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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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: … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

FOCUS ON: Supporting Alberta’s Homeless Youth This Season of Caring

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December’s Guest Perspective is by: Rohan Nuttall, Director of “Through My Eyes” and Youth Advisor to the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. Rohan is also the 2014 recipient of the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Youth Impact Award (Northern Region). Cozy fires, freshly wrapped gifts, the sweet aroma of pine needles and rich cooking. That’s … Read More