The Mount Isa community had a special visitor on Monday and Tuesday this week.
Nicole Gibson, CEO and founder of the Rogue & Rouge Foundation, spoke at the march against suicide on Monday and said her job was to help build communities. “The message I carry to all of these communities is a simple but very potent message, and that is love,” she said.
On Tuesday she facilitated an ‘Understanding Youth’ workshop at Centacare on Tuesday. The workshop educated members of the community how to better communicate with young people and consciously bridge the gap between generations by creating connection.
The workshop covered how young people think, getting out of your head and staying present, alternative communication, equality and non-judgement as well as frameworks to become better connected. Centacare said the workshop was a huge success and those present had nothing but kind words to say about Nicole;
“She was wise beyond her years and so relatable as she has actually lived through it,” one participant said.
“I think young people could take so much from any time they got to spend with her and I really hope that she can come back and talk to students and parents at the high schools in town.”
Another said she was so informative. “I learnt that connection, communication and change is possible for all of us,” they said. “We need her back to empower our youth. I cannot speak highly enough of her wisdom and gratitude that she shared with us today”.