Gerry, Anne, and Aldonna were wonderful presenters. They gave us many strategies and activities and they fully embodied the emotional intelligence they were teaching us about. After we created Social and Emotional Literacy Charters, they pointed out something unique and meaningful from each poster, and made sure each group member was individually recognized for their contribution. This was a great workshop and I’ll certainly be looking to Friendship in Action for more resources to help build social and emotional literacy with students! It was a great workshop, thanks for bringing them in!
Friendship in Action (FIA) is a not-for-profit, registered charitable education organization serving elementary schools in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
So What Do We Do?
As experienced educators, we understand the importance collaborating with principals and teachers in all stages of the planning and of tailoring the program to accommodate teachers goals’ and childrens’ needs.
Our innovative KHKMS program is customized to address the ever-increasing need to promote empathy, tolerance and social emotional skills in classrooms.
So that these workshops can be accessible to all public school students across the GTA, we work closely with our board and partners to raise awareness and funds.
Come meet the team and see who makes all of this possible.
How It All Began
The program was originally developed 7 years ago by Gerry Mabin and Kathleen Payne within the arts education organization Words In Motion (WIM). As time went by, it became clear that “friendship” themed presentations resonated strongly with schools and the program evolved and expanded. As demand increased, it was recognized that a single focus and a dedicated team was required. A decision was made to have FIA operate as a separate registered charity. Friendship in Action was incorporated and given charitable status in 2013.
Words In Motion continues its work in arts education. For more information on how it helps young people of today become creative, caring citizens of tomorrow, please visit the Words in Motion website.
The Pillars of Friendship in Action
Friendship in Action believes that social emotional confidence leads to deeper connections and stronger school communities.
As adults, it is our responsibility to teach the children in our care not only the necessary life skills that will enable them to lead fulfilled lives, but also empathy. It is through empathy that we can make positive differences in our world.