Welcome to ISPARC’s Healthy Living Activities!


I·SPARC is pleased to announce the Regional Leader Training Session dates for 2017. These free training sessions are open to community members passionate about delivering healthy living programs in First Nations, Métis chartered communities, and friendship centres.

Region Location Hotel Dates
Northwest Terrace Best Western Inn Sep. 27 – 28
Northeast Prince George Coast Inn of the North Oct. 5 – 6
Interior Kamloops Sandman Signature Oct. 18 – 19
Van. Island Nanaimo Coast Bastion Oct. 26 – 27
Van. Coastal/Fraser Abbotsford Ramada Plaza Nov. 2 – 3

As part of the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities programming, five Regional Leader Training Sessions will be hosted, featuring two days of health and wellness workshops, providing participants with the tools they need to develop their own community-based healthy living program. Participants have the option of training in either the Aboriginal Run Walk or the Honour Your Health Challenge:

  • Aboriginal RunWalk: lead your participants in a 13-21 week training program, preparing for a 5 or 10km run/walk event
  • Honour Your Health Challenge: develop your own healthy living program, based on your community’s needs – past programs include creating a community cookbook, Family Fitness Fridays, weekly plant identification walks, “Kick the Nic” tobacco cessations program, Healthy Mamas Group, and many more.

This year, the Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities is excited to announce the launch of our short promotional video, bringing our programs to life and showcasing the tremendous work of our leaders. Watch below and join us at this year’s Regional Leader Training Sessions to become a Healthy Living Leader!

All participants who attend Regional Leader Training will be eligible to apply for up to $1000 in grant support of their Aboriginal Run Walk or Honour Your Health Challenge program.

Please post and share our Save the Date poster with any friends, colleagues, or family that may be interested in becoming a Healthy Living Leader. Registration will open in August.

For more information contact Jessie Toynbee jtoynbee@isparc.ca­­



JULY 12, 2017



Smiling on the Outside. Crying on the Inside.

Countless people are in pain, and many are uncertain how to manage this pain. As a result, some individuals turn to substance abuse, self-harm, or even suicide. Sadly, many people are suffering in silence. A smile can appear on the outside while they are crying on the inside. For years, this was Allan.

Drawing from personal and professional experiences, Allan clearly explains why individuals act on destructive behaviors in the first place. He identifies key signs, reviews tools of intervention, and discusses how one teacher was able to change his life during his own personal challenges. Finally, Allan challenges people to take an honest look at what lies beneath their pain, and provides the tools to heal through a holistic approach. Through an interactive quiz, Allan ensures that all participants walk away with an increased understanding of these prevalent issues.

Allan’s captivating message brings people out from the shadows and into the light. Nobody needs to be fixed, but the value of being seen and heard is immeasurable. Allan gently reminds us that we can each assist individuals to acknowledge their personal challenges, and empower them to find their voice in times of need.

 Allan Kehler is a highly sought-after speaker who has gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach. He has spent years working as an addictions counselor, clinical case manager, and college instructor. Allan’s writing has been published in countless national magazines, and his books can be found in classrooms and workplaces across Canada. Allan resides in Saskatoon with

his beautiful wife, four sons, two dogs, and cat ‘Hank the Tank’.