Acme

Animator: Cathy Price
Phone: 403-836-0632
Email: cathy.price@ghsd75.ca

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Airdrie

Animator: Kim Titus
Email: kim@thethumbsupfoundation.com

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Animator: Marianne French
Email: frenchysangels@yahoo.ca

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Animator: Sarah Titus
Phone: 403-554-1044
Email: sarah.titus@me.com

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Animator: Lindsey Coyle
Phone: 403-831-2883
Email: connect@airdrieexchange.com

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Animator: Abiola Ojo
Email: lonelybutnotalone5@gmail.com

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Community Connections

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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…

Airdrie | Kim Titus

3 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.  

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Barrhead

Animator: Shannon Harris
Phone: 780-305-3456
Email: Shannon.Harris@bhssa.ca

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Animator: Tim Griffin
Phone: 780-674-4944
Email: Tim.Griffin@bhssa.ca

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Animator: Donna Hearn
Phone: 780-690-1137
Email: doahea@gmail.com

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Community Mental Health Enhancement Project

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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

In Barrhead, community members are eager to help each other, and having people that are ready, willing and able to help is more important than ever. The people that are most often approached for help…

Food for Healthy Community Garden

Animator

Shannon Harris

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

Food for Healthy Community Garden project will be purchasing garden plots and offering a course for community members to learn how to garden and take a free course on food…

Beaumont

Animator: Dinah Melgard
Phone: 780-929-1006
Email: dinah.melgard@beaumont.ab.ca

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Beaverlodge

Animator: Glory Przekop
Phone: 780-512-1529
Email: gdprzekop@yahoo.ca

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Beiseker

Animator: Stephanie Young
Phone: 780-201-4386
Email: recprogram@beiseker.com

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Community Kitchen

Animator

Stephanie Young

Funding

$5000 Microgrant

The Community Kitchen project will be to establish a community kitchen potluck with cooking classes hosted by a local business owner. This project has used a survey to determine…

Benalto

Animator: Wendy Berg
Phone: 403-506-7263
Email: wendyberg1@gmail.com

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Berwyn

Animator: Kristy Rees
Phone: 780-617-1176
Email: vberwynfcss@serbernet.com

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Birch Hills County

Black Diamond

Animator: Riny Tuithof De Jonge
Phone: 403-993-3422
Email: dejongetuithof@gmail.com

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Animator: Susan Nagel
Phone: 403-933-4348
Email: SuzanN@town.blackdiamond.ab.ca

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Blackfalds

Animator: Sierra Fitch
Phone: 403-885-6253
Email: sfitch@blackfalds.ca

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Animator: Jan Pocook
Phone: 403-600-9066
Email: jpocock@blackfalds.ca

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Blairmore

Animator: Tara Haslam
Phone: 403-563-8400
Email: tara.haslam@ccssmvi.ca

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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…

Bon Accord

Animator: Jamie Saffa
Phone: 587-566-7231
Email: ladyjaysaffa_fd@yahoo.ca

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Bonnyville

Animator: Carrie Goldsmith
Phone: 780-826-0766
Email: ppvs@telus.net

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Animator: Andrea Sandmier
Phone: 780-573-7130
Email: asandmaier@metis.org

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Animator: Aleesha Cabay
Phone: 780-207-5465
Email: acabay@town.bonnyville.ab.ca

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Animator: Rhonda Miron
Phone: 780-826-1025
Email: rmiron@town.bonnyville.ab.ca

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Animator: Sasha Johnson
Phone: 780-826-3037
Email: byc@town.bonnyville.ab.ca

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Animator: Gina Levasseur
Phone: 403-502-2972
Email: Glevasseur@metis.org

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Breton

Animator: Deanne Young
Phone: 780-696-3688
Email: fcss@breton.ca

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Brooks

Animator: Ashley Williams
Phone: 403-501-1356
Email: ashley@brooksearlylearning.ca

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Animator: Tara Stogre
Phone: 403-376-8272
Email: tara@brooksearlylearning.ca

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Community Connections Project

From our Animators

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 community of Brooks is increasing their members’ awareness…

Cadotte Lake

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Calmar

Animator: Giselle Messer
Phone: 780-915-3407
Email: gjm1977@aol.com

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Animator: Amanda Spurgeon
Phone: 780-919-3590
Email: aspurgeon68@gmail.com

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Animator: Leah Mcdonald
Phone: 780-985-3604
Email: Lmacdonald@calmar.ca

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Community Garden

From our Animators

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

Being around plants and working a garden can help people feel…

Camrose

Animator: Carley Dolan
Phone: 780-878-4809
Email: dolan.carley@gmail.com

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Animator: Michelle Hauser
Phone: 780-679-8833
Email: hauserassociates20@gmail.com

