COMMUNITY: Positive Post–It Day, October 5, 2015

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Advisor What is International Positive Post–It Day? Positive Post–It Day started in Airdrie, Alberta, when high school student Caitlin Haacke decided to fight back against online bullying by posting notes with compliments on every locker in her school. The positive post–it movement soon took off—in Caitlin’s school, in the Airdrie community, and on social media. This … Read More

COMMUNITY: Celebrating the Wabasca Community

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Strategy Coordinator and Barb Milne, Project Manager As an organization that has been around for over a decade, Safe and Caring has had the pleasure of working with many Alberta communities. One of our longest standing relationships has been with the small northern community of Wabasca, home of the Bigstone Cree Nation and many hardworking people in … Read More

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: 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

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 … Read More

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 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 … 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 to find important information you can use in your classroom and your own life. You can also check out … Read More

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: 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 … Read More


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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 … Read More

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 … Read More