Joe is getting closer! On January 25th he was in Blind River, doing presentations at W.C. Eaket Secondary School and École Jeunesse Nord Secondary School.
Thursday, January 26th was a busy day in Bruce Mines and Thessalon, speaking at three schools and a CASS Push For Change Presentation.
On the 27th, Joe was back on the road, and to cool himself from the unseasonably warm temperatures he took an ice bath in Lake Huron. It wasn’t his first dip in the frigid water along the shores of Lake Huron, but he stayed in the water an amazing 12 minutes!
On Tuesday, January 31, Joe will be in at the Echo Bay Elementary School for his presentation there. Then he heads to Goulais River for a presentation first thing in the morning at Mountain View Public School. Then he will backtrack to Sault Ste. Marie. where he will be joined by Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, Sault Ste. Marie OPP, and John Farrell at an outdoor rally on Gore Street with warming barrels, hot chocolate, tents and activities from 1 – 4 p.m.
John, a former local homeless youth, will be talking about his trials, successes and the importance of Pauline’s Place in his life. Pauline’s Place is a youth shelter in Sault Ste. Marie. In 2016 alone, 169 youth stayed at Pauline’s Place Youth Shelter occupying 1,554 bed nights; an increase of 5% from 2015.
The Push for Change looks to engage Sault Ste. Marie to recognize and address local youth homelessness issues. At the January 23rd City Council meeting, Mayor Christian Provenzano proclaimed February, 2017 as “Youth Homelessness Awareness Month” in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
After other engagements, Joe will arrive in Wawa on February 15th. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 am with a Ceremonial Dance by Michipicoten First Nation and a motivational speech by Joe Roberts. Then the Wawa Legionnaires will take to the ice against Local First Responders in what should be an exciting game. From 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, Joe will hold a Local Youth Provider information Session.