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Canmore

Animator: Tanya Wood
Phone: 403-679-8611
Email: tanya.wood@albertahealthservices.ca

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Animator: Stacey Wells
Phone: 403-679-5000
Email: stacey.wells@canmore.ca

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Carbon

Animator: Laurianne Hewey
Phone: 403-821-0461
Email: laurianne.hewey@ghsd75.ca

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Cardston

Animator: Jeremy Prete
Phone: 403-360-7181
Email: jeremyprete79@gmail.com

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Animator: Tyree Shaw
Phone: 403-512-6119
Email: beyondcurves@outlook.com

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Animator: Deedria Shaw
Phone: 403-317-7766
Email: deedriashaw@hotmail.com

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EPIC Community Connection 2022

Outcome/Impact

Animator

Jeremy Prete

Funding

$5,800 Individual Community Grant

In the community of Cardston, the Indigenous and non-Indigenous…

Castor

Animator: Mandy Fuller
Phone: 403-882-2115
Email: castordistrictfcss@telus.net

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Building Positive Mental Health Through Reconnection

From Our Animators

"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…

Castor's Community Mental Health Support Network - Neighbours Caring for Neighbours

From our Animators

The group/community are realizing this is something with substance and will continue to grow and support programs that bring mental health information to everyone.

Animator

Mandy Fuller

Funding

$33,900 Individual Community Grant

The community of Castor is seeing a renewal of people wanting to be involved in offering community activities, so this project is following up on a community survey that identified the mental health…

Community Connections! Together Again!

Animator

Mandy Fuller

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

Project Community Connections! Together Again! Is meant to bring people together for learning and socializing. Mental wellness will be discussed with target groups - youth…

Cessford

Animator: Catherine Rooke
Phone: 403-501-4634
Email: sk8coachcatherine@gmail.com

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Animator: Jamie McElgunn
Phone: 403-667-8414
Email: Jamiemcelgunn@gmail.com

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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…

Special Areas Rural Mental Health Network

From our Animators

The Special Areas Rural Mental Health Network has been able to connect 20 individuals/organizations from our area to work together to bring awareness to Mental Health and Wellness. Together we are trying to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and create positive connections to professionals, resources and training.

Animator

Catherine Rooke

Funding

$34, 100 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that Cessford was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Cessford’s first year grant,

Cessford Rural Mental Health

Animator

Catherine Rooke & Jamie McElgunn

Funding

$18,750 Individual Community Grant

The Cessford Rural Mental Health project hopes to address mental health stigma in their community to promote positive mental health, provide updated resources with accurate…

Chestermere

Animator: Coralee McIntosh
Phone: 403-212-0242
Email: coralee@yoursynergy.ca

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Animator: Tracy Weicht
Phone: 403-796-8158
Email: tracyweicht@gmail.com

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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…

Steps Towards Resilience

From our Animators

As we have moved through this project, starting from the beginning of year one, we have noticed a change in relationship between the local Catholic schools (elementary and secondary), the Catholic School Division and our community.

Animator

Coralee McIntosh

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that the Animators of Chestermere was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Chestermere’s first year community grant,

Spring Forward

Animator

Coralee McIntosh

Funding

$20,000

The Spring Forward project is following up on the past two projects Chestermere received, using a phased approach. They will be focusing on reducing stigma, educating the…

Chestermere | Coralee McIntosh

2 years 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

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.…

Claresholm | Gabrielle Kirk

2 years 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
Email: abby@clive.ca

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Cold Lake

Animator: Jade Fleury
Phone: 780-996-8341
Email: jasmin.jade@live.com

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Animator: Paulette Dahlseide
Phone: 780-812-9693
Email: pdahlseide@gmail.com

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Animator: Joe Reid
Phone: 780-594-8030
Email: jreid@coldlake.com

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Animator: Lyla Allan
Phone: 780-639-9842
Email: lyla.allan@portagecollege.ca

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Building Community Connection

From our Animators

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 was the second year that the Animators of Cold Lake was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Cold Lake’s first year multi-community grant,

Coleman

Mental Health Coalition

From Our Animators

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…

Consort

Animator: Lacey Abt
Phone: 403-577-3011
Email: fcssconsort@gmail.com

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Animator: Natasha Bozek
Phone: 403-577-3011
Email: neutralhillslearning@gmail.com

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Building Mental Health Awareness by Sharing Lived Experience

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Lacey Abt

Funding

$10,000 Individual Community Grant

Stigma is a considerable barrier to positive mental health, which is why the project in Consort focuses on reducing stigma around talking about mental health. Understanding the priorities of the community,…

Building positive mental health through awareness and social connection

Animator

Lacey Abt

Funding

$18,020 Individual Community Grant

This project aims to provide opportunities for adults to be connected in their community using a collaborative approach to continue building awareness in their community.…

Crossfield

Animator: Kristy Thiessen
Email: kristy.que1978@gmail.com

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Animator: Christina Sackett
Email: christinasackett@hotmail.com

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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…

Crossfield Reconnections

Animator

Christina Sackett

Funding

$15,000 Individual Community Grant

The Crossfield Reconnections project will be enhancing a local park to create an outdoor space for reconnection and developing block party kits.

