The Well-Being Unit at KOBE places the health and wellness of our students and staff at the forefront of our priorities. It provides essential support and resources to address physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By fostering a nurturing and caring environment, this department contributes to the overall success of our educational programs and the holistic development of our community members.
What is Well-Being?
Well-Being is ‘how we are doing’ as individuals, communities and as First Nations. It isn’t just about how things look from the outside; it’s about how we feel in ourselves, it’s about:
Our physical and mental health
Our self care
The activities we take part in
Our culture, language and identity
The KOBE Well-Being Unit is committed to the balance of work, land based connection, spirituality, self care and schooling at both the elementary and high school level. This can be accomplished in collaboration with and support from our KO communities and its members.
The KOBE Well-Being Program offers a variety of supports, to address the physical, mental, emotional and social health of our students. Each respective site differs in the day to day, but the support provided is very similar. The Well-Being program includes, and is not limited to the following:
- Lunch and learns
- KO Elder support (4 hours daily)
- Healthcare appointments (dental, optometry, medical) with transportation to and from
- Advocacy and referrals to address any mental health concerns.
- Provide counseling services and/or referrals to KO Health or local resources (student preference).
- Skill building, cultural and land-based workshops are available throughout the year, in partnership with 4 Directions, The Native Friendship Centre, Dryden High School, O.P.P and other local businesses and/or Organizations.
- Tutorial is accommodated both in the school and at the boarding home (6-9 hours weekly). Students are also connected with the Ontario WORKS program, which assists them with resume building, interviewing techniques, clothing allowance and other aspects in job searching. Well-Being workers also make themselves available after school hours, to ensure the students are feeling safe and supported.
Active Wellness Program
The active wellness programs provide students with the opportunity to engage in healthy lifestyle activities and programs. Our students participate in a wide range of activities that target their mental and physical health. Some examples of activities are; paintballing, rock climbing, escape rooms, cooking nights, dog sledding, bowling and hikes. This program often collaborates with Land based in order to provide additional support and offer larger program opportunities