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: 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: 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

CHAMPION PROFILE: Introducing Susan Hopkins, Ed.D., Executive Director of Safe and Caring

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Guest Post by: Dr. Nancy Gibson, medical anthropologist and Senior Researcher with CIET Susan Hopkins joined the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities as Executive Director in August 2014. As the new Executive Director of Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, Susan brings a rich range of experience to her position. With degrees in political science and educational leadership, … Read More

FOCUS ON: Expanding our Understanding of the Meaning of “Safe” by Dr. Stuart Shanker

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Guest Post by: Dr. Stuart Shanker There are certain unmistakable signs of when a child doesn’t feel safe: the child is very withdrawn and subdued; emotionally volatile; overly anxious; highly impuls­ive; inattentive, or easily distracted. Or bullying other children. It’s this last sentence that should make us suddenly sit up and realize that we need to think seriously about what … Read More

GUEST POST: One School’s Story about Creating Healthy and Meaningful Relationships

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Guest Post by: Nancy Metcalf, Jasper Place High School High school can be a place where students just want to fit in.  To let differences be known and access the strength that comes from our differences can feel risky and unsafe. The guardedness that results leads to feelings of isolation and being unable to find our true commonalities.  At Edmonton’s … Read More