Healthy Campus Advisor, Leslie Comrie
has been facilitating Dinner Basket Conversations at Selkirk College campuses as a way of promoting health and community. This concept was extended to providing a basket of food with recipes and a conversation guide around topics such as Healthy Relationships with Substances and Healthy Sexuality to interested groups of students.
Dinner Basket Conversations
Since November 2013, 260 Selkirk students and staff have participated in Dinner Basket Conversations. These events have happened in classrooms, in residence pods and in students' homes and there has been considerable feedback that people enjoy the experience of cooking, eating and talking together.
A recent outgrowth of this project has been adding some questions around the interface between sexuality, substance use and cultures of consent. Two nursing students who run the OPT clinic in Castlegar will soon be hosting a dinner with a conversational focus on sexual health and relationships.
UVIC Masters of Social Work Candidate, Melissa Michaud has been offering Dinner Baskets at the 10th Street Residence During the month of February and will be offering more in March!
Would you like to host or participate in a Dinner Basket Conversation?
Dinner Basket Conversations were created to provide a setting in which students and/or staff can discuss sensitive or difficult topics in a safe and comfortable environment. The host invites a group of people to join them in preparing and eating a meal together while discussing a particular topic.
The ingredients for the meal are provided free of charge and a kitchen space is available on the Castlegar Campus and at the 10th Street Residence. Conversation topics have varied over the past few years. Some examples of topics include Healthy Relationships with Substances, Anxiety and Depression, Mental Health Issues, Healthy Sexuality and Sexual Violence.
If you would like to host a Dinner Basket Conversation we will be offering training as time permits.
Choose a date and contact Leslie Comrie to set up your training.
If you would like to participate in a Dinner Basket Conversation connect with Leslie Comrie to find a Conversation you can take part in.
Please download the manual to hosting a Dinner Basket Conversation.
A Resource for Campuses Across Canada
This video was funded by the provincial "Changing Cultures of Substance Use Project" that is a subsidiary of Canadian Mental Health and the Centre for Addictions Research. They will be uploading it to their Community Learning Platform as a resource for campuses across Canada.