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

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 … 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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

COMMUNITY: National Bullying Awareness Week, Resources for Teachers

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Did you know that Alberta’s new Education Act recognizes National Bullying Awareness Week (NBAW)? National Bullying Awareness Week is always the third week of November and it’s fast approaching! What is your school community/district doing to recognize NBAW and start the conversation about creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments? We know the only effective way to create and maintain a positive learning … Read More

YOUTH PARTNERSHIPS: Congratulations to 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates

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by: Dada Alice Mwemera, Youth Engagement Coordinator A big congratulation goes out to the outstanding Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi on winning the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize! I have had the pleasure of reading up on the amazing work that both laureates have done and continue to do.  The journey they have walked is incredible and truly sparks inspiration for … Read More

FOCUS ON: What’s New in the Education Act

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by Caroline Missal, MEd, Project Manager at Safe and Caring Alberta’s new Education Act passed in the Legislature on December 10, 2012, and is expected to come into effect in time for the 2015/2016 school year. Under the existing School Act, school boards must provide a safe and caring environment. The Education Act takes this a step further, providing a … 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