FOCUS ON: How Do We Know We Are Making a Difference for Children?

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Guest Contribution by: Rebecca Gokiert and Karen Edwards, Community-University Partnership (CUP) at the University of Alberta.   Every program manager has wondered “Are we really making a difference?” and “How do we prove it?” In the past decade, the Community-University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families (CUP), University of Alberta has worked collaboratively with managers of early childhood …

FOCUS ON: Early Childhood Development Research & Knowledge Mobilization

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Guest Contribution by: Aimee Caster, Communications Director for the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (The Centre). Early strong foundations result in the best possible outcomes for children. The research is clear that the most important thing children need to thrive is to live in a supportive environment. That environment must include safe and caring relationships that begin at …

FOCUS ON: Laying the Foundations for Self-Regulation

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Guest Contribution by: Dr. Stuart Shanker, D. Phil, CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University. In their 1996 Report on Aboriginal Peoples, the Royal Commission spelled out how: “Children hold a special place in Aboriginal cultures. According to tradition, they are gifts from the spirit world. They carry within them the gifts that manifest themselves …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Nancy Gibson, PhD

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Nancy Gibson is one of the newest members of Safe and Caring’s Board of Directors. Nancy brings to Safe and Caring over 50 years of experience serving communities around the world in a multitude of different roles – as a nurse and, later, medical researcher in Sierra Leone; as a community leader and volunteer for numerous …

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: Choosing A University or College

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It’s that time of year. Many high school students are beginning to make some hard decisions about what to do after graduation. The decision of whether to go to university or college, and if so, where to go, is an important and challenging decision. Safe and Caring asked our Youth Partner Logan Peters to share a bit about her own experience and …

COMMUNITY: Acts of Kindness from Alberta Education

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February’s Guest Perspective is by: School and Community Supports for Children and Youth Branch, Alberta Education Did you make a new year’s resolution? It’s still early in 2015, so let’s be optimistic and assume you are still on track with your plan. Common resolutions include losing weight, exercising more, getting out of debt, and helping others. Did you include one …

FOCUS ON: What You Can Do To Support LGBTQ Youth

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator and David Rust, Director of Community Partnerships The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities believes in the vision that all children and youth deserve to grow and develop in safe, caring and inclusive environments. LGBTQ children and youth face unique vulnerabilities as they realize their sexuality or gender identity is different from those …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Mark Ramsankar, President of the ATA

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator Mark Ramsankar is a true champion for Alberta students, teachers and school staff. Mark has worked in the field of education since 1986. Prior to his election as ATA President in 2013, he served variably as a teacher, Assistant Principal and President of the Edmonton Public Teachers Local. Throughout his career, Mark’s focus has been …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Pixel Blue College

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator This month, we recognize community champion Pixel Blue College for their generous pledge of $100,000 to a scholarship for youth, to be administered in partnership with Safe and Caring. The Pixel Blue and Safe and Caring “Collaborate and Create” Scholarship will be distributed to youth interested in giving back to their communities through a career in …

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

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by: Dada Alice Mwemera, Youth Engagement Coordinator The holidays are right around the corner! Personally, as a university student, this means breathing time! Finals are done in the second week of December and I have just under a month to enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones. As a young person, I speak for most of my generation when …