September 2014

Last Thursday evening at PJ O’Brien’s Pub, hockey experts young and old gathered to take part in prestigious competition of hockey wit and strategy.

The 2nd Annual Safe Schools Hockey Pool hosted by Brian Burke was a fantastic evening! We ate, we drank, and we drafted highly skilled and competitive all-star hockey teams, with no shortage of critical analysis from our MC Nick Kypreos. We saw some good picks and some questionable ones, and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out! The fantasy season begins with the regular 2014/2015 NHL season next week, and we wish all of our teams good luck!

More important than winning the pool, of course, is the contribution you made in attending this event. With the proceeds from this fundraiser, CSSN is able to support educators and students across the country to create safe schools, free of adversity, where all children can feel comfortable and willing to learn.

So thank you!

We also want to thank our sponsors Scotiabank, Barrick Gold, and DH for making the evening happen. We were thrilled to have you not only contribute to the cause, of join us for the evening!

We had a blast, and can’t wait to see you all next year for a bigger and better Safe Schools Hockey Pool!

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Emma Watson took the to podium at the Untied Nations Headquarters in New York as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to call upon both men and women to do something in the name of gender equality.

She deliver an incredible speech, that is quickly gaining attention across the internet. And for good reason. Her impressive speech introduced the HeForShe campaign, “a solidarity movement for gender equality.”

She goes on to explain that the word “feminism” is often viewed as negative and associated with “anti-men”, and although we might not be united by the term, we are untied by the movement and the significance behind it. Most importantly, we cannot make change with only half the population. Both men and women must work to advocate for women’s rights.

We encourage you to check out the campaign.

Watch her entire speech HERE.

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This past Tuesday, CSSN had the opportunity to attend our very first Community Police Liaison Committee of Division 14. We are excited to be part of this community and new members of the committee!

We met many members of different organizations, including local BIAs, Residents Associations, and charities. By becoming more involved in our community we believe we can help our neighbours overcome issues pertaining to safe schools and community safety in general. The meeting provided us with knowledge about crime rates in the area as well as current police operations in place to better serve our us, including a bike safety campaign.

CSSN offered our unwavering support in local initiatives with the goal encouraging safety. We invite those member in our community to get in touch with any questions about schools in the neighbourhood, and to utilize ‘When Nobody’s listening’ tool to ask us questions of a sensitive matter.

We are also excited to be involved with the 14 Division CPLC Scholarship program! This sub-committee holds fundraisers, raising money for deserving students in the neighbourhood to use towards post-secondary education. The students can either attend school or be residents of Division 14 to qualify to apply. As part of our future goals we hope to spread the word about the scholarship to eligible students, and help with fundraising the scholarship amount.

Stay in touch as we keep you posted on great new police initiatives involving safe schools and communities!

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We are very excited to formally announce our series of educational and professional development conferences for this school year.
We have spent our summer months thoroughly researching relevant topics in Canadian education, and planning and creating detailed workshops and interactive seminars. With students and educators back in schools, it’s time to innovate and learn. We are ready to share with you details and registration information for these fantastic conferences!

Each conference, in collaboration with provincial organizations, overviews the practices and policies relevant in their respective provinces and as well as across the country. The goal of these conferences is to share with educators new ideas and information about successful practices, initiatives and programs, as well as new policies that are making a difference in education.  We have selected an array of expert keynote speakers and workshop presenters to address relevant and interesting topics. Through interactive presentations and discussions, we strive to creative collaborative and cooperative spaces with each conference.


The Alberta Safe and Caring Schools Forum: Policy to Practice-Creating Safe Spaces

Alberta Teacher’s Association
Barnett House

11010 142 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
T5N 2R1

Join us for a full day of interactive presentations and workshops that highlight the new and exciting direction of safe and caring education in Alberta. Expert speakers will discuss the most up to date information regarding safe schools policy and legislation, community collaboration and evidence based practices. Work together throughout the day with your partners and colleagues to find out how you can apply this current and relevant information to your own schools and classrooms.


Manitoba Safe & Caring Schools Conference: Students at the Centre

Victoria Inn and Conference Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue
Winnipeg, MB
R3H 0G3
As educators, it is our responsibility to ensure that all students are provided with respectful, caring, inclusive and ultimately safe learning environments. Safe schools are fundamental to students’ emotional well-being and academic success.

This year’s conference will include panel discussions and interactive workshops on practical strategies, and evidence based approaches to help educators in metro, rural and northern divisions promote safe schools. Educators throughout the province will have the opportunity to showcase model and promising programs that are being implemented in their schools.

The 18th Annual Safe Schools Conference

Allstream Centre
105 Princes’ Boulevard
Toronto, ON 
M6K 3C3
A full day educational event featuring an array of workshops on strategies and resources to help educators build and encourage safe school practices.

This year we are thrilled to feature a key note address by Mary Gordon! Mary is an internationally recognized and award winning educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert in addition to being the founder and creator of Roots of Empathy.


Saskatchewan Safe & Caring Schools Conference: Focus on RELATIONSHIP-Cornerstone to Academic Success

Delta Regina
1919 Saskatchewