I am really really excited about this opportunity. Especially it being so soon after we've moved since this opens the doors to meeting new people but also maybe to be a resource person for a while. I am excited because health and nutrition for the Inuit people has been on my heart since I moved here. Even on Friday night, I was telling the girls that they were going to get sick of me giving them healthy foods to eat and one of them replied "it's ok Tania. My mom only buys junk every two weeks when she gets her money. So we eat healthy food here." How heart breaking. How exciting that maybe some moms will be in my class! On paper I'm not necessarily qualified to do this (I'm not a nutritionist) but I know the basics, and people here NEED the BASICS. I have to keep it simple. Nothing too complicated. I can do that. I try to provide my family with a basic healthy lifestyle everyday: no pop, water and milk to drink, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, dairy, outside play and indoor running around... And so from one mom to another, from an adult to another I do actually feel qualified to do this. Of course this is now, I wonder how I'll feel Tuesday night - Ha! Actually I'm treating this like a University presentation (too bad they don't have power point! Ha! My physio friends are smiling now!) because that's all I know and I ALMOST always did really well on those (now my physio friends are really smiling because they remember the one my group bombed in first year...).
I have still lots to learn regarding cultural differences but I'm thrilled that the Canadian Government has a Food Guide especially targeted for Inuit, Metis and First Nations. I will of course have to tailor everything to what is offered on the Island (no tofu recipes here!) but that will help me understand and get to know the culture better.
I have so much to say about this and how I feel God, knowing my heart, has opened a door for me without me even asking for it, but it's way past my bedtime. However I will leave you with these verses from 1 Corinthians: 2:9-12
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”[d]
10 But[e] it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
Now while (my understanding of) this passage speaks of the revelation of God's plan for humanity in sending Jesus to be a sacrifice that we may be saved. I can't help but think that in some way, it applies to my life right now (well at least these are the verses that have been popping in my mind all weekend). I could never have imagined this opportunity. I've never dreamed of being a teacher and I don't know much about teaching, but God has taken my budding interest and concern for the health of those around me and turned it into something tangible... Something I simply couldn't turn down.