Capturing the Wisdom and the Resilience: How the Pinnacle School Fosters Connections


The purpose of this study was to explore the ways that an inter-agency team created a supportive, caring and safe environment with students who attend the Pinnacle Program. The Pinnacle Program is a joint partnership between the Vancouver Board of Education and the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD–the Provincial Ministry responsive for child protection) that provides low barrier access for youth who wish to complete their Secondary School Graduation Certificate (Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood Diploma).

Using qualitative research methods, this study documented staff and student’s reflections about the strategies, approaches and philosophies that constitute a supportive model of care.

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc

Co-investigators: Genevieve Creighton, Susan Shumay, and Eva Moore

Funded by the Quail Rock Foundation, 2013-14