By Gwyn Robinson

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) had another successful year delivering their Rock Solid program to the Grade 8 students of David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS).

Rock Solid is a prevention program that helps support student transition into high school by fostering nurturing connections with peers, school supports and community supports. Strong community connections are a protective factor against many of the challenges students face in their high school years, such as substance abuse, anxiety and depression, and bullying.

Rock Solid uses a strength-based approach that reframes challenges as learning opportunities. The program is a form of experiential education where students are encouraged to participate in activities, are guided through reflection and processing, and are supported in applying the lessons and insights theyve gained into their daily lives.

Community connections are a major element of the Rock Solid program and its delivery would not be possible without the support of various community and school partners. EKASS would like to thank Rocky Mountain School District No. 6 and the high school Parent Advisory Committee for helping to make this program possible.

Another huge thank you to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, which generously donated the ski chalet and surrounding grounds for the outdoor session.

Additional thanks to Kicking Horse Coffee and Valley Foods for their contributions and to Patrick Carrick for drumming and videography services. And, of course, to all the community organizations and teachers who support our youth on a daily basis your contribution to the delivery of this program is invaluable. For more information, visit or call 250-489-4344.