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Building Personal and Emotional Awareness – IDW 2021 – Wellbeing Afternoon Series

February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Building Personal and Emotional Awareness Event - February 8 2021

Designed by: Tesicca Truong


During COVID-19, we each have been challenged in so many ways: personally, systemically, financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. We have had to find ways to adapt, build our individual and collective resilience during this long-term pandemic. This interactive online workshop invites you to join the BCCIC into conversation about exploring and deepening your personal and emotional awareness. Facilitator Tesicca Truong will kick-start this critical discussion on personal and emotional wellbeing, share strategies to build self and community care, explore systemic barriers to our collective wellness, and create space to proactively plan for your long-term wellness. Join us and be prepared to lean into your emotional intelligence, share wise practices, and bring both your challenges and your curiosity.


  • Introduction to Personal and Emotional Awareness
  • Strategies for Self Care
  • Strategies for Community Care
  • Systemic Barriers to Personal Wellness
  • Planning Pro-actively for Personal Wellness


  • Understanding why personal and emotional awareness is important 
  • Recognizing that inner work (personal development) is key to external work
  • Exploring and building strategies to support self and community care
  • Unpacking systems of oppression and systemic barriers to self and community care
  • Reflecting and check-in on ourselves and each other’s current emotional state

Expectations of participants:

  • Show up with an open mind. 
  • Be present and ready to engage with the topic
  • Hate and intolerance is not welcome 
  • Be curious, kind, respectful, and compassionate
  • Working knowledge of Zoom (ideally). Need to have the Zoom app downloaded on their computer or smart device. Familiarity with chat, reactions, etc. 


Tesicca Truong is an anti-oppressive facilitator, a public engagement innovator, a climate justice advocate, and a serial changemaker. Her passions lie at the intersection of youth empowerment, citizen engagement and resilience building. She is a Dialogue Associate at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Center for Dialogue and the Co-Founder of CityHive, a non-profit on a mission to transform the way that young people are engaged in the planning, design, and decision-making in their communities.

Prior to that she kick-started Vancouver Youth4Tap, a city-wide movement to promote tap over bottled water and co-founded the Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference, currently in its eighth year. She has served on the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, SFU Senate, and advised BC’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change as the youngest member of his Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. She has also Chaired the Board of the Starfish Canada and currently serves on the Sierra Club of BC board.

For her work, Tesicca has also been named on both Top 30 under 30 lists for Corporate Knights’ Sustainability Leaders and the North American Association for Environmental Education. She has also been awarded both the President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award from SFU and Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership Award.


February 8
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm