Dinner Basket Conversations at Selkirk College campuses are a way of promoting health and community. A basket of food with recipes and a conversation guide help students talk tough topics like Healthy Relationships with Substances and Healthy Sexuality.
Dinner Basket Conversations
Since November 2013, hundreds of Selkirk College students and staff have participated in Dinner Basket Conversations. These events have happened in classrooms, in student housing and in students' homes and there has been considerable feedback that people enjoy the experience of cooking, eating and talking together.
Would you like to host or participate in a Dinner Basket Conversation?
Dinner Basket Conversations were created to provide a setting in which students and/or staff can discuss sensitive or difficult topics in a safe and comfortable environment. The host invites a group of people to join them in preparing and eating a meal together while discussing a particular topic.
The ingredients for the meal are provided free of charge and a kitchen space is available on the Castlegar Campus and at the 10th Street Housing. Conversation topics have varied over the past few years. Some examples of topics include Healthy Relationships with Substances, Anxiety and Depression, Mental Health Issues, Healthy Sexuality and Sexual Violence, Impact of Cannabis Leglization on Campus.
If you would like to host a Dinner Basket Conversation we will be offering training as time permits. Choose a date and contact Leslie Comrie to set up your training.
If you would like to participate in a Dinner Basket Conversation connect with Leslie Comrie to find a Conversation you can take part in.
Please download the manual to hosting a Dinner Basket Conversation.
A Resource for Campuses Across Canada
This video was funded by the provincial "Changing Cultures of Substance Use Project" that is a subsidiary of Canadian Mental Health and the Centre for Addictions Research. They will be uploading it to their Community Learning Platform as a resource for campuses across Canada.