HFCRD Awarded $40,000 Wellness Grant to Continue Fostering Communities of Care Initiative

  Posted: March 8, 2016

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce it has received a $40,000 wellness grant from the Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund.  These funds will be used to further support and implement the Jurisdictional Level Wellness Initiative.  This initiative focuses on building healthy lifestyles, healthy identity and relationships, and positive mental health in a school environment, while promoting a sense of belonging and connectedness within Safe School Communities.  This funding was preceded by a $10,000 School District Readiness Grant in 2013 and a $50,000 Wellness Implementation Grant in June 2014.

“We are very grateful to receive funding for this important program in our schools,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin.  “We look forward to further building capacity within our schools to continue making sustainable change for staff and students in our division.”

The three goals identified for Fostering Communities of Care are:

Goal 1: Building Catholic Citizens
“I am loved, I belong and I matter.”
To foster acceptance and support inclusion within a Catholic Community.

Goal 2: Building Healthy Relationships
“I can make choices that affect my life.”
To support students in making well-informed decisions that build healthy relationships with peers and adults.

Goal 3: Building Ethical Action
“I have something to offer others.”
To build capacity in students to make informed decisions that contribute to the larger community.

With the newly approved funding, HFCRD plans to follow the guidance of the Comprehensive School Health Approach, created by Alberta Health Services, by training staff to permeate wellness into the culture of every HFCRD school.  A lead teacher from each school will create opportunities for staff and students to enhance their mental wellness throughout the school year.  These school-based leaders will be led by Faith Permeation Coordinator John Meagher.