to neighbourhood resiliency. This is particularly important in inner city neighbourhoods like ours. Continue reading Choosing where to send your child to school Decide what you want for your child’s school experience