Devon

Animator: Heather Acres
Phone: 780-271-1189
Email: heather.a.acres@gmail.com

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Devon Neighbourhood Connection

From our Animators

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

Animator

Heather Acres

Funding

$4750 Micro Grant

Neighbourhood pop-up events provide an opportunity for people to meet for the first time or to deepen an existing connection between neighbours. This is why the Neighbourhood…

Devon | Heather Acres

1 year 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
Email: vynamary@gmail.com

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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…

Kokum and Me: Connecting Communities, Culture and Generations

From Our Animators

“The Métis have always been a social people, some attribute this to the tribal strength of Cree foremothers and the “joie de vivre” (joy of life) of French-Canadian forefathers. Visiting is an important pastime and the Métis place a great emphasis on relationships - kinship and friendship.”

Animator

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

Funding

$48,327 Multi-Community Grant

This was the second year that the Animators of New Dawn Metis Women’s Society was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about New Dawn’s first year…

Come Visit with Us: Visiting and Our Paths to Wellness

Animators

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

Funding

$30,000

New Dawn Metis Women’s Society have 5 animators from 5 different communities; Dewberry, Cold Lake, Marwayne, Lloydminster, and Bonnyville, that are working together…

Didsbury

Animator: Jolene Sanford
Phone: 403-335-7161
Email: jsanford@didsbury.ca

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Animator: Lisa Nicholson
Phone: 403-507-2299
Email: founder@hope4mvckids.org

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Animator: Gail Nowlan
Phone: 403-559-4661
Email: gailnowlan@gmail.com

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Donalda

Animator: Bobbi Isherwood
Phone: 403-883-2345
Email: events@village.donalda.ab.ca

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Donnelly

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Drayton Valley

Animator: Lesley Gigg
Phone: 780-542-1173
Email: lesleygigg@hotmail.com

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Drumheller

Animator: Angel Rowe
Phone: 587-877-8671
Email: albertasexcoach@gmail.com

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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…

Drumheller/Starland Rural Mental Health Network

From our Animators

I have noticed there is an increased participation with members becoming actively involved in the activities within the work plan; this is encouraging to see happening. RMHN Committee members have volunteered to support planning an upcoming event.

Animator

Diana Rowe

Funding

$37,400

This was the second year that Drumheller/Starland County was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Drumheller/Starland County’s first year grant,…

Drumheller | Lorrenda Southern - Part 1

1 year 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: 403-501-4107
Email: darylkim@telus.net

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Eckville

Animator: Janeil Humphrey
Phone: 403-348-1992
Email: jj.humphrey@hotmail.com

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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…

Edberg

Animator: Lyndel Kasa
Phone: 780-672-0141
Email: cdss@telus.net

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Edberg Connection

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Lyndel Kasa

Funding

$7,800 Individual Community Grant

For a small village of 150 people, Edburg is very community-minded with many engaged, and motivated productive community members that make things happen.  They are creative and tenacious and strive…

Creating Cookies and Kindness

Animator

Lyndel Kasa

Funding

$6274 Individual Community Grant

The Creating Cookies and Kindness project will involve hosting ongoing community social cookie decorating events to promote inclusion, socialization, and connection. A local…

Evansburg

Animator: Dallas Haywood
Phone: 780-884-3709
Email: canadiva@icloud.com

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Fairview

Animator: Robyn Robertson
Phone: 780-834-6835
Email: robertsonrob@prsd.ab.ca

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Falher

Animator: Darlene Dube
Phone: 780-837-2220
Email: darlene@srfcss.com

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Flagstaff County

Animator: Holly Bovencamp
Phone: 780-385-1446
Email: h.bovencamp@gmail.com

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Animator: Lynne Jenkinson
Phone: 780-385-3976
Email: director@flagstafffcs.ca

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Fort Chipewyan

Fort Mckay

Animator: Katelyn Willier
Phone: 780-215-8146
Email: kwillier@fortmckay.com

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Fort Saskatchewan

Animator: Krista Allan
Phone: 780-998-6200
Email: kallan@fortsask.ca

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Fort Vermilion

Fox Creek

Animator: Brianne Staples
Phone: 780-662-3758
Email: crcsupport@foxcreekcrc.ca

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Community Well-Being Initiative

