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I’m Thumbody Program

A program on self-esteem for the elementary classroom.


To help young people understand and learn about mental health, and increase skills that promote personal development and successful relationships.

I’m Thumbody is a Self-Esteem program for children which:

  • Builds healthy self concepts
  • Stimulates the development of self confidence
  • Instills feelings of self worth, individuality and responsibility
  • Develops an understanding of each person’s unique skills and interests and the value of their differences, strengths and individuality
  • Enhances self-awareness


I’m Thumbody is

  • An early childhood mental health program targeted for children in Grade 3
  • A program which is presented in the classroom by trained volunteers as part of the school experience.
  • A program which provides materials to parents and teachers to assist them in reinforcing the development of self esteem and mental wellness in children.
  • A program which actively involves the community as sponsors, planners, and doers.

Program Format

The I’m Thumbody program utilizes trained volunteers in the classroom to help children identify and talk about their feelings.

In two, one hour, classroom sessions, students explore their self concept by participating in a range of activities that include: videos, specially designed activities which enhance self-concept, plus handouts to further educate, motivate and inspire parents, teachers, and children to work on healthy, self-concept development.


Volunteers are …

  • The main representatives of the program in the community and the schools.
  • The presenters of the program in the classroom.
  • The advocates for the program.

Volunteers will be …

  • Carefully selected and recruited for their personal suitability, sensitivity, skills and awareness of the concepts of the program
  • Trained by CMHA/PEI Division before delivering the program in the classroom

Partners in the Process

CMHA/PEI Division in partnership with …

Bell Aliant

Prince Edward island

Bell Alliant supports I'm Thumbody


L to R: John Horrelt, CMHA/PEI President; Bruce Howatt, VP Bell Aliant and Ann Hyde, I’m Thumbody volunteer (Oct. 2011)






The program also depends on several other partnerships which require close co-operation among all players.

  • The Community
  • Parents
  • Children
  • Teachers
  • Volunteers

Thumbodies! (and Thumbuddies) … September/09


In the background is Oscar Hornyick, Account Consultant with Aliant in Summerside, along with I’m Thumbody volunteers (seated L to R) Anne Marie Arsenault and Alma Nunn, plus Hailey Johnson, Grade 3 student from Greenfield Elementary School (February/07)

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