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After his life took a sudden turn several years ago, Kyle Farwell decided to go back to school. Kyle worked as a personal trainer in the health and fitness industry for many years. After sustaining a spinal cord injury, he made the tough decision to pursue a new career helping others with spinal cord injuries … Read More

Jessica eagerly began the Final Module of her English course. First assignment: Short Story. She grabbed a piece of paper and a pen to brainstorm the key elements. An hour later, Jessica sat staring blankly at her desk amidst a heap of crumpled papers. Disillusioned and frustrated, she decided to grab a snack and start again. … Read More

You’re enrolled in a self-paced, online course. Where do you start? How will you maintain focus? One really important thing to remember about this style of learning is that the self-motivation and self-direction required to complete the course are excellent life skills that will be of benefit to you long after you have finished your work with VHS. … Read More

Applications are now being accepted for the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award which is granted to individuals who are deemed to be compassionate and altruistic in their aim to better the lives of others. The successful candidate will have the ability to inspire and positively affect others while demonstrating fortitude in overcoming challenges. Candidates who have successfully … Read More

Choose a Growth Mindset

Late one Thursday afternoon Duncan anxiously waited to hear how he had done on his recent assignment … *Ping* … 56%. Duncan’s fixed mindset story: Only 56%? Yikes! Didn’t I do any better than that? How did that happen? Everybody else probably aced it, but I didn’t. All that time and effort—what a waste. My parents are … Read More

When I went to high school, my goal was to be accepted into the post-secondary program of my choice. Then in university, my goal was to graduate and then enter the workforce. To be honest, I struggled through my first year of university. In reflecting on my experiences, I wonder what my high school teachers … Read More

Meet Misti, a high school student and nationally ranked athlete. Despite injuries and the challenges that come with traveling while studying, Misti is a highly successful gymnast and an exceedingly capable student. Misti in the Gym At age 8, Misti began gymnastics. At that time, her favourite activity was to jump on trampolines. At 11, … Read More

This month we are focusing on the growth mindset. Many people perceive intelligence as a fixed trait; however, research shows that intelligence is developed through experience and persistence. Adopting a growth mindset can lead to greater motivation and self-actualization.  Practice a growth mindset in the following ways:    Accept failure, and understand why every failure … Read More

When you think of e-learning, you might not associate it with paper and pencil, but many students also now use  different new tools in addition to their course content for learning online. An alternative to the traditional method that is gaining popularity in education is the use of whiteboards, or non-permanent surfaces, to replace pencil … Read More

November’s character trait is perseverance. During November we reflect on the perseverance of those who came before us. It is also a time when the seasons are shifting, the days are getting shorter and we may be losing some of the motivation we’ve felt in the past months. In this important time of year, stay … Read More