FOCUS ON: Safe and Caring Communities

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by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D, Executive Director of Safe and Caring Community. Such a great word. The tail end of the word is “unity,” which to me, is really the essence of community. It is by uniting together through shared histories, shared goals, shared spaces that we create community and the sense of belonging that ultimately comes from being part of …

RESOURCE: Teen Mentoring Toolkit Live!

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Safe and Caring is very excited to announce provincial release of the Teen Mentoring Toolkit (TMT). The Teen Mentoring Toolkit is a no-cost online resource that provides schools and community agencies with the opportunity to build or enhance quality mentoring programs. Teen Mentoring engages junior and high school aged youth as mentors to younger students in creating a welcoming, caring, respectful …

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: The Value of Positivity and Kindness

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Guest Contribution by: by Caitlin Haacke, Creator of Positive Post-It Day. Visit her at @caitlin_haacke and www.facebook.com/positivepostitday. Helen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.” What this phrase means is that if you remain positive, the negative cannot affect you. A great example of this is to imagine you wake up one morning to a large …

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: Anxiety is the Worst

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by: Logan Peters Anxiety is the worst. Anxiety is a monster that eats away at its victims and haunts those who think they’ve shed it’s torment. Quite dark, I know. But this is my relationship with anxiety. I think everyone struggles with an anxiety monster at some point in their lives. Anxiety can come in many forms; it’s different for …

FOCUS ON: Get Loud for Mental Health

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Guest Contribution Ione Challborn, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region The Canadian Mental Health Association is celebrating its 64th Mental Health Week May 4-10, 2015 by exploring the important mental health needs of men and boys. Check out www.mentalhealthweek.ca to find important information you can use in your classroom and your own life. You can also check out …

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Bookkeeper

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[Update: Posting closed. Thank you to all applicants!] Safe and Caring is hiring! Do you have a knack for numbers and professional experience in bookkeeping, payroll and administrative support? Are you looking for an opportunity to join a fun and rewarding team? Are you interested in helping make Alberta a safer, more caring place, one invoice at a time? We are looking …

FOCUS ON: Healthy from Head to Heart to Toe

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by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D, Executive Director of Safe and Caring “Healthy mind, healthy body,” my mom would always say. I often catch myself echoing old adages my mother still sprinkles throughout her everyday conversation: “When it rains, it pours,” “a picture is worth a thousand words” and yes, “healthy mind, healthy body.” The original Latin version of this actually reads: …

RESOURCE: Keys to Mental Wellness and Happiness, from one student to another…

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Only one week until Mental Health Week (May 4-10, 2015)! As part of our work to promote positive mental health this month, Safe and Caring partnered with Timurlane Cakmak, student at the University of Alberta and the heart and sould behind the on-campus Impact Wellness Initiativ,e to develop this tip sheet. Drawing on his own personal wellness journey, including his experience as a …

COMMUNITY: Celebrating the LG’s Circle on Mental Health

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Lovely words from our partners at the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction. To learn more about the Circle and His Honour’s work supporting Albertans’ mental health, visit: www.lgcircle.ca. His Honour, Col. [Ret’d] the Hon. Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta: “Since its creation in 2011, the central goal of the Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Robyn Blackadar (MBA, BA)

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator As President and CEO of Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (The Centre), an organization dedicated to creating and mobilizing evidence to ensure the well-being of children, Robyn Blackadar is one of Safe and Caring’s valued partners and fellow champions for child and youth well-being. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and …