Inspire is a program for adolescent girls designed to provide them with a safe, non-judgmental, and girl-friendly venue for developing life skills. The program aims to provide a safe supportive environment for adolescent girls to access information and resources pertaining to their needs. We seek to provide positive mentoring and role modeling, that encourages self-care, healthy decision making and the development of critical-thinking and problem solving skills. The group setting fosters the development of effective communication and social skills and promotes a sense of self and an awareness of rights and responsibilities to the community. The Inspire Program is generally co-facilitated with a Public Health Nurse from each community.

The Inspire Program is designed to reflect the learning needs of the girls participating in it. The girls determine the topics they would like to focus on. Generally, they include self-esteem, body image, media awareness, stress management, communication, healthy lifestyles, etc. Other  topics are presented by community professionals, including staff of Addiction Services, Mental Health Services and the Naomi Society. Having community agencies in to speak ensures that the girls receive accurate information from experienced staff, familiarizes them with the services available to them in their community, and model career choices available to them.

Inspire is for you is you are interested in:

  • Connecting with other girls
  • Learning more about issues affecting you and other girls your age
  • having interesting discussions on topics YOU care about


Where is inspire offered?

  • East Antigonish Education Centre, Monastery
  • Chedabucto Education Centre, Guysborough
  • St. Mary’s Academy, Sherbrooke
  • Fanning Education Centre, Canso
  • Paqtnkek Community Centre


Comments from past participants:

“I found I’ve become more assertive and better able to stand up for myself and my rights”

“I like seeing everyone and being open and talking about anything”

“I get to give my opinion whether people want to hear it or not”

“The topic about cutting was especially important it helped me stop”


  • September 10, 2018
    • Creative Circle starts up again September 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Antigonish Women's Resource Centre, 219 Main St, Antigonish, NS B2G 2C1, Canada
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