Acme

Animator: Cathy Price
Phone: 403-836-0632

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Airdrie

Animator: Kim Titus

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Animator: Marianne French

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Animator: Sarah Titus
Phone: 403-554-1044

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Animator: Lindsey Coyle

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Community Connections

Impacts/Outcomes

This team was able to develop relationships with local businesses and churches who have direct access to our target population, new immigrants to the community. These connections were vital in providing food hampers to these families and hosting a guest speaker to present information on health and wellness and self care.

Animators

Abiola Ojo

Funding

$ 5,000 Microgrant

This project aims to support and empower youth and young adults who are newcomers to Canada by providing various workshops and mentorship programs. The food hampers will offer culturally-appropriate…

Airdrie | Kim Titus

2 years ago Airdrie, AB, Canada

Meet Kim Titus Kim Titus, one of the Animators from Airdrie talks about her journey with the Rural Mental Health Project.  

Armena

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Animator

Maureen Gibson

Funding

$5,450 Individual Community Grant

This project aims to address community engagement, mental health awareness and geographic needs of the community.

Barrhead

Animator: Shannon Harris
Phone: 780-305-3456

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Animator: Tim Griffin
Phone: 7806744944226

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Animator: Donna Hearn
Phone: 780-690-1137

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Community Mental Health Enhancement Project

Impact/Outcome

The action team has been small in size and has had minimal interactions due to how efficient they are planning the events and the nature of the training sessions. The team of committee members are committed to the progress of mental health education and continue to share the value they see in training with others.

Animator

Shannon Harris

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

The objective of this project is to enhance the community’s abilities to be able to assist others experiencing mental health problems.

Beaumont

Animator: Dinah Melgard
Phone: 780-929-1006

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Beaverlodge

Animator: Glory Przekop
Phone: 780-512-1529

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Beiseker

Animator: Stephanie Young
Phone: 780-201-4386

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Benalto

Animator: Wendy Berg
Phone: 403-506-7263

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Berwyn

Animator: Kristy Rees
Phone: 780-617-1176

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Berwyn | Kristy Rees

1 year ago Berwyn, AB, Canada

Meet Kristy Rees Kristy Rees is the Rural Mental Health Project Community Animator for Berwyn, Alberta and is also the Community Services Director for Family and Community…

Birch Hills County

Bittern Lake

Animator: Maureen Gibson
Phone: 780-672-0141

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Turn and Burn Stigma

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Maureen Gibson & Sherry Krozser

Funding

$6,000 Multi-Community Grant

This multi community project's goal is to host a special event that encourages discussion within their communities around mental health.

Black Diamond

Animator: Riny Tuithof De Jonge
Phone: 403-933-3422

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Animator: Susan Nagel
Phone: 403-933-4348

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Blairmore

Animator: Tara Haslam
Phone: 403-563-8400

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Crowsnest Pass Men’s Shed

Impact/Outcomes

The Men’s Shed project started off well in March 2021 with two men committed to facilitating and hosting meetings; due to unforeseen circumstances these two men were no longer committed to the project. We pivoted and created a Facebook page for the Men’s Shed that blossomed into an Odd Job Squad for men to experience community engagement and helping others. It challenges men to come together to do planning and are accountable to all members of the group that are counting on this opportunity to connect to others.

Funding

$ 15,510 Individual Community Grant

Animators

Tara Haslam

This project’s objective is to empower male community members and provide a place that rejuvenates their spirit, provides a sense of purpose, and improves wellbeing overall. The Shed will be…

Blueberry Mountain

Bon Accord

Animator: Jamie Saffa
Phone: 587-566-7231

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Bonnyville

Animator: Carrie Goldsmith
Phone: 780-826-0766

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Animator: Andrea Sandmier
Phone: 780-573-7130

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Animator: Aleesha Cabay
Phone: 780-207-5465

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Animator: Rhonda Miron
Phone: 780-826-1025

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Animator: Sasha Johnson
Phone: 780-826-3037

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Breton

Animator: Lynn Raines
Phone: 780-542-0745

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Animator: Deanne Young
Phone: 780-696-3688

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Brooks

Animator: Ashley Williams
Phone: 403-501-1356

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Animator: Tara Stogre
Phone: 403-376-8272

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Community Connections Project

Impact/Outcome

The committee appears to have a renewed sense of optimism after seeing some action items already being completed since its inception in the spring. Many of the people at the table have been a part of similar groups in the past and have not seen action as a result, so there was some hesitancy at the start. I think there is an appreciation for funding and a project with dedicated time and ability to kick start some action within in the community, rather than it falling solely on the shoulders of agencies and organizations with other core missions/responsibilities.

