• Mental Health Week May 4-10

    Mental Health week in Canada was created to bring awareness and acknowledgement of the thousands of children, youth and families needing mental health support. In classrooms, to help students understand mental health, I tell them that all of us have mental health, just like physical health. It’s the way the brain reacts to everyday life events. Therefore, it is a priority to take care of the health of our minds so that we can adapt to the challenges that life presents to us no matter how big or small they may be.   Dr. Stan Kutcher is the leading professional in the field of mental health. He is a Senator,…

  • Connecting Time

    When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry. Think of 3G 2P – Generosity, Gratitude and Giving back – People and Planet This week, write a comment or send me a photo of how you got your daily intake of Connecting Time. anna.aquila@burnabyschools.ca  

  • Healthy Mind Platter

    Hello Families, I would like to share the Healthy Mind platter by Dr. Dan Seigel and David Rock. It is a great way to get the essentials that the brain needs daily. Watch the video for an explanation and click the image of the platter to get more information.   https://www.drdansiegel.com/resources/healthy_mind_platter/  

  • Resources for Children

    Hello Families, I have added a new page with resources geared toward supporting children through Covid-19. Click the top tab called resources for more information. Below is a photo of a book written by Ana Gomez. She is an experienced Psychotherapist from Phoenix. The book helps families and children explore emotions and uses the metaphor of a oyster taking an irritating grain of sand to produce beautiful things. She explores ten  “superpowers”  that children can participate in to help them care for their wellbeing. I hope you find the resources  for children section useful.    

  • Welcome Students, Families & Teachers!

    My name is Anna Aquila and I am a counsellor with over twenty years of experience working in elementary schools in Burnaby. My hope is that this is a space to connect, find information and relevant resources. Currently, I am based at two elementary schools. Montecito – Mondays and Thursdays Stoney Creek – Tuesdays, Wednesdays (till noon) & Fridays