As we continue to find ways to adapt and thrive during a pandemic, staying active and finding ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle remains a challenge.
Alumni well-being is the topic next up in the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Alumni Information Series calendar. The ninth edition takes place Wednesday, May 12 and will welcome special guests Daryl Devonish '87 and Dr. Cassidy Preston '05.
“I'm giving back because I believe in paying it forward and educating those who are open to learning and utilizing new information to better themselves,” says Devonish. “It’s important to me as my mission is to educate and energize people on how to achieve optimal health throughout their life. Alumni should attend because this is a topic that affects us all. It's easier to slow down the disease of aging when you're proactive in the choices you make.”
Devonish has been involved in the fitness and teaching industry for over 30 years and has worked with everyone from the average beginner to CEOs of major companies, professional athletes, and celebrities. He is a true believer in helping people build quality life experiences through active, healthy living and learning how to develop a positive mindset.
“I know the meaningful impact that shifting our mindset can have on our ability to perform our best in work and life and enjoy the journey at the same time,” says Preston, who hopes alumni attending will find out how to achieve a better work-life balance and improve their physical and mental health goals.
“I've experienced this first-hand in my life and have had the pleasure of helping countless others experience these benefits. Our culture generally gives generic advice and perpetuates limiting beliefs, but in this Alumni Info Series, you can expect to learn concepts and strategies that are practical and progressive.”
Preston received his PhD in Sport & Performance Psychology from York University. He is the founder of Consistent Elite Performance and is a full-time Mental Performance Coach helping elite athletes, teams, and businesses increase their performance and well-being. As a former professional hockey player, he combines his personal experiences with current research in sport and performance psychology to create relatable and practical strategies for his clients to apply.
The panelists will provide insight to the attendees on how to find a rhythm between work and personal life, change behaviours and habits, learn the ability to adapt, build a support team, and more, while answering participants' questions.
“We are excited to welcome both Daryl and Cassidy to the Alumni Information Series panel and have them share their expertise and passion for this topic,” says Matt Montemurro ’05, Alumni Association Vice President and moderator. “We continue to look for new ways to reach out to and support SMCS alumni in all facets of their lives.”