Animator

Ashley Williams

Funding

$39, 982 Individual Community Grant

The goal of our project is to improve community wellness by engaging with community members & partners to increase awareness about mental health and reduce stigma, and cultivate connection to the…

Cadotte Lake

Animator: Elizabeth Whitehead
Phone: 780-219-4385

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Animator: Gaylene Whitehead
Phone: 780-618-4962

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Calmar

Animator: Giselle Messer
Phone: 780-915-3407

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Animator: Amanda Spurgeon
Phone: 780-919-3590

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Community Garden

Impact/Outcome

From the support of the Town and the promotion of the project on social media, plants were donated to garden.

Animator

Amanda Spurgeon-VanLooy

Funding

$5,000 Micro grant

This edible community garden will be a place where community members of all ages can come together to learn the lost art of gardening.

Camrose

Animator: Carley Dolan
Phone: 780-679-6803

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Animator: Michelle Hauser
Phone: 780-679-8833

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Canmore

Animator: Tanya Wood
Phone: 403-679-8611

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Animator: Stacey Wells
Phone: 403-679-5000

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Carbon

Animator: Laurianne Hewey
Phone: 403-821-0461

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Cardston

Animator: Jeremy Prete
Phone: 403-360-7181

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EPIC Community Connection 2022

Outcome/Impact

Animator

Jeremy Prete

Funding

$5,800 Individual Community Grant

The objective of this project is to facilitate interactions between First Nations and Non-First nations through events that will foster communication and integration.

Caslan

Castor

Building Positive Mental Health Through Reconnection

Impact/Outcomes

An event was planned for youth, due to COVID-19 restrictions not many youths could attend, it was decided to open the event to the larger community – it was a success! In speaking to the diverse groups about the project and the purpose of offering opportunities for people to come together and to have fun. I have seniors from the community, lodge and manors telling me how much they learned from their care packages they received during the COVID isolation times. Some have stated how it has them thinking more about mental health and even asking others in the building how they are doing, they want to know more about their neighbors just saying they are fine.

Animators

Mandy Fuller

Funding

$ 23,000 Individual Community Grant

This project aims to build and improve community members’ mental health through reconnection, including events specifically for youth, young adults, and seniors. The project also involves a research…

Cessford

Animator: Catherine Rooke
Phone: 403-501-4634

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Animator: Jamie McElgunn
Phone: 403-667-8414

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Special Area Rural Mental Health Committee

Impact/Outcomes

The “Mental Health Street Guide” has been a valuable resource that we were able to adapt to are local area and print for distribution. The guides highlight that we have local supports available within the area. The community has begun to shift from a “not us” mentality to a “yes us too” mentality. People are supportive of the project but chose to participate in their own ways – engaged to participating from afar but not yet ready to participate in the conversation or activities.

Funding

$ 27,200 Individual Community Grant

Animators

Catherine Rooke

New to the RMH Network, Cessford is located within Special Area No. 2. The Special Area Rural Mental Health Committee plans to address the stigma associated with discussing mental health and mental…

Chestermere

Animator: Coralee McIntosh
Phone: 403-212-0242

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Animator: Tracy Weicht
Phone: 403-796-8158

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Youth Mental Health Safety and Resilience

Impact/Outcomes

A key factor in the success of this project was gaining approval from both the Rocky View Schools and the Calgary Catholic School Division. We were fortunate to receive approval from both School Boards to conduct the Youth Survey in local schools as this is the first community-based survey of its kind to be delivered in our community. The data collected from the Youth Survey is a major asset to the community, one goal of the Youth Safer Communities Survey is that the results and recommendations will guide the actions of making our community a safer place for youth now and in the future.

Animators

Coralee McIntosh

Funding

$ 30,000 Individual Community Grant

Based on an ecosystem-based approach, the Chestermere and Area Community Coalition’s project aims to promote student mental health, specifically focusing on the prevention and reduction of bullying.…

Chestermere | Coralee McIntosh

1 year ago Chestermere, AB, Canada

Meet Coralee McIntosh Coralee McIntosh is a Community Animator in Chestermere, Alberta. She describes how her community is reaching out during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Mental…

Claresholm

Animator: Gabrielle Kirk

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Community Drumming Circles

Impact/Outcomes

Circles provided community members with a way to de-stress safety and within guidelines during the COVID19 Pandemic. Community relationships were nurtured & growth among community individuals. Each circle opened with a discussion around mental health and overall well-being, throughout the eight sessions we noticed an increase understanding of what health, mental health and mental well-being are and what is involved.

