Participant’s « Faut que ça grouille! » community project
CHARLOTTETOWN – Feb. 7, 2024 – Given the many challenges facing Prince Edward Island’s healthcare system these days, the province’s residents need to make as much effort as possible to manage and improve their own health, suggests Charlottetown’s Rookayya Gulmahamed. That’s why she’s organizing a free, bilingual preventive health workshop on Saturday, March 16, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 242 of the Don and Marion McDougall Hall at UPEI in Charlottetown. In the event of a storm, the workshop will be held on Saturday, March 23.
The session will feature presentations on topics such as chronic non-communicable diseases, sleep and stress management, healthy eating, alcohol and smoking, and physical activity. There will also be a blood pressure and glucose screening station, refreshments, and swag bags for participants.
Pre-registration is required at https://forms.gle/64xb3Y2rpSHaHwdr6.
The idea for this workshop came to Gulmahamed while she was participating in RDÉE Prince Edward Island’s « Faut que ça grouille! » training weekends last fall and this winter. The program invited each participant to lead a community project of their choice. Furthermore, she learned that she had potential access to sources of funding, sponsorship and partnership.
That’s when she got to work on her project. She obtained a grant from RDÉE Canada’s « 15:30 en action » program (the only PEI recipient), took management training, received administrative support from the RDÉE Prince Edward Island team and obtained sponsorship from the Réseau Santé en français ÎPÉ (the French health network of PEI).
Since she is not directly linked to the medical system, she obtained direct support from the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, which provided her with the services of three students to lead the workshop sessions: Cynthia Léger, Caroline Doucet and Jeremy Didier.
Originally from Mauritius, Gulmahamed arrived on the Island as an international student in 2018. She studied at UPEI, graduating in mathematics in 2021. She is now a permanent resident and works at the Department of Education and Early Childhood as a Recorded Information Management (RIM) Coordinator.
The “15:30 en action” and “Faut que ça grouille!” programs are funded by Youth Service Canada.
PHOTO: Charlottetown’s Rookayya Gulmahamed is preparing a preventive health workshop on Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at UPEI. This is her community engagement project from the « Faut que ça grouille! » program.
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