From Our Animators

"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…

Creek Community Connections

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Brianne Staples

Funding

10,000 Individual Community Grant

Fox Creek is an active, community-minded town with a great potential for community-led initiatives. It is with this in mind that the project in Fox Creek is made up of 2 community events – an…

Connect Fox Creek

Animator

Brianne Staples

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

The Connect Fox Creek project will provide residents of Fox Creek with events and opportunities to socially connect. Events are created from input from community members…

Girouxville

Glendon

Animator: Kellie Nichiporik
Phone: 780-812-1036
Email: knichiporik@gmail.com

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Gordondale

Animator: Carla Day
Phone: 780-864-1801
Email: gday1802@gmail.com

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Grande Cache

Animator: Yvonne Rempel
Phone: 780-501-0759
Email: yvonne.rempel@albertahealthservices.ca

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Animator: Sonia Paquette
Phone: 780-501-2257
Email: sonia@gcclerc.ca

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Community Mountain Voice Newspaper

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Yvonne Rempel & Sonia Delorme-Paquette

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that Grande Cache was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Grande Cache’s first year grant,

Community Newspaper

Impact/Outcomes

This community newspaper connected the community by it is Home Delivery Service has exceeded our expectations. This has become a key asset for keeping community connected and sense of belonging, being community driven means, we encourage the businesses, organizations, and local community members to contribute content so we can distribute it among the community. We are still changing the mind set of the community from “what’s wrong to what’s strong.” It is always great to hear that community has taken ownership of the newspaper and are calling “their community newspaper”

Animators

Yvonne Rempel Sonia Paquette

Funding

$ 39,760 Individual Community Grant

By starting a community newspaper, this project aims to promote a sense of community, enhance community engagement and connection, strengthen community partnerships, and…

Grande Cache | Sonia Paquette

2 years 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
Email: leitchl@prsd.ab.ca

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Grouard

Animator: Monica Kreiner
Phone: 780-978-8616
Email: monica@moniyasko.ca

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Stopping the Harm and Healing Our Grief

Animator

Monica Kreiner

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

This project will bring current Indigenous gravediggers together to address traumas related to digging up unmarked graves. Using the community members with lived experience…

Gwynne

Animator: Erin Ballhorn
Phone: 780-352-3321
Email: eballhorn@county10.ca

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Hanna

Animator: Cassandra Spellman
Phone: 587-877-8501
Email: firstaidcass@gmail.com

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Animator: Bluebell Rivers
Phone: 403-857-8747
Email: riversyoga@gmail.com

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Hay Lakes

Animator: Sherry Krozser
Phone: 780-878-0000
Email: krozsers@telus.net

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High Prairie

High River

Animator: Elaine Schow
Phone: 403-601-0053
Email: solerahealthquest@gmail.com

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Animator: Elizabeth Vigueras
Phone: 403-336-2987
Email: elizavigueras@gmail.com

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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…

Viva La Vida: Spanish Mind, New Generation

Animator

Elizabeth Vigueras

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

Project Spanish Mind, New Generation is proposing to continue the second phase of their original grant. This phase will include connecting with Mexican Hispanic and Filipino…

Viva la Vida: Mental Health Project for Mexicans & Hispanics

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Elizabeth Vigueras

Funding

$20,650 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that High River was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about High River’s first year grant,

Hinton

Animator: Charlene Sitar
Phone: 780-223-8009
Email: csitar@hinton.ca

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Animator: Janice Baxter
Phone: 780-865-4464
Email: info@bridgeshinton.org

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Animator: Kylie Nein
Phone: 780-740-3311
Email: kylie@hintonhelp.ca

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Animator: Trish Leduc
Phone: 780-817-4881
Email: tleduc@hinton.ca

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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,…

On the Move for Mental Wellness

From our Animators

Changes within our Action Team have been a broadening of the scope of the work the group would like to accomplish. Beyond the grant funding project, the Action Team is looking for ways to make changes to systems affecting mental health in our community, ie. advocating for a Regional Rural PAC Team to assist people in mental health crisis.

Animator

Charlene Sitar

Funding

$34,430 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that the Animators of Hinton was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Hinton’s first year community grant,

Second Act: A Community Suicide Prevention and Response Strategy

Animator

Charlene Sitar

Funding

$15,410

The Second Act Project will develop a suicide prevention strategy for the community of Hinton. They will also be bringing in a keynote speaker to discuss men's mental wellness.…

Hinton | Charlene Sitar - Part 2

1 year 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: Angie Stewart
Phone: 403-443-3800
Email: angie@krfcss.com

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Hythe

Animator: Sandra Baker
Phone: 780-512-5093
Email: sandybunse@gmail.com

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Iron River

Animator: Victoria Guettinger
Phone: 780-207-7847
Email: couchman.victoria@gmail.com

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Mobile Coffee Shop Talk

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Gordon Graves

Funding

$5,000 Micro Grant

The community members of Iron River are similar to many other communities in that they believe the key to positive mental health is to just be strong and stoic. This project is aiming to move beyond…

Irricana

Animator: Cathryn Hagel
Phone: 403-899-9554
Email: triplehfarm@hotmail.com

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A Cup of Joy

Animator

Cathryn Hagel

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

A Cup of Joy project is a weekly and monthly meet up for community members to gather for coffee or tea with a activity, workshop or craft is offered. This projects aims…

Jasper

Building Community Through Connection

Impact/Outcomes

Animator

Lisa Riddell

Funding

$27,000 Individual Community Grant

While Jasper has a well-informed and engaged year-round population, the seasonal population has some challenges breaking into the community. To combat the risk of isolation and associated mental health…

Jasper | Lisa Riddell

11 months ago Jasper, AB, Canada

Meet Lisa Ridell, Jasper, Alberta Finding purpose in the community Lisa Ridell is a Rural Mental Health Network Animator living in Jasper, Alberta.…

Josephburg

Animator: Kimberly Mohr
Phone: 780-995-4857
Email: kim.mohr25@gmail.com

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Animator: Asma Ammouneh
Phone: 587-341-1835
Email: Asma.Ammouneh@strathcona.ca

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Killam

Animator: Kimberley Krochak
Phone: 780-385-5086
Email: kimmyenergy@gmail.com

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Lac la Biche

Langdon

Animator: Jaclyn Jones
Phone: 587-432-0068
Email: Sonder.consulting@outlook.com

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Leduc

Animator: Kristy O'Hara
Phone: 780-980-7109
Email: fcss@leduc.ca

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Animator: Michelle Mielnik
Phone: 780-446-2042
Email: mgmmielnik@gmail.com

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Animator: Leanne Wurban
Phone: 780-919-2397
Email: l.wurban@hotmail.com

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Leduc County

Expressive Arts for Mental Health

Animator

Eugena Maguire

Funding

$12,596 Individual Community Grant

Leduc County's project uses both visual and comedic arts to connect residents and to encourage meaningful conversation, emotional experiences and messaging about mental…

Linden

Animator: Jorge Santana
Phone: 403-593-0667
Email: jorge@lindenalliance.com

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Animator: Barb Sijbrandi
Phone: 403-704-5088
Email: hansbarb@hotmail.com

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Lloydminister

Animator: Raylene Gunderson
Phone: 780-872-9038
Email: auntyraye@gmail.com

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Animator: Chynna Floriano
Phone: 780-875-6184
Email: cfloriano@lloydminster.ca

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Animator: Patrick Lancaster
Phone: 780-756-6184
Email: plancaster@lloydminster.ca

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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.…

Collective Outreach Program

Animator

Patrick Lancaster

Funding

$19,120 Individual Community Grant

The Collective Outreach Program will be utilizing the Lloydminster public library to host outreach agencies in a central location for community members. A community resource…

Lymburn

Animator: Carrie Hogg
Phone: 780-933-5796
Email: garoundu@gmail.com

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Magnolia

Animator: Brittany Yuzicapi-Langer
Phone: 780-812-1515
Email: communityconnectorw@partner.psd.ca

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Mallaig

Animator: Rae Michaud
Phone: 780-645-5263
Email: rae.michaudfarm@gmail.com

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Animator

Rae Michaud

Funding

$20,000

The Stand Up For Mental Health project is aiming to start discussion of mental health in their community. They will also be hosting a free comedy event that will start the…

Manning

Animator: Vanessa Ristesund
Email: vristesund@hotmail.com

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Animator: Judy Vandermark
Phone: 780836603778083
Email: jlvandemark59@gmail.com

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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…

Marwayne

Maskwacis

Animator: Luci Johnson
Phone: 780-585-2890
Email: mrs.lujo@gmail.com

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McLennan

Animator: Cheryl Isert
Phone: 780-837-1432
Email: theiserts@serbernet.com

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Milk River

Animator: Katarzyna Meijers
Phone: 403-492-2827
Email: katmeij@gmail.com

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Millet

Animator: Rita-anne Fuss
Phone: 780-441-5340
Email: rita-annef@shaw.ca

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Animator: Curtis Fuss
Email: curtisfuss@gmail.com

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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…

Millet Mental Health Legacy

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Rita-Anne Fuss

Funding

$10,000 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that Millet was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Millet’s first year grant,

Millet | Rita-Anne Fuss

2 years 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
Email: Okotoksanimator@gmail.com