Animators

Gabrielle Kirk

Funding

$ 4,300 Microgrant

A community survey indicated that although there are many services and resources available in Claresholm, community members are still experiencing feelings of isolation. To combat the isolation among…

Claresholm | Gabrielle Kirk

1 year ago Claresholm, AB, Canada

Meet Gabrielle Kirk Gabrielle Kirk is the Community Animator for Claresholm, Alberta. Growing Roots in the Community Gabrielle…

Clive

Animator: Abby Notland
Phone: 403-505-4798

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Coaldale

Animator: Amanda Lawrence
Phone: 587-370-7847

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Animator: Jessica Goodrider-Loewen
Phone: 403-915-7530

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Cold Lake

Animator: Jade Fleury
Phone: 780-996-8341

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Animator: Paulette Dahlseide
Phone: 780-812-9693

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Animator: Joe Reid
Phone: 780-594-8030

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Animator: Lyla Allan
Phone: 780-639-9842

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Building Community Connection

Impact/Outcome

As an outcome of the survey the project is on the right track and moving along nicely.

Animator

Joe Reid

Funding

$5,000 Micro Grant

This project aims to identity the needs of the community via a survey with this data collection would provide the coalition an understanding of the particular needs of the Cold Lake community.

Coleman

Animator: Janice Pounder
Phone: 403-563-4291

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Animator: Beatrice Etheridge
Phone: 403-582-0106

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Mental Health Coalition

Impact/Outcomes

Over 100 of the “Pick Me Up” baskets have brought joy and happiness to all that receive them. The public have been very receptive to this initiative, a noted outcome is people are able to open and share what is going on with their Mental Health.

Animators

Janice Pounder

Funding

$ 5,000 Microgrant

New to the Rural Mental Health Network, the Coleman RMH Coalition aims to support knowledge mobilization efforts to strengthen and expand available services. The Coalition also aims to facilitate the…

Consort

Animator: Lacey Abt
Phone: 403-577-3011

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Animator: Natasha Bozek
Phone: 403-577-3011

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Building Mental Health Awareness by Sharing Lived Experience

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Lacey Abt

Funding

$10,000 Individual Community Grant

The three main objectives for the project are: provide education and awareness to our community about overall mental health and well-being, reduce stigma related to mental health conditions and finally…

Cremona

Animator: Elizabeth Grace Sturridge
Phone: 403-637-2655

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Crossfield

Animator: Kristy Thiessen

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Animator: Christina Sackett

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Social Inclusion Series

Impact/Outcomes

-Connected and collaborated with different organizations in the community that are promoting wellness (i.e Library, 4-H club
-Increased conversations around MH; greater understanding of the importance of community connection and the connection between activities in the community and wellbeing
-Brought together a diverse group of people focused on the greater wellness of the community

Animators

Christina Sackett

Funding

$ 5,000 Microgrant

The Social Inclusion Series involved a variety of community events to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, reduce stigma, and promote existing wellness-focused services. Activities…

Devon

Animator: Heather Acres
Phone: 780-987-8330

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Devon Neighborhood Connection

Impact/Outcomes

The increase in social connection improves safety in the 8 neighborhood's that have hosted a pop-up event.

Animator

Heather Acres

Funding

$4750 Micro Grant

This project aims to connect neighbors via "pop up " coffee events around town.

Devon | Heather Acres

8 months ago Devon, AB, Canada

Meet Heather Acres Heather Acres is a Community Development Facilitator in Devon, Alberta. Heather has always had a strong interest in working with community wellbeing and recognizes…

Dewberry

Animator: Vyna Fluny
Phone: 780-847-2548

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Tawaw Piktiwiw

Impacts/Outcomes

The team of Animators from New Dawn forged allies with local non-profits in their region to fulfil their mandate of strengthen the voices of their women citizens. This group of powerful Metis women accomplished this by volunteering and contributing at a MMIWG event to hosting learnings at the Metis Crossing for all members of the community.

Animator

Carrie Goldsmith, Jade Fleury, Rhonda Hodgson, Raylene Gunderson, Vyna Fluny

Funding

$ 34134 Multi-Community Grant

This multi-community project will provide opportunity for Métis women and their families across northeastern Alberta, Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 2 to come together to visit, celebrate…

Didsbury

Animator: Jolene Sanford
Phone: 403-335-7161

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Animator: Lisa Nicholson
Phone: 403-507-2299

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Animator: Gail Nowlan
Phone: 403-559-4661

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Donnelly

Drayton Valley

Animator: Susan Reich
Phone: 780-898-3191

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Animator: Lesley Gigg
Phone: 780-542-1173

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Drumheller

Animator: Michelle Olson

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Social Connections Multi-Community Grant

Impact/Outcomes

This team produced & distributed 2000 “Street Guides’, these guides are business card sized and are easy to share and contain details to local community resources. The team also educated, connected, and changed mindsets within their area by hosting Mental Health First Aid, Small Talk and Assist training.

