MindFuel – Science Alberta Foundation Scholarships Available – EXTENDED DEADLINE JUNE 15TH

Please share with your school guidance counselor, science-lead and students.

 We are contacting you today from MindFuel – Science Alberta Foundation, to let you know about our scholarship opportunities. MindFuel is a non-profit dedicated to igniting curiosity and a passion for science in youth. Scholarships are available in the names of James (Jim) Gray ($5,000), Anne Tingle ($2,500), and Dr. Arlene Ponting ($2,500) for students who have graduated from an Alberta high school and who are entering first year in an undergraduate applied science or science education program at an Alberta based post-secondary institution for fall 2016.

Please find the following information about the scholarships for your review. We are hoping that you can help us get out the word about the awards through newsletters and websites so that we can continue to provide opportunities like this to high school students.  For more information, you can visit www.MindFuel.ca or https://www.mindfuel.ca/scholarships.

MindFuel Scholarships

MindFuel™, formerly Science Alberta Foundation, was founded in 1990. MindFuel is non-profit organization committed to increasing science literacy and awareness, helping to create tomorrow’s knowledge workers, and instilling an appreciation for science in a new generation of Albertans. In honour of the exemplary people who have helped MindFuel grow into the world-class organization it is today, scholarships in the names of James (Jim) Gray, Anne Tingle, and Dr. Arlene Ponting have been created. Each individual embodies MindFuel’s core values of igniting curiosity, critical thinking and imagination in youth, and these scholarships will aid Alberta’s next generation of students to pursue science at post-secondary institutions.

James (Jim) Gray Scholarship

The James (Jim) Gray Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual who is passionate about innovation in areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and who is accepted into STEM related study at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution. Applicant must be an Alberta High School graduate.

Value: $5,000

Deadline: June 15, 2016

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply please visit the website: https://www.mindfuel.ca/scholarships.

Anne Tingle Scholarship

The Anne Tingle Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual who is passionate about science and who is accepted into an undergraduate degree program in either science or science education at an Alberta-based Post-secondary institution. Applicant must be an Alberta High School graduate.

Value: $2,500

Deadline: June 15, 2016

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply please visit the website: https://www.mindfuel.ca/scholarships.

Dr. Arlene Ponting Scholarship

The Dr. Arlene Ponting Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual passionate about science and technology and who is accepted into an undergraduate degree program in either science or technology at an Alberta-based post-secondary institution. Applicant must be an Alberta High School graduate.

Value: $2,500

Deadline: June 15, 2016

For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply please visit the website: https://www.mindfuel.ca/scholarships.



Greenest Workforce Job Match Tool

Dear Sir/Madam,

I’m writing to inform you of the launch of the Greenest Workforce Job Match Tool, which will make it easier for people to find rewarding employment in Canada’s forest products industry. This tool is ready to use now, and we would like to ensure that organizations representing or serving people with any of the highly varied skills needed within our sector are aware of it.

The Job Match Tool was developed with funding from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program and is free of charge to users. Job seekers can browse available jobs, create a Talent Bank profile that employers can browse, and be automatically matched with openings.

You may also have an interest in sophisticated Labour Market Information capabilities that the tool provides. You can generate industry-specific trends and forecasts, and data on current openings, for specific jobs at specific locations.

To ensure that job seekers across the country get the maximum benefit from this important new tool, I have two requests to make of you:

  • Please email fmcdonald@fpac.ca to confirm the attendance of a representative of your organization on an upcoming webinar at which we will fully overview the tool’s many features. We have scheduled webinars for career advisors and related professionals on May 27th (in French) and May 30th (in English) at 1:30-3:00 EST on each date.
  • Please consider opportunities to distribute and make use of the attached promotional materials at any of your service delivery locations, and advise us of the numbers of these materials you could make use of. These materials will be available following a public announcement in approximately mid-June.

This new tool builds upon the Forest Products Association of Canada’s long-standing Greenest Workforce career awareness campaign. With a presence across the country, and globally recognized environmental leadership, our industry is transforming for the future and is mid-way through a decade-long 60,000-person hiring drive.

We look forward to what we hope will be your staff’s active use of and referrals to the Greenest Workforce Job Match Tool beginning right away. Specific questions you may have can be directed to the project manager, Bob Larocque (rlarocque@fpac.ca). The Greenest Workforce Job Match LinkedIn Group is also an excellent means way to stay informed on this new initiative.

Derek Nighbor

Chief Executive Officer, Forest Products Association of Canada

If you have any questions or comments, or would not like to receive further communications, please reply to:

Fiona McDonald
Communications Coordinator|Coordonnatrice des communications
Forest Products Association of Canada|Association des produits forestiers du Canada
e: fmcdonald@fpac.ca
t: (613) 563-1441 x318
410 – 99 Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9

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Short Webinar to Support Fort McMurray Community Based Trauma Response

Hi All,

While our hearts continue to go out to all of the displaced residence from the tragedy in Fort McMurray, we know that some of these kids and families are arriving, and will continue to arrive, in our Calgary area.  In hopes of helping to support you as you welcome these families into your school communities, I wanted to share with you information that I have just received about a short webinar (17 minutes) produced by Dr. Jacqui Linder specific to the Fort McMurray situation.  Dr. Linder is a registered psychologist, clinical traumatologist, and CEO of the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Institute in Edmonton.  This great webinar is focused on a community based trauma response to Fort McMurray.  Dr. Jacqui Linder’s  short program is targeted for those on the front lines dealing with psychological issues.  Please use and share with your staff as you feel is appropriate.  If CRC can be of any other help at this time, please let us know.  ThanksJ

Link to the webinar:


Cathy McCauley

Executive Director

Calgary Regional Consortium

124 – 24th Ave. NE

Calgary, AB  T2E 1W6

403-291-0967 ext. 225


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Sheldon Kennedy Youth Champions Event: May 19th


The Sheldon Kennedy Youth Champion Initiative fosters leadership among high school students to create a culture of understanding, support and resiliency in their school-community. Leadership skills, empathy, and enthusiasm are cultivated as the Champions expand their own learning and implement student-led actions to inspire change in their own school communities.

