COMMUNITY: Positive Post–It Day, October 5, 2015

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Advisor What is International Positive Post–It Day? Positive Post–It Day started in Airdrie, Alberta, when high school student Caitlin Haacke decided to fight back against online bullying by posting notes with compliments on every locker in her school. The positive post–it movement soon took off—in Caitlin’s school, in the Airdrie community, and on social media. This …

COMMUNITY: Launching the Youth ART Project – Bullying Prevention in Schools

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Safe and Caring is thrilled to be working with the two rural Alberta communities of Wabasca and Rocky Mountain House to deliver ART bullying prevention training with 12 to 17 year old youth at O’Chiese School and Mistassiniy School. Visit our project webpage to learn more about this project, and keep up to date on project news and development.  

FOCUS ON: Celebrating Our Youth

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by: Susan Hopkins, Ed.D., Executive Director and Barry Davidson, Managing Director We look at adolescents and often our very selective memory seems to kick in with some vague conception that young people today have no similarity to the young people we once were. That’s just not so—think back to when you were a youth and “knew it all.” Young people are …

COMMUNITY: Celebrating the Wabasca Community

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Strategy Coordinator and Barb Milne, Project Manager As an organization that has been around for over a decade, Safe and Caring has had the pleasure of working with many Alberta communities. One of our longest standing relationships has been with the small northern community of Wabasca, home of the Bigstone Cree Nation and many hardworking people in …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Mark Cabaj (MBA, BA)

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Mark Cabaj (MBA, BA) is a Safe and Caring Board Member, and Founder and Associate (Former VP) of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement For Mark Cabaj, community engagement and development is a way of life. Growing up in St. Paul, Alberta, Mark enjoyed supporting local public and not-for-profit groups such as Boys and Girls Clubs …

FOCUS ON: Just, Re-thinking our communication for better relationships

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Guest Contribution by: Barry Davidson, Vice-President, Safe and Caring Board, Senior Advisor for the Canadian Crime Prevention Centre and Senior Safety Advisor to Amtac Professional Services. Recently my daughter Megan was competing in 4H speaking competitions and she presented a speech that really got me thinking about how adults communicate and the way that communication determines healthy, positive relationships. It became clear …

RESEARCH: An Environmental Scan of ‘Safe and Caring’ Practices, Programs and Policies in Alberta

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Parents, schools and communities agree that helping children and youth engage in and maintain healthy relationships is an important and common concern. As social learning environments, schools are ideally positioned to help build these skills and relationships. However, schools face many challenges within the current landscape, including competing pressures to promote both academic and social outcomes, fragmented and uncoordinated programming, …

RESOURCE: Self-Regulation Toolkit

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Self-regulation is the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours, and attention, in ways that are socially acceptable and help achieve positive goals such as learning, maintaining good relationships, and achieving well-being. Safe and Caring has partnered with The MEHRIT Centre and Dr. Stuart Shanker–one of Canada’s foremost experts in self-regulation–to develop a series of resources to help …

RESOURCE: Signs you are in a healthy romantic relationship

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Safe and Caring has partnered with one of our newest Advisors–Dr. Matthew Johnson–to develop a series of tip sheets and resources on promoting healthy couple relationships. The first in this series: Signs you are in a healthy romantic relationship, is now freely available for download and print, and for papering in your dormitory walls, on our website. Matt Johnson is …

FOCUS ON: Community-Based Research, Everyone is an Expert!

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Guest Contribution by: Nancy Gibson, PhD, Safe and Caring Board Member  Nancy Gibson is a Senior Researcher for CIET, Professor Emeritus & Former Chair of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta and Former Science Director of the Circumpolar Institute. With decades of experience as a community leader and a research specialization in community studies, Nancy has …