Community Members Invited to 2nd GOPEACE Conference, Thru August 14

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Hagtana, Guam – (August 1) – The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center Prevention and Training branch, in partnership with the Governor’s PEACE Council and the PEACE Partnerships for Success sub-grantees, will be hosting the 2014 Gathering of Pacific Islanders for PEACE (GOPEACE) on August 13-14,  at the Westin Resort Guam. Registration is open to the first 200 participants.
In 2013, close to 200 community members participated in a 2-day planning meeting for prevention education and community empowerment. This resulted in the completion of  a 5-Year Strategic Prevention Plan, for which Partnerships for Success sub-grantees will determine culturally appropriate and relevant program goals and objectives to be implemented. On August 13-14, 2014, the community is invited once again to participate in the 2014 Gathering of Pacific Islanders for PEACE (GOPEACE) to be held at the Westin Resort Guam. Registration is limited to the first 200 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

This year’s conference theme is Our Journey Continues Toward Community Healing and Empowerment. Participants can expect to learn more about the 5-Year Strategic Prevention Plan, and give further input to how the 5-Year PEACE is to be implemented and to play an active role in this process.  The conference is also open to qualified community-based organizations who would like to learn how they can apply for a Partnerships for Success sub-grant.

Invited special guest is Mr. Roger Fernandes, a Native American artist and storyteller whose work focuses on the Puget Salish tribes of western Washington. He is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Band of S’Klallam Indians and has backgrounds in art, education, and social work and uses this unique combination of skills to shape his work and presentations.

As a storyteller he shares the myths and legends of tribes across the region and looks at the “teachings” within those stories and examines their relevance to the modern life of indigenous people. He also teaches that storytelling is “healing”, helping people find the stories that can guide and inform them on their life journey.

To register, contact the GBHWC Prevention and Training branch at 477-9079 thru 9083 or like “One Nation Guam” on Facebook.