FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council was quite busy on Monday afternoon handing out many proclamations at their bi-weekly Council meeting.
The first proclamation was Occupational Therapy Month. After a presentation by Natalia Felitsyn, a Northern Health Occupational Therapist on what exactly Occupational Therapists do, and how they help, the City declared October 2016 Occupational Therapy Month.
The next proclamation was the proclamation of World Cerebral Palsy Day. Melissa DeGroot brought along a young boy named Wyatt, who lives with Cerebral Palsy. Melissa asked the city to grant October 5th as World Palsy Day. In BC, there are around 10,000 people living with Cerebral Palsy. The City then granted Melissa’s request and proclaimed October 5th World Palsy Day. The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC also requested that city hall and Pomeroy Sports Centre be lit up green for World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 5, 2016.
The next proclamation was for Family Week 2016 in Fort St. John. Family week will run from October 1st to 8th, and will feature numerous activities to do. There will be movie nights, swimming and so much more.
The last proclamation was for World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day is on October 10, and was initiated in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health.
“We – as caring communities of parents, friends, families, and youth, businesses and work colleagues – believe we need to make a united stand. A stand upon which the entire world can see, embrace, light up purple and say no to bullying, to help reduce the stigma and judgement of mental health, and to bring awareness that bullying can and does bring about mental illness distresses.”
The City then declared World Mental Health day on October 10th, 2016.