RESOURCE: Keys to Mental Wellness and Happiness, from one student to another…

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Only one week until Mental Health Week (May 4-10, 2015)! As part of our work to promote positive mental health this month, Safe and Caring partnered with Timurlane Cakmak, student at the University of Alberta and the heart and sould behind the on-campus Impact Wellness Initiativ,e to develop this tip sheet. Drawing on his own personal wellness journey, including his experience as a … Read More

CHAMPION PROFILE: Robyn Blackadar (MBA, BA)

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator As President and CEO of Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (The Centre), an organization dedicated to creating and mobilizing evidence to ensure the well-being of children, Robyn Blackadar is one of Safe and Caring’s valued partners and fellow champions for child and youth well-being. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and … 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

FOCUS ON: What You Can Do To Support LGBTQ Youth

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by: Meaghan Trewin, Communications Coordinator and David Rust, Director of Community Partnerships The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities believes in the vision that all children and youth deserve to grow and develop in safe, caring and inclusive environments. LGBTQ children and youth face unique vulnerabilities as they realize their sexuality or gender identity is different from those … Read More

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 … 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

COMMUNITY: Recapping #Care4U

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Our collective voice and collective action can make a difference! May 5-11 2014 marked Mental Health Awareness Week. Many different, provincial and national organizations came together to share an important message: Mental Health Matters. We were thrilled with the response to this year’s initiative. From interviews with local news and radio stations, to events attended by Alberta’s Premier, this week’s focus … Read More