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Join our Conquering Waves Dragon Boat Team

Conquering Waves Dragon Boat Team provides an opportunity for individuals living with a mental illness to participate on a community-based dragon boat team with their peers, friends, family and/or supporters of mental health promotion!

About Conquering Waves

For over 12 years, the Conquering Waves Dragon Boat Team has been challenging the stigma of mental illness by bringing together individuals living with mental illness, their friends, families, and/or supporters of Mental Health Promotion to train weekly for 14 weeks and compete in the annual Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival held each summer!

This year, the team practice sections will take place every Saturday from 1:20pm – 3:00pm starting March 18 and continue until the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival on June 24-25, 2023. Practice Location: Creekside Community Center, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

photo of Conquering Waves Dragon Boat Team getting ready for the festival

About The Festival

The Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is North America’s biggest, best, and most competitive racing festival and Vancouver’s #1 community event. Organized by Dragon Boat BC in June, the festival offers three days of free entertainment, children’s activities, art and cultural installations, interactive performances, shopping, and dragon boat racing of the highest caliber, make this the best way to kick off your summer!

Join our Conquering Waves Dragon Boat team if you are:

Person aged 17+ with lived experience of mental illness or substance use, family member or worker in mental health field. Participants must currently live or work in Vancouver or Richmond city.

A supportive team player who wants to have fun, meet new friends, and connect with the community in a meaningful way. The team will meet and train weekly for 14 weeks and compete in the annual Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival in June.

A punctual and attentive team player! Our training section take place every Saturday starting March 18, 2023. Participants are expected to check in with Thrive Facilitator and coach Patrick at 1:20pm for attendance at every Saturday training session.

The Benefits of Social Inclusion Through Sports:

Overcomes low-income barriers by providing all service & training fees.

Improves social inclusion through teamwork and a sense of belonging.

Improving health through weekly physical activity.

Fights mental health stigma by building awareness and continuing the conversation.

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About Thrive

Open Door Group Thrive’s Mission is to support mental health recipients achieve personal growth, skill development, and social connections in order to participate as fully as possible in their communities.

The Thrive program is seen as a stepping stone for individuals living with a mental health condition offering one-to-one coaching and group programs that focus on health, recreation, skill development, personal development, and successful community attachment (employment, volunteering, social engagements).