COMMUNITY: Winnipeg teener leads to promote peace of mind among youths



Vincent Massey Collegiate student LOIZZA  AQUINO is once again encouraging  everyone, especially peers of her age, to open up if they face emotional struggles  and  find means to cope, rise and live with peace of mind.


Fall of 2015,   Loizza  created  “Peace of Mind 204” and  spearheaded  this  event called  Youth against Mental Illness Stigma (YAMIS).


Now on its fourth year, YAMIS  brings together students, parents,  law makers and speakers and hope to bring out the message to all,  not just those who come to the event,  that  they  are not alone in their  battles and there are available support.


One reason that pushed  Loizza  to act  was when she  lost her bestfriend  to  suicide because of   depression–which, according to her, is  just one aspect of mental health.


Loizza said   it is important to understand that   mental health is  an integral aspect of a person’s health, just like physical health.


YAMIS is set  today,  March 1st, 2017 at the Burton Cummings Theatre from  9:30 AM to 1PM.   There will be speakers, performances and an open forum.




Loizza has been working hard  to create awareness on YAMIS.  Her voice  has been heard as speaker  in many events concerning youths in the province.

Since it started,  YAMIS  has paved the way on getting  mental health issues  discussed in some Winnipeg high schools.


For her  valuable  contribution  and dedication, she was given recognition as  Manitoba Young Humanitarian Awardee 2014 ;  Winnipeger of the Month, September 2015;  Winnipeg Youth Role Model Awardee 2016;  and one of  Manitoba’s Most Fascinating 100 People for 2016 – 10th placer.


Of   Filipino heritage, this  17 year old teener  loves music,  sports and adventures and  is the third and youngest  child of Riz and Lorna Aquino.



From all of us at CKJS 810 Radio, we are proud of you Loizza! Keep up the good work!
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