What Rossbrook House Means to Val
Eagles’ Circle school changed my perspective on Indigenous Peoples. At one time, I was ashamed of who I was because of the bullying I went through. Eagles’ Circle teachers helped me realize that I can be proud of my heritage through cultural events, Indigenous oriented plays, Pow Wow, writing and learning how to bead. I became proud of being Indigenous.
I was amazed the first time I walked through the doors, at 12 years old. It was late at night and I was welcomed into a safe environment. I saw teenagers having fun playing pool, playing cards, listening to music and hanging out.
Rossbrook House is important to the community because it teaches youth that they can make positive choices that will help them grow into responsible adults. Everyone is welcome.
Rossbrook House gives a person a sense of belonging and that’s important to me. I didn’t feel that I fit in at other places. Here, I was included, and my voice mattered.
~Valerie Henderson, Senior Staff/Supervisor