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Olds

Animator: Sydney Layden
Phone: 403-586-2827
Email: sydneylayden@gmail.com

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Animator: Debbie French
Email: debbie.french5@gmail.com

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Oyen

Animator: Maryann Burns
Phone: 403-664-2255
Email: oyenfcss@telus.net

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Animator: Pamela Stark
Phone: 403-664-2255
Email: oyenfcss.pamelastark@gmail.com

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Community Coffee Time and Conversation Cafes

Animator

Maryann Burns

Funding

$2000 Microgrant

The Community Coffee Time and Conversation Cafes project is meant to provide an inclusive space for community members to connect and create social connections

Peace River

Animator: Marc Boychuk
Phone: 780-617-4124
Email: chukboy@hotmail.com

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Animator: Jody Stark
Phone: 780-618-9357
Email: Jody.stark@nphf.ca

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Animator: Robin Galloway
Phone: 780-617-4094
Email: lucky13yoga@gmail.com

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Pigeon Lake

Animator: Delena Tsang
Phone: 780-389-2436
Email: cabinorganic@gmail.com

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Piikani Nation

Ponoka

Animator: Andrea Ramage
Phone: 403-704-4667
Email: ponokaneighbourhood@gmail.com

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Animator: Robyn O'Connellbr
Phone: 403-963-1562
Email: oconnellrobyn8@gmail.com

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Neighborhood Place Community Connection Centre (The Neighborhood House)

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Andrea Ramage

Funding

$5,000 Individual Community Grant

With a 7% Indigenous population and close proximity to

The Community Wellness Cooperative Project

Animator

Andrea Ramage

Funding

$12,345 Individual Community Grant

The Community Wellness Cooperative Project will empower community members to work together and cooperate to remove barriers and make programs accessible to everyone.

Rimbey

Animator: Kathy Maconochie
Phone: 403-843-6906
Email: kmaconochie@rimbeyfcss.com

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Rocky Mountain House

Animator: Dusty Anne Evans
Phone: 403-895-0553
Email: matika_chiyoko@hotmail.com

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Animator: Angel Brunner
Phone: 403-846-6198
Email: angel@camroseopendoor.com

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Rocky P2P Network-Mindset Kickstart

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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

The Rocky P2P (Peer to Peer) Network- Mindset Kickstart is strengthening the P2P network and providing members the training they need to increase their resiliency in everything from cooking to suicide…

The Rocky Peer 2 Peer Network: Building Blocks

Animator

Dustyanne Evans

Funding

$7303.53 Individual Community Grant

The Rocky Peer 2 Peer Network is building off of their first year of establishing the network for community members to find support and resources regarding mental health.…

Rockyford

Animator: Elli Townsend
Phone: 403-431-9038
Email: ellijtownsend@outlook.com

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Rosalind

Animator: Bernadette Bendfeld
Phone: 780-678-7950
Email: bbendfeld@atb.com

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Round Hill

Animator: Kari Cameron
Phone: 780-679-7757
Email: casemanager@changing-ways.ca

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Rycroft

Animator: Petrina Beale
Phone: 780-500-7166
Email: pet_butterfly@hotmail.com

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Group Workshop Facilitator

Animator

Petrina Beale

Funding

$4,800 Micro Grant

Rycroft’s community project focuses on connecting community members with each other, as well as other community resources and groups. Rycroft will be providing in-person…

Ryley

Ryley

Animator: Samantha Giegold
Phone: 780-662-7067
Email: samanthagiegold@gmail.com

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Sangudo

Animator: Cari-Anne Nickel
Phone: 780-898-5332
Email: cnfullstoneranch@gmail.com

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Sexsmith

Animator: Amy Easterbrook
Phone: 403-563-7526
Email: amyeasterbrook79@gmail.com

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Siksika Nation

Animator: Deanne Wolf Ear
Email: deanna@abfnhc.com

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Slave Lake

Animator: Pearl Lorentzen
Phone: 780-691-6122
Email: slavelakementalhealth@gmail.com

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Animator: Gailene Kazakoff
Phone: 780-805-0324
Email: gkaz40@hotmail.com

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Animator: Joy McGregor
Phone: 780-805-1233
Email: timmytom@me.com

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Healthy Connections and Positive Activities

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

Animator

Pearl Lorentzen

Funding

$3,500 Micro-Grant

Slave Lake is working on build trusting relationships in the community. They have formed the Slave Lake and Area Mental health Network and are working with a variety of community organizations to create…

Healthy Connections and Positive Activities 2.0

Animator

Pearl Lorentzen

Funding

$4000 Microgrant

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…

Smoky Lake

Animator: Zakhelini Mhlanga
Phone: 289-931-5296
Email: zmhlanga21@gmail.com

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Animator: Ela Kozakiewiscz
Phone: 780-521-0278
Email: ela.berglund@yahoo.ca

