Fitting in can be hard in high school.Strides are being made, however, to help alleviate some of that stress.Delhi District Secondary School will host the fifth annual Rainbow Ball, welcoming LGBTQ+ students and allies from across Grand Erie to the semi-formal dance.The Rainbow Ball is an evening that celebrates the diversity of the students.“For our students who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, this evening provides a vibrant space where they can be themselves and feel supported by allies, including fellow students, teachers and administration,” said Colleen Bator, teacher at Delhi District, who is overseeing the organization of this year’s event.“Events like the Rainbow Ball are important in reinforcing to all of our students that they are celebrated, supported and appreciated for being just who they are.”Grand Erie’s first Rainbow Ball took place at Simcoe Composite School in 2015. It was organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). In 2016, the event moved to Haldimand County, hosted by McKinnon Park Secondary School for two years. Last spring, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School hosted the fourth, and largest, event.The 2019 Rainbow Ball is being organized in concert with Delhi District’s GSA, which has been running at the school for nine years.The theme for this year is Disney. Those interested in attending can purchase a $10 ticket through their school’s GSAs or their main office. Complimentary transportation to Delhi District from Brant and Haldimand counties is being provided by Safe Schools. The dance is on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. read more

When the Class of 2018 graduates from Brock’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, it hopes to leave a lasting legacy that will benefit students well into the future.But to accomplish the goal of having Brock be the first in Canada to make an Anatomage Table available to undergraduate students, help from alumni, students and generous community supporters will first be needed.The most technologically advanced virtual dissection table for anatomy education, the Anatomage Table is being adopted by some of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Bringing the state-of-the-art technology to Brock was the idea of fourth-year Kinesiology student James John Hall, who hoped it would be considered as the 2018 Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Class Gift that graduating students are encouraged to contribute to.“I wanted to give my fellow classmates something tangible, a physical item they could work with the Faculty to purchase,” he said. The table seemed the perfect fit, as it will continue to strengthen the reputation of the University while also enhancing the learning environment for future students.When Hall presented the idea to Brian Roy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, and Peter Tiidus, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, they were excited to learn more. Both have since committed to contributing to the purchase through their respective department and Faculty budgets.Faculty of Applied Health Sciences students are currently using plastic anatomy models, but use of the Anatomage Table will allow them to not only learn visually, but to also experience virtual dissection first-hand.“This table is a state-of-the-art teaching tool that will give our students a huge advantage in learning human anatomy,” Roy said. “We would be the only Kinesiology department in the country with such a table.”The new technology is available at one other post-secondary institution in Canada, but only to first-year medical students.Donations can be made at www.brocku.ca/donate to help Brock become the first in the country to offer an Anatomage Table to undergraduate students. By making a gift to Brock University you can make an investment in current students, faculty, research and the facilities that make a difference in future generations.Anatomage Table facts:The most technologically advanced anatomy visualization system for anatomy education.Used by many of the world’s leading medical schools and institutions.Thousands of structures are meticulously segmented from photographic images to deliver the most accurate three-dimensional anatomy.Allows for exploration and learning of human anatomy beyond cadavers.Education has been proven to be effective in improving test scores and more efficient lab sessions.Allows students to interact with young and well-preserved digital cadavers instead of aged and degenerated bodies.Accurate details and rich content draw students’ interest leading to effective educational outcomes.No chemicals, unpleasant smell, recurring facility costs or regulations. read more