  • Over 50 youth in 8 school jurisdictions in Calgary and surrounding area are taking the lead to promote healthy relationships, safe environments and awareness of the impacts of trauma. This evidence-informed model supports a whole school approach to creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments.
  • Students engage peers, teachers and/or parents through creative strategies such as public service announcements, leading activities during Mental Health Awareness Week and engaging peers and /or adults large and small group conversations and information sessions.
  • Participation in the Youth Champion has motivated graduating students to continue promoting awareness and understanding as young adults in their community and/or post-secondary institution.

Please join us on the morning of May 19 and be inspired by the students’ work! We’d be happy to talk with you further about this initiative and /or other ways we can support your school-community.

Please click HERE to confirm your attendance, or contact jcampbell@sheldonkennedycac.ca for any further questions.

Note: Registration closes on Friday, May 13th

Wildfire Resources from HMHC

FYI and please distribute

Healthy Minds Healthy Children Outreach Services and Community Education Service have gathered a collection of mental health resources to support families, educators and professionals respond and recover from the wildfire disaster. 

HMHC and CES Online Wildfire Resources: http://www.hmhc.ca/fire.html

·         Wildfire Mental Health Resources for Professionals

·         Wildfire Mental Health Resources for Educators

·         Wildfire Mental Health Resources for Families

Note:  This information will be updated over time.  Please refresh your browser to ensure you access the most recent version logo

Information related to Fort McMurray from MORE


Hello dear MORE registrant,

In light of the wildfire situation in Fort McMurray, please find below some links for mental health resources for parents, teachers and professionals to prepare, respond and recover from disasters.

The same information is in the attached .pdf as well as in the body of this email, to make it easy to share with anyone in your circle who may benefit from this information.  Thank you to Deb Walchuk from Healthy Minds Healthy Children for compiling this list for educators.



AHS Website Wildfire Resources – Mental Health Resources


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)


NCTSN Learning Centre


Free online training for professionals.  (Continuing Education Credits available)

Katherine Jarrell  MSW, RSW

MORE Education Consultant


Just in Time: Diversity, Equity and Human Rights ATA Newsletter


Attached is a pdf version of Just in Time, the newsletter of the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights (DEHR) Committee of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. The DEHR Committee promotes diversity, equity and human rights in schools through such programs as the DEHR grants to fund school-based diversity, equity and human rights initiatives, the annual DEHR award recognizes projects, programs, events or activities organized by a local association to promote diversity, equity and human rights, and by holding professional development workshops and publishing materials on a wide variety of human rights themes.

Just in Time is intended to complement and promote the committee’s mandate and to reach out to various like-minded groups and individuals who share the goals of a school system, province and country where all people are valued and diversity is seen as an asset not a detriment.

Please take a few moments to read our newsletter and feel free to distribute it. Please contact us if you have any questions about the DEHR committee’s work, or if you wish to share news, submit an article to Just in Time or post notice of an event.

If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, please contact barb.bossert@ata.ab.ca  to be removed from the distribution list.

Just a reminder that the deadline to apply for a Diversity, Equity and Human Rights grant is April 30. Details about the grant program are available here:http://www.teachers.ab.ca/For%20Members/Programs%20and%20Services/Grants%20Awards%20and%20Scholarships/Pages/Grants%20Supporting%20Diversity%20Equity%20and%20Human%20Rights.aspx
Gaylene R Schreiber, EdD
Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development
11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton AB  T5N 2R1


Reminder: PD Calgary Regional Guidance: Juno House May 5th

Reminder: PD Calgary Regional Guidance

When: Thursday May 5th 5-7 pm
Where: theater- Bishop Carroll High School, 4624 Richard Rd SW, Calgary
Who: members of the ATA Guidance Council- Calgary area, including counsellors from CSSD, CBE and Rockyview School Districts.
What: – Juno House is a centre of excellence for adolescent girls and young women who are experiencing anxiety based mental health challenges such as self- harm, OCD, depression and ED. This presentation will provide counsellors with an overview of  Juno House services in the Calgary area, as well as a opportunity to decide if a Juno house Parent or Teacher Educational workshop is appropriate for you school.

Please RSVP to erin.luong@cssd.ab.ca by May 2.

Erin Luong
Professional School Counsellor
Bishop Carroll High School
403 500-2056 ext. 350

Ask your tech-savvy students to help us design a new logo for a prize!

LOGO CONTEST – $250 prize

Contest closes May 15, 2016

The ATA Council of School Counsellors (CSC) is looking for a new logo. Student submissions are needed from K-12 learners throughout Alberta. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the best electronic submission selected by a panel of school counsellors.

The CSC is looking for a distinct, colourful and professional brand which represents our commitment to our students and communities. The winning artist will surrender all rights to their design submission to the Council of School Counsellors. Other submissions may be celebrated on the council website.

Electronic submissions should be emailed to president@guidancecouncil.ca by May 15, 2016.