Celebrate Pink Shirt Day with Safe and Caring

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On February 22, schools across Canada are celebrating Pink Shirt Day — an anti-bullying initiative which promotes kindness and respect between classmates, peers and fellow humans of all stripes. Wearing a pink shirt on this day is a condemnation of bullying, and a commitment to making schools safe and respectful places for everyone. The origins of Pink Shirt Day are …

COMMUNITY: 25 Ways to Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week

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Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 14-20, 2016) with some of these family-friendly ideas! Celebrate yourself, or encourage your classroom or workplace to get involved! Write each member of your family a notes, telling them why you appreciate them. Encourage the rest of your fam to do the same. Smile at 15 strangers each day. Leave your barista an …

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 …

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 www.facebook.com/positivepostitday. 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 …

CHAMPION PROFILE: Nancy Gibson, PhD

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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 …

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 …

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

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by: Dada Alice Mwemera, Youth Engagement Coordinator The holidays are right around the corner! Personally, as a university student, this means breathing time! Finals are done in the second week of December and I have just under a month to enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones. As a young person, I speak for most of my generation when …

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 …

FOCUS ON: Culture of Caring

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by: Susan Hopkins, Ed. D, Executive Director of Safe and Caring The conversation is changing. As we continue to work towards making our schools and communities safe, caring and inclusive places for every child and youth in Alberta, the landscape is shifting away from anti-bullying, one-size fits all and zero-tolerance approaches. Safe and Caring is contributing to the changing conversation in …