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Animator: Rachelle Amyotte
Phone: 780-656-3674
Email: fcss@smokylake.ca

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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…

Spirit River

Animator: Julie Temple
Phone: 780-864-3500
Email: Fcss@mdspiritriver.ab.ca

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Spruce Grove

Animator: Danielle Peyton
Phone: 780-962-7618
Email: dpeyton@sprucegrove.org

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8 Domains of Mental Health Youth Wellness Kits

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Prab Gill

Funding

10,000 Individual Community Grant

The community of Spruce Grove is supporting a holistic understanding of mental health in their community, particularly as it relates to youth by providing Wellness Kits. These kits intentionally address…

St Albert

Animator: Katrina Breau
Phone: 780-686-7949
Email: katrina@healthybrain.ca

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Animator: Jennifer Becker
Phone: 780-908-1173
Email: jbecker@stalbert.ca

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Animator: Laura Charrois
Phone: 780-522-1072
Email: stalbertyspc@gmail.com

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Reach Out, Discover, Connect, and Grow

From our Animators

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 goal of St. Albert’s Reach Out, Discover, Connect, and Grow project is to utilize City infrastructure like transit stations, community message…

Starland County

Stettler

Animator: Andrea Lee
Phone: 403-742-2337
Email: rmhstettler@stettlercsc.ca

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Animator: Shelley Walker
Phone: 403-741-5258
Email: shelly.walker@stettlercsc.ca

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Community Reconnection

From our Animators

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 Stettler’s project is to reconnect our community while reducing the stigma and raising awareness regarding mental health and wellness. They are achieving this by developing accessible…

Community Enrichment Project

Animator

Andrea Lee

Funding

$19,995 Individual Community Grant

Community Enrichment project is aiming to reduce stigma, and raise awareness of mental health and wellness. They will do this by engaging with the community and hosting…

Stirling

Animator: Stacey Maynes
Phone: 403-756-3572
Email: stacey.maynes@fcss.ca

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Stony Plain

Animator: Oksana Atwood
Phone: 780-299-0221
Email: albertamentalhealth@gmail.com

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Animator: Brooklyn Bignell
Phone: 587-338-3802
Email: bbignell@stonyplain.com

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Strathmore

Animator: Melissa Masse
Phone: 403-934-9090
Email: melissa.masse@strathmore.ca

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Animator: Kiana Pollom-Smith
Phone: 403-934-9090
Email: kiana.pollom@strathmore.ca

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Strathmore Community Connections

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"The accessible, friendly, and free nature of our events are seeing significant participants turn outs, with our largest having over 500 participants", - Melissa Masse

Animator

Melissa Masse

Funding

$33,290 Individual Community Grant

Through community engagement sessions, it was recognized

Connected by Culture

Animator

Melissa Masse

Funding

$12,950 Individual Community Grant

The Connected by Culture project will involve creating a sustainable wellness action committee to celebrate the diversity in the community. As a result of this group being…

Strathmore | Melissa Masse

9 months ago Strathmore, AB, Canada

Meet Melissa Masse Melissa is a Community Animator in Strathmore, Alberta. She has called Strathmore home for the last seven years. Melissa appreciates Strathmore’s close-knit community…

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
Email: sari@mygnp.org

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Animator: Darlene Hoschka
Phone: 403-636-0999
Email: drmhoschka@hotmail.com

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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 risk 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,…

RMHP "Awareness & Communications Movement"

Impact/Outcome

Animator

Sari Werezak

Funding

$4,500 Micro grant

This was the second year that Sundre was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Sundre’s first year grant,

YEP: Youth Enrichment Project (Phase 2)

Animator

Sari Werezak

Funding

$2350

The Youth Enrichment Project will be hosting an inaugural youth summit and then will host weekly meetings for youth to talk about mental health and establish connections.

Swan Hills

Animator: Trina Molnar
Phone: 780-333-4119
Email: fcss@townofswanhills.com

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Animator: Carrie Rusoway
Phone: 780-333-4119
Email: carrier@townofswanhills.com

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Animator: Becki Fleming
Phone: 780-333-5740
Email: beckif@townofswanhills.com

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Sylvan Lake

Animator: Alissa MacDonald
Phone: 403-887-1137
Email: amcdonald@sylvanlake.ca

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Animator: Mandi Wisheu
Phone: 403-887-1137
Email: mwisheu@sylvanlake.ca

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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…

Strengthening Community Connections

Animator

Alissa McDonald

Funding

$6150 Individual Community Grant

The Strengthening Community Connections project hopes to increase participation of community members in day to day social activities by buying and proving garden boxes to…