Funding

$15800 Multi-Community Grant

Animators

Lorrenda Southern, Diana Rowe, Michelle Olsen

This multi-community project aims to optimize the mental wellbeing of community members in Drumheller and Starland County by increasing awareness and promoting positive social connections. A key piece…

Drumheller | Lorrenda Southern - Part 1

2 months ago Drumheller, AB, Canada

Meet Lorrenda Southern - Part 1 Lorrenda Southern is a community Animator living in Drumheller, Alberta with her husband. Lorrenda’s Connection to Mental Health…

Duchess

Animator: Daryl Kimura
Phone: 403-504-4107

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Eckville

Animator: Janeil Humphrey
Phone: 403-348-1992

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Community For Connection, Resiliency, Engagement, And Wellness

Impact/Outcomes

This team was successful in engaging it is target demographic of men, with thirty percent of participants along with teens and seniors. In reviewing the feedback cards after the in-person attendees at their sessions the team learned that folks are going to reach for additional help and resources surrounding their mental health.

Animators

Janeil Humphrey

Funding

$ 4,900 Microgrant

This project aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, support the local services available, and promote social connection and decrease isolation. The project will primarily target adult…

Edberg

Animator: Lyndel Kasa
Phone: 780-672-0141

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Edberg Connection

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Lyndel Kasa

Funding

$7,800 Individual Community Grant

The main objective of the project is to host a community social event to promote inclusion, socialization, and connection which will strengthen, enhance, connect, and support the development of a strong…

Edberg

Evansburg

Animator: Dallas Haywood
Phone: 780-884-3709

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Fairview

Animator: Robyn Robertson
Phone: 780-834-6835

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Falher

Flagstaff County

Animator: Holly Bovencamp
Phone: 780-385-1446

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Animator: Lynne Jenkinson
Phone: 780-385-3976

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Fort Chipewyan

Fort Mckay

Animator: Katelyn Willier
Phone: 780-215-8146

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Fort Saskatchewan

Animator: Krista Allan
Phone: 780-998-6200

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Fort Vermilion

Fox Creek

Animator: Brianne Staples
Phone: 780-662-3758

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Community Well-Being Initiative

Impact/Outcomes

One positive change that the animator observed because of our Men’s Shed project is that the group of men that were coming was small, but they were a good group that included each other and began to support each other in small ways. Another positive change that we saw through these projects is that many of the non mental health specific groups/agencies joined us in looking at things through a mental health lens to integrate their services/programs into a well-being sphere. A third positive change we have seen with our projects is that mental health support resources are easily accessible and advertised more widely than before. We hope that our projects have helped to spark conversations, and to change some of the negative discourse around mental health.

Animators

Brianne Staples

Funding

$ 17,000 Individual Community Grant

This project aims to promote community mental health with a multi-pronged approach. The initiative involves several different components, including posting signage with mental…

Girouxville

Glendon

Animator: Kellie Nichiporik
Phone: 780-812-1036

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Gordondale

Animator: Carla Day
Phone: 780-864-3760

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Grande Cache

Animator: Yvonne Rempel
Phone: 780-501-0759

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Animator: Sonia Paquette
Phone: 780-501-2257

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Community Mountain Voice Newspaper

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Yvonne Rempel & Sonia Delorme-Paquette

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

With the funding Grande Cache received in the first grant cycle, the scope for residents to gain a better understanding when it comes to community development was broadened and provided an opportunity…

Grande Cache | Sonia Paquette

1 year ago Grande Cache, AB, Canada

Meet Sonia Paquette Sonia Paquette is a community Animator born and raised in Grande Cache, Alberta. She comes from a proud Rocky Mountain Cree Indigenous and Irish background. In the…

Grimshaw

Animator: Lori Leitch
Phone: 780-219-9055

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Gwynne

Animator: Erin Ballhorn
Phone: 78035233212292

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Hanna

Animator: Cassandra Spellman
Phone: 587-877-8501

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Animator: Bluebell Rivers
Phone: 403-857-8747

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Hay Lakes

Animator: Sherry Krozser
Phone: 780-878-0000

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High Prairie

Animator: Monica Kreiner
Phone: 780-978-8616

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High River

Animator: Elaine Schow
Phone: 403-601-0053

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Animator: Elizabeth Vigueras
Phone: 403-336-2987

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Inclusive Youth Community Hub

Impact/Outcomes

Saw a strong increase in youth from divers cultural and sexual orientation coming together to work on projects and establish friendships. High River community saw engagement with the youth who were very visible in the community through mural paintings, cultural events, music events and connecting with one another.

