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Connecting the Dots: Technology & the Importance of Hobbies

Technology plays a lot of roles in our lives. While some of them can make our lives easier, others can be distracting and have negative impacts. When you take time away from technology and explore new interests/hobbies, it can be beneficial for your health and overall happiness. Join us to learn more about technology and the role that hobbies play in managing our habits.


This session includes a live demonstration and teaching about Métis beading by Marissa Magneson.


Each participant will receive 1 beading kit and instructions to follow along!

Maximum of 20 participants.


This session covers:

  • How much screen time is too much?

  • Pros and cons of technology use

  • Warning signs of excessive use

  • Why it's important to disconnect

  • The role hobbies play in managing tech use


Age Group: 11 to 17 years old

Date: Thursday November 3rd 2022

Time: 6:30 to 8pm EST

To register: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlc-uppjwpH9RthiiwEux8TFf5DozQfdl7

Deadline to register is October 17th



Your hosts:


Taylor Rawson, Gaming and Gambling Health Promotion Specialist

  • Taylor (She/her) is the Gaming and Gambling Health Promotion Specialist at the Métis Nation of Ontario. She is a Métis citizen from Lafontaine Ontario, but now resides in Ottawa. She has a bilingual bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a major in Criminology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Throughout her career, Taylor has provided support to individuals experiencing concerns around technology use, gambling, mental health and substance use. Outside of work, Taylor loves to garden, create art, and spend time with her family, friends and 3 pets.


Marissa Magneson

  • Marissa Magneson is a Cree-Métis artist, photographer, educator, and workshop facilitator. She has a BFA honours degree from York University and a Master’s degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Her Master's focused on Indigenous re-search methodologies using beadwork as visual storytelling. Currently, a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at York University, Marissa is now researching beadwork as pedagogy, a bridge toward reconciliation and cultural reclamation. In her collaborative work with various organizations, Marissa works towards photographing, consulting, educating, and creating programming in meaningful ways. Marissa currently sits as the Youth Representative for the Toronto and York Regional Métis Council.






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