January 2018

Hello! Happy New Year, and welcome to  your January 2018 newsletter! We have exciting opportunities and adventures coming your way!

Keep sharing your adventures (big or small) with us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

If you are interested in having us present to your group or school about the Award program. Please contact our Program Officers  Graham  (Southern AB), and Diana  (Northern AB, NWT & NU).

Keep warm, be safe, and let's get keep exploring!

Award Opportunities
Music lovers, check out this amazing opportunity!

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has entered into a unique partnership with Meludia. Starting on December 6, 2017 and for a period of one year, unlimited access to the Meludia web application will be made available free of charge to every resident and visitor in Canada, a gift to the nation by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director, Rune Bergmann, who have made it their mission to encourage and nurture music literacy in Canada.

Senator Buchanan Winter Challenge Camp

Senator Buchanan Winter Challenge Camp is Chinook Council's premier cold weather and winter camping event. For youth to learn and share winter camping experiences. If you have always wanted to go winter camping with your friends and needed a little bit of help learning where to start or what to do next this is the event for you. 

Feb. 16th - 18th
For more information or to register, contact: 
Graham (gmckelvie@theaward.ca)
Mental Health First Aid - Adults Who Interact with Youth Course

The Course: 
Chinook Council is proud to host the first Scout-oriented Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course for our Scouters. This training is critical as Scouters are often Trusted Adults in the lives of youth. A youth with a Trusted Adult in their lives is far less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours and attitudes. MHFA training gives Scouters the confidence and skills to help youth in need.
Mental Health First Aid is a training course designed to give members of the public the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, decreases stigmatizing attitudes, and helps individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
Mental health problems begin sooner than you think. Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth focuses on the basics, and more specifically on mental health problems and first aid for young persons aged 9-24.
  • Recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in youth, including eating disorders and non-suicidal self-injury.
  • Provide initial help when facing a mental health problem or crisis.
  • Guide youth and/or adults who support them toward appropriate professional help.
  • Learn how to accommodate young people who are in distress or are recovering from a crisis.
The course covers 6 areas:
  1. Mental health problems and stigma
  2. Substance-related disorders
  3. Mood-related disorders - depression, suicide, self-injury, and more
  4. Anxiety and trauma-related disorders - anxiety and panic attacks, and more
  5. Eating disorders
  6. Psychotic disorders
Participants who take this course are well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with the young people in their lives, including at schools, extra-curricular activities, social services, family, friends, and communities.
The course will be led by Amanda Osborne, an experienced Mental Health First Aid and St. John's Standard First Aid instructor.

Date: January 20-21, 2018
Time: 9am-5:30pm
Location: Prairies Service Centre, 2140 Brownsea Drive, N.W., Calgary, AB
Cost: $150 (includes manuals and materials, bring your own lunch)
Minimum enrollment of 15 participants needed to run the course

Registration and Payment
Please register by emailing Amanda Osborne at amandaoz@me.com
Payment to be made on or before January 15th, by email transfer, cheque, or credit card payment through PayPal to Amanda Osborne.
Please contact Dave Walker with any questions:  dave.walker@scouts.ca
For more information about MHFA Adults who Interact with Youth, please visit  mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/en/course-info/courses/adults-who-interact-youth 
For more information about Amanda Osborne, please visit  amandaosborneconsulting.com
# MentoringMonth

"We are excited to let you know that we are participating in "#MentoringMonth" - a province-wide celebration of mentoring in conjunction with the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. We would like to take this opportunity to share some stories from our amazing Award Participants, Leaders and Champions (You)! If you would like to be featured on our Social Media during this month please send us a picture and a few words (max. 2 sentences) either thanking a mentor, telling us why you mentor or sharing what mentorship means to you. Feel free to send us a video ( max. 30 seconds) with the same message if you prefer.

We look forward to hearing all of your amazing mentorship stories!"

Learn and Develop your Adventurous Journey Skills

Are you looking to develop some of your Preliminary training skills including cooking, navigation, or gear repair?

Check out the free workshops offered by MEC in Calgary and Edmonton.

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Staff Contacts

General Inquiries -  abntnu@theaward.ca

Ashley Tedham - atedham@theaward.ca
Executive Director

Elizabeth Gordon - egordon@theaward.ca
Program Coordinator

Diana Cretu - dcretu@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Edmonton & Northern Alberta, NWT, NU)

Graham McKelvie - gmckelvie@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Calgary & Southern Alberta)

Youth Resiliency Project

Robyn Webster - rwebster@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Edmonton & Northern Alberta, NWT, NU) 

Chantel Bender -  cbender@theaward.ca
Program Officer (Calgary & Southern Alberta)

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