Minister of Human Services Klimchuk Accepts Position as Honourary Chair of Alberta Bullying Prevention Organization

18-11-2014

Edmonton, AB: As the province of Alberta continues to demonstrate a commitment to child safety and well-being, the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities is pleased to announce that Minister of Human Services Heather Klimchuk has accepted the role of our Honourary Chair.

Edmonton, AB: As the province of Alberta continues to demonstrate a commitment to child safety and well-being, the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities is pleased to announce that Minister of Human Services Heather Klimchuk has accepted the role of our Honourary Chair.

Safe and Caring’s Board of Directors includes representation from the University of Alberta, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents and other organizations and individuals committed to working together to build safe, caring, inclusive and healthy environments for children and youth.

This important announcement occurs just in time for the Society’s Annual Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast, to be held during National Bullying Awareness Week on Wednesday, November 19 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. As her first act as Honourary Chair, the Honourable Heather Klimchuk will attend the breakfast to announce Greetings from the Province and present the HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Award.

Executive Director of the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities, Susan Hopkins, Ed.D. states: “As champions for child and youth well-being, we have an opportunity, grounded in a foundation of new policy and legislation and informed by evidence, to work together to create a true culture of caring in our schools and communities.”

The Honourable Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Human Services states: “All Albertans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s up to all of us to help teach children about healthy relationships. Together we can make a difference in helping stop bullying in homes, schools and across our Alberta communities.”

About Safe and Caring

The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring) is a not-for-profit organization which builds community capacity to prevent bullying and violence against children and youth through the promotion of healthy relationships. As a centre of excellence, Safe and Caring fosters effective networks and partnerships to improve the quality of life for all of Alberta’s children and youth. For more information about Safe and Caring, visit www.safeandcaring.ca.

About Heather Klimchuk

The Honourable Heather Klimchuk is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Glenora as a Progressive Conservative. She is currently Minister of Human Services. She is also a member of the Government’s committee on Agenda and Priorities. Previously, Ms. Klimchuk served as Minister of Culture, Minister of Culture and Community Services and as Minister of Service Alberta. Ms. Klimchuk’s public service experience prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta includes working for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a researcher and working as a writer for both Premier Lougheed and Premier Getty. Ms. Klimchuk also assisted with the initiation of the Alberta Seniors Information Phone Line. She is an active member and leader in her community. Ms. Klimchuck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in political science.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Meaghan Trewin
Communications Coordinator, Safe and Caring
780.822.1503 | mtrewin@safeandcaring.ca