Making Waves offers students positive advice and direction on relationships

Jim Day
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Grade 11 student Zara Littlewood, left, has some fun with Olivia Wigmore, a member of Making Waves, a group of students from Colonel Gray Senior High School involved in promoting healthy relationships and violence prevention.

Olivia Wigmore feels "pretty lucky'' to have never been stuck in an unhealthy relationship.

But luck, she concedes with a bit of prodding, is certainly not the key reason.

Common sense and good judgment have been far greater factors than simply good fortune in the Grade 12 student having only good relationships.

Wigmore knows the warning signs of a pending unhealthy relationship to nip it in the bud.

She steers clear of jealous people who make her feel uncomfortable. She also has no time for dismissive characters.

Wigmore is keen to share her insight with peers and junior high students.

She is one of about 15 students in Making Waves, a group at Colonel Gray Senior High School in Charlottetown offering positive advice and direction.

"The appeal is getting the message out there,'' says Wigmore.

"There are so many kids struggling in relationships,'' she says.

She says teens can quickly see a relationship turn bad through social media, from nasty online comments to guys pressuring girls to send compromising photos that are used against them.

"Make sure you are in a relationship with someone you can really trust,'' she cautions.

She says the Making Waves group tries to be relatable when speaking to intermediate school students, like they will be doing later this month at Birchwood Intermediate School in Charlottetown to talk about domestic violence and how it affect young people.

At Colonel Gray, Wigmore and her fellow Making Waves members devise a number of activities to help connect with their peers.

Just a couple of days before Valentines Day, the group set up a fun photo booth at the school to "celebrate love and promote images of what a healthy relationship is.''

Wigmore is pleased with feedback from the efforts of Making Waves.

One positive result of note, she says, has been teachers commenting on how students really open up during presentations by the group.

Organizations: Colonel Gray Senior High School, Birchwood Intermediate School

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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