Funding

$21,500 Individual Community Grant

Animators

Elaine Schow

The objective of this project is to provide a safe, inclusive space for all youth in High River and surrounding areas to promote mental health. The project will result in the formation of a “High…

Hinton

Animator: Charlene Sitar
Phone: 780-223-8009

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Animator: Janice Baxter
Phone: 780-865-4464

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Animator: Kyle Nein
Phone: 780-740-3311

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Building on our Community Strengths

Impact/Outcomes

The video project has been a way for us to draw out information on the untraditional ways we can seek support both individually and collectively as a community. The project has given our rural community an opportunity to be involved in conversations at a Provincial level and become part of the larger Rural Mental Health Network that spans across the province. It has put Hinton “on the map” in relation to what we have to offer and what we can do as a collective community.

Funding

$25,500 Individual Community Grant

Animators

Charlene Sitar

This project aims to promote community mental health with a multi-pronged approach. The first piece involves a locally-produced video that will highlight community strengths, including community stories,…

Hinton | Charlene Sitar - Part 2

6 months ago Hinton, AB, Canada

Meet Charlene Sitar - Part 2 Charlene Sitar is a community animator for Hinton, Alberta. Community Futures West The organization Community…

Holden

Animator: Karlana Noel
Phone: 587-280-3395

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Animator: Angie Stewart
Phone: 403-443-3800

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Hythe

Animator: Sandra Baker
Phone: 780-512-5093

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Iron River

Animator: Victoria Guettinger
Phone: 780-207-7847

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Mobile Coffee Shop Talk

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Gordon Graves

Funding

$5,000 Micro Grant

This project over a cup of coffee aims to educate, raise awareness, and acceptance of mental health within this small farming community.

Irricana

Animator: Cathryn Hagel
Phone: 403-899-9554

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Jasper

Building Community Through Connection

Impact/Outcomes

Animator

Lisa Riddell

Funding

$27,000 Individual Community Grant

The objective of this project is to promote mental wellbeing and resilience through a series of activities that will encourage social connection – specifically among residents who are more vulnerable,…

Josephburg

Animator: Kimberly Mohr
Phone: 780-995-4857

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Animator: Asma Ammouneh
Phone: 587-341-1835

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Killam

Animator: Kimberley Krochak
Phone: 780-385-5086

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Lac la Biche

Focus On Mental Health: A Series

Impact/Outcomes

Unfortunately, the Animator for the project was no longer available to coordinate this project.

Funding

$5,000 Microgrant

Animators

Carolina Franke

The key priorities of this project are to promote community engagement and awareness about mental health and wellness through a series of workshops. Each workshop will provide the opportunity to learn…

Leduc

Animator: Kristy O'Hara
Phone: 780-980-7109

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Animator: Michelle Mielnik
Phone: 780-446-2042

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Expressive Arts for Mental Health

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Eugena Maguire

Funding

$12,596 Individual Community Grant

The goal of this project is to use the expressive arts to encourage meaningful conversation, emotional experiences and messaging about mental health. To do this, we will host a stand-up comedy night…

Linden

Animator: Jorge Santana
Phone: 403-593-0667

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Animator: Barb Sijbrandi
Phone: 403-704-5088

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Lloydminister

Animator: Raylene Gunderson (New Dawn)
Phone: 780-872-9038

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Animator: Chynna Floriano
Phone: 78087561842908

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Animator: Patrick Lancaster
Phone: 78075661842909

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Community Mental Health Online HUB

Impact/Outcomes

This enhanced interactive website allows individuals to directly access to services making it seamless to receive help when needed. This brings value to the community as there is access for all.

Funding

$ 39675 Individual Community Grant

Animators

Glenys Reeves-Gibbs

Building off an existing website, this project aims to connect individuals with available services directly through the website, allowing users to book directly on the site. This will provide better…

Lymburn

Animator: Carrie Hogg
Phone: 780-933-5796

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Magnolia

Animator: Brittany Yuzicapi-Langer
Phone: 780-812-1515

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Mallaig

Animator: Rae Michaud
Phone: 780-645-5263

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Manning

Animator: Vanessa Ristesund

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Animator: Judy Vandermark
Phone: 780836603778083

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I MATTER Video Contest

Impact/Outcomes

Teachers reported that the students were very engaged in the creation of their videos. There was a good discussion on the importance of self-care and the many ways students can implement their own personal self-care strategies. Students were informed of the various important agencies such as the Kid’s Helpline and Child Abuse Hotline information. Students were able to determine which self-care strategies addressed their needs and which ones they felt comfortable participating in.