Taber

Animator: Renee White
Email: renee.white@fcss.ca

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Thorsby

Animator: Carol Rempel
Phone: 780-777-8472
Email: carolrempel@icloud.com

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Connecting Communities Naturally

Animator

Carol Rempel & Tami Tubbs

Funding

$50,000 Multi-Community Grant

Thorsby and Warburg are two communities located southwest of Edmonton. The project, designed collaboratively between these two communities, focuses on enhancing and illuminating…

Homerun to Health

Animator

Carol Rempel

Funding

$20,000 Individual Community Grant

The Homerun to Health project will be to host a wellness asset gathering. The project plans to use the strengths and assets in the community to create connections for future…

Three Hills

Animator: Heather Pilva
Phone: 403-443-8474
Email: heatherpliva@gmail.com

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Animator: Shelley Jackson-Berry
Phone: 403-443-3800
Email: shelley@krfcss.com

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Tilley

Animator: Jane Marsh
Phone: 403-489-0094
Email: janeclaresholm@gmail.com

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Toefield

Animator: Loretta Kroeker
Phone: 780-717-8151
Email: dkroeker@telusplanet.net

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Trochu

Animator: Tanya Little
Phone: 403-896-4319
Email: tblittle96@hotmail.com

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Two Hills

Animator: Amy Boettcher
Phone: 780-603-3867
Email: thwellness2021@gmail.com

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Community Re-Connections

Valleyview

Animator: Erin Witty
Phone: 780-524-6539
Email: niredixon23@hotmail.com

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Moving Mental Health Forward

Animator

Erin Witty

Funding

$15,525 Individual Community Grant

The Moving Mental Health Forward Valleyview project aims to create more spaces for community conversations on mental health and wellbeing. Along with creating spaces for…

Vegreville

Animator: Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage
Phone: 780-632-8823
Email: Colleen.pidzarko@telus.net

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Weekend Coffee Chat

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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

Vegreville’s

Vegreville | Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage

1 year ago Vegreville, AB, Canada

Meet Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage Colleen Pidzarko-Armitage is a Community Animator in Vegreville, Alberta. When Colleen moved to Vegreville many years ago, she had anticipated the town to be…

Vermilion

Animator: Derek Collins
Phone: 780-853-8627
Email: derek.collins@lakelandcollege.ca

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Vermillion Rural Mental Health Project

Impact/Outcomes

Animator

Derek Collins

Funding

$4800 Micro Grant

Through an already strong volunteer base in Vermillion, this project provides awareness, knowledge, and skills for seniors through social connectors in their neighbourhoods. Social connectors are identified…

Vermilion | Derek Collins - Part 2

2 years ago Vermilion, AB, Canada

Meet Derek Collins - Part 2 Derek Collins is a Community Animator for Vermillion, Alberta. Beginning the Mental Health Conversation Derek…

Viking

Animator: Rachel Mayko
Phone: 780-336-4024
Email: rmayko@ualberta.ca

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Vulcan

Senior Mental Wellness Project

Animator

Tracy Inaba

Funding

$5,000 Micro Grant

Vulcan has developed a 6-part workshop series that builds capacity in the senior population through building social connections and wellbeing skills. The 6 workshops will…

Wainwright

Animator: Shannon Fife
Phone: 780-842-0961
Email: sjay.fife@hotmail.com

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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…

Building Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Connection in Wainwright and Area

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"We believe that there are always opportunities to learn if you are willing to listen. As such, we have made it a priority to “go where the people are”. Instead of setting up separate meetings, we have focused on the events that are happening within the community. People have said time and time again that they are too busy to add extra meetings, but they are more than willing to access and hear about the project when we are at places they are already going."

Animator

Shannon Fife

Funding

$40,000 Individual Community Grant

This was the second year that Wainwright was successful in receiving a community grant. To read about Wainwright’s first year grant,

Warburg

Animator: Shauna Schwindt
Phone: 780-848-2828
Email: fcss@warburg.ca

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Westerose

Animator: Megan Buskas
Phone: 780-312-6978
Email: mhopretty@gmail.com

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Whitecourt

Animator: Jeremy Watson
Phone: 780-262-0088
Email: Justice@SoaringEagleSupportSociety.ca

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Animator: Tara Baker
Phone: 780-778-1194
Email: tara@kindnesssupport.ca

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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,…

BGC Whitecourt & District Kindness Campaign

Wildwood

Animator: Wendy Robinson
Phone: 780-325-3782
Email: wrobinson@yellowheadcounty.ab.ca

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Wimborne

Animator: Lois Benedict
Phone: 403-631-2383
Email: dlfkje@gmail.com

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Woking

Animator: Denise van Rootselaar
Email: dvanroot@outlook.com

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