Animators

Judy Vandemark

Funding

$400 Microgrant

This project focused on youth mental health through a video contest for students in grades 6-12 in schools across Manning. Students were invited to create a video highlighting self-care strategies,…

Marwayne

Maskwacis

Animator: Luci Johnson
Phone: 780-585-2890

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McLennan

Animator: Cheryl Isert
Phone: 780-837-1432

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Millet

Animator: Rita-anne Fuss
Phone: 780-441-5340

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Animator: Curtis Fuss

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Distancing Diamond

Impact/Outcomes

Due to efficiencies in building the Distancing Diamonds, we also designed and purchased two thousand Mental Health Wallet Cards. These cards contain information about the Mental Health Continuum model and provided local information and resources about when and where to seek additional supports and services when needed. We have fostered a foundational mental health committee, called SMILES of Joy for Rural Mental Health, which is enthusiastic and energized about strengthening the domains of mental health in the community.

Animators

Rita-Anne Fuss

Funding

$ 10,000 Individual Community Grant

This project will involve installing a second “Distancing Diamond” in Millet and hosting a community event. The Distancing Diamond comprises of a diamond-shaped cement area with benches…

Millet | Rita-Anne Fuss

1 year ago Millet, AB, Canada

Meet Rita-Anne Fuss Rita-Anne Fuss is a Community Animator for Millet, Alberta where she currently lives with her husband, Curtis. Beginning the Mental Health…

Nanton

Okotoks

Animator: Lisa Paton
Phone: 403-305-1806

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Olds

Animator: Sydney Layden
Phone: 403-586-2827

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Animator: Debbie French

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Oyen

Animator: Maryann Burns
Phone: 403-664-2255

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Animator: Pamela Stark
Phone: 403-664-2255

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Peace River

Animator: Marc Boychuk
Phone: 780-617-4124

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Animator: Jody Stark
Phone: 780-618-9357

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Piikani Nation

Ponoka

Animator: Andrea Ramage
Phone: 403-704-4667

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Animator: Robyn O'Connellbr
Phone: 403-963-1562

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Neighborhood Place Community Connection Centre (The Neighborhood House)

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Andrea Ramage

Funding

$5,000 Individual Community Grant

The aim of the project is to buy a set of drums and hold monthly drumming circles to create a space for citizens to engage in an activity that encourages mental wellness, healthy communication, and…

Rimbey

Animator: Jamie Coston
Phone: 403-843-2030

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Animator: Kathy Maconochie

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Rocky Mountain House

Animator: Dusty Anne Evans
Phone: 403-895-0553

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Animator: Angel Brunner
Phone: 403-846-6198

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Rocky P2P Network-Mindset Kickstart

Impact/Outcome

We have noticed more community members speaking about the cooking classes, free movie matinees, and monthly Peer Support meetings. The awareness of the Network has increased in the area because of these new activities that have been funded by the CMHA grant.

Animator

Dustyanne Evans

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

Our objective for Rocky P2P (Peer to Peer) Network- Mindset Kickstart is to build and strength the P2P network and get the members the training they need. Through this training the network members…

Rockyford

Animator: Elli Townsend
Phone: 403-431-9038

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Rosalind

Animator: Bernadette Bendfeld
Phone: 780-678-7950

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Reconnecting the "Small but Strong" Community of Rosalind

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Bernadette Bendfeld

Funding

$5,000 Individual Community Grant

The aim of this project is to host activities for a year of connection for all ages.

Round Hill

Animator: Kari Cameron
Phone: 780-679-7757

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Rycroft

Animator: Petrina Beale
Phone: 780-500-7166

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Group Workshop Facilitator

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Animator

Petrina Beale

Funding

$4,800 Micro Grant

Our project aims to help our residents develop a better understanding and knowledge of mental health and their own needs, and how to meet those needs in order to better their own skills and abilities…

Ryley

Ryley

Animator: Samantha Giegold
Phone: 780-662-7067

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Sangudo

Animator: Cari-Anne Nickel
Phone: 780-898-5332

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Sexsmith

Animator: Amy Easterbrook
Phone: 403-563-7526

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Siksika Nation

Animator: Deanne Wolf Ear

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Animator: Heather Wolf Ear

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Slave Lake

Animator: Pearl Lorentzen
Phone: 780-849-4380

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Animator: Gailene Kazakoff
Phone: 780-805-0324

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Animator: Joy McGregor
Phone: 780-805-1233

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Healthy Connections and Positive Activities

Impact/Outcomes

An outcome of the project was a successful " Wellness Fair" with over 40 vendors!

Animator

Pearl Lorentzen

Funding

$3,500 Micro-Grant

The theme for this project is healthy connections and positive activates, they plan to promote these in the community by hosting events, mental health workshops and organizing a "Welcome Back Fair"

Smoky River

Smoky River Community Resource Fair And Calendar

Impact/Outcomes

We were able to meet people in our community who are enthusiastic about projects in our community, receive their stories and hopefully be able to coordinate with them in the future to have them speak about their mental health journeys.

Animators

Cheryl Isert

Funding

$ 4,820 Microgrant

The project aims to reduce the stigma often associated with reaching out for help by connecting community members to mental, physical, and spiritual health resources through a resource fair. Service…

Spirit River

Animator: Julie Temple
Phone: 780-864-3500

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Spruce Grove

Animator: Danielle Peyton
Phone: 780-962-7618

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Animator: Prab Gill
Phone: 780-217-8701

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8 Domains of Mental Health Youth Wellness Kits

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Prab Gill

Funding

10,000 Individual Community Grant

Our project aims to promote a mentally healthy community through the “8 Domains of Mental Health” model. Our short-term goals for this project are Youth are provided with accessible and…

St Albert

Animator: Katrina Breau
Phone: 780-686-7949

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Animator: Jennifer Becker
Phone: 780-908-1173

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Reach Out, Discover, Connect, and Grow

Impact/Outcome

In our conversations with community members, we’ve noted the realization that mental health challenges are becoming a norm for everyone to experience during their life’s journey; and the opportunity to talk about mental health is opening up doors for acceptance and reducing stigma. The vast experiences of the population are requiring many folks to seek assistance to aid their challenges, and people seem more willing to access resources and supports.

Animator

Katrina Breau

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

The project will provide access and knowledge to lift the mental health of our community for all ages to use to increase mental wellness of the residents of St. Albert. Our goal is to supply tools…

Starland County

Animator: Diana Rowe
Phone: 403-821-3954

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Stettler

Animator: Andrea Lee
Phone: 403-742-2337

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Community Reconnection

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The community reconnection event on July 1st, was an amazing opportunity to bring the community out of isolation and reconnect with family, friends and community

Animator

Andrea Lee

Funding

$39,958 Individual Community Grant

The aim of this project is to reconnect our community while reducing the stigma and raising awareness regarding mental health and wellness. By engaging the community and offering inclusive learning/training…

Stirling

Animator: Stacey Maynes
Phone: 403-756-3572

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Stony Plain

Animator: Oksana Atwood
Phone: 780-299-0221

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Strathmore

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Animator: Melissa Masse
Phone: 403-934-9090

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Strathmore Community Connections

Impact/Outcome

Before this project we had trouble getting participants at our events, which was a shared concern across Strathmore organizations. The accessible, friendly, and free nature of our events are seeing significant participants turn outs, with our largest having over 500 participants.

Animator

Melissa Masse

Funding

$33,290 Individual Community Grant

The Community Connections project has two main components: the development of a community volunteer hub and a series of community programs to encourage re-engagement with…

Sundre

Sundre is a town in central Alberta, Canada that is surrounded by Mountain View County. It is approximately 100 km northwest of Calgary on the Cowboy Trail in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies

Animator: Sari Werezak
Phone: 403-638-1011

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Animator: Darlene Hoschka
Phone: 403-636-0999

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Youth Enrichment Project

Impact/Outcomes

The Animator’s with the support of the Town, local churches, volunteers, and business have built a safe place for at risky youth of the area. The motto for the centre is “there is a place for everyone,” and everyone in town and outlying areas have noticed positive change since this facility has opened.

Funding

$ 40000 Individual Community Grant

Animators

Sari Werezak, Renate De Bruijn

The goal of the Youth Enrichment Project is to bring a full complement of programs and services for at-risk youth. By collaborating with community partners, stakeholders, and businesses, the project…

Swan Hills

Animator: Trina Molnar
Phone: 780-333-4119

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Animator: Carrie Rusoway
Phone: 780-333-4119

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Animator: Becki Fleming
Phone: 780-333-5740

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Sylvan Lake

Animator: Alissa MacDonald
Phone: 4038871137221

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Health & Wellness Healing Hub

Impact/Outcomes

With the completion of the Healing Hub in early October and as a well-utilized trail system going through the Healing Hub, many people expressed their gratitude for the area and all those involved (parks, contractors, consultants, FCSS) in the creation and in how well it turned out. Community Support for the Healing Hub on Facebook and on our Town Website has been extraordinary.

Animators

Heather Sweetnam

Funding

$ 34,000 Individual Community Grant

Building off a New Horizon’s federal grant to support health and wellness for seniors, this project will enhance and expand the design of the park to welcome all members of the community, incorporating…

Taber

Animator: Renee White

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Thorsby

Animator: Carol Rempel
Phone: 780-777-8472

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Three Hills

Animator: Heather Pilva
Phone: 403-443-8474

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Animator: Shelley Jackson-Berry
Phone: 403-443-3800

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Toefield

Animator: Loretta Kroeker
Phone: 780-717-8151

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Trochu

Animator: Tanya Little
Phone: 403-896-4319

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Two Hills

Animator: Amy Boettcher
Phone: 780-603-3867

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Community Re-Connections

Valleyview

Animator: Judy Brothers
Phone: 780-552-3355

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Animator: Erin Witty
Phone: 780-524-6539

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Vegreville

Animator: Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage
Phone: 780-632-8823

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Weekend Coffee Chat

Impact/Outcomes

Individuals who are newer to the community and haven’t had an opportunity to meet others due to the community restrictions (Covid), are attending the program and have said that this has been a great way to meet others and not have any expectations placed on them. Individuals have been able to foster relationships and connections in a safe environment that they then access beyond the program hours. Individuals have become more ready to share struggles, challenges, and ideas with each other during the meetings.

Animator

Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage

Funding

$ 16,136 Individual Community Grant

The project will supply a meeting place and facilitator for a group driven weekly support group meeting for all community members over the age of eighteen that have mental health struggles.

Vermilion

Animator: Derek Collins

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Vermillion Rural Mental Health Project

Impact/Outcomes

Animator

Derek Collins

Funding

$4800 Micro Grant

This project focuses on seniors in Vermillion reconnecting with their community, along with a survey to be conducted in town to help its members understand the financial and emotional impact of the…

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Viking

Animator: Rachel Mayko
Phone: 780-336-4024

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Vulcan

Senior Mental Wellness Project

Outcome/Impact

It has been a challenge to organize times and dates to have the sessions, even with these challenges good turn outs at events hosted thus far with good impacts.

Animator

Tracy Inaba

Funding

$5,000 Micro Grant

This project will involve facilitating a series of 6 workshops for seniors, families, and caregivers. Topics include hope & hopelessness, art & pet therapy, yoga and baking.

Wainwright

Animator: Shannon Fife
Phone: 780-842-0961

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Community Wellbeing Connection Hub

Impact/Outcomes

The Mental Health Resource HUB was set up based on the eight domains and each resource is slotted under the most appropriate domain. We completed 23 Webcasts and 18 Podcast specifically focused on each of the eight domains of wellness, we researched each domain and paired each to local resources then highlighted them either on a webcast, podcast, both and/or on the Mental Health Resource HUB.

Animators

Shannon Fife

Funding

$ 27,500 Individual Community Grant

The overarching goal for this project is to create an access point for all community members to find the means to support their overall wellness. The Community Wellbeing Connection Hub will connect…

Warburg

Wembley

Animator: Anna Underwood
Phone: 780-228-9750

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Whitecourt

Animator: Jeremy Watson
Phone: 780-262-0088

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Animator: Tara Baker
Phone: 780-778-1194

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Community Of Kindness

Impact/Outcomes

The changes and positive impact that can be contributed to our project is highlighting the importance of community wide conversations around Mental Health and Mental Wellness. Being able to provide the much-needed training to the public, agencies and community at large has ensured that this type of training and conversations will continue. One of the biggest changes noticed by many is how many resources there are available and the importance of removing barriers to finding help when you need it.

Animators

Jeremy Watson Tara Baker Bonnie Ryan-Fisher

Funding

$ 32,500 Individual Community Grant

The Community of Kindness project aims to normalize the discussion of mental health and mental illness in Whitecourt. Key activities include offering training (e.g., MHFA, ASIST, TIC) to community…

Wildwood

Animator: Sandy Labrie
Phone: 780-325-3782

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Animator: Wendy Robinson
Phone: 780-325-3782

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Wimborne

Animator: Lois Benedict

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Woking

Animator: Denise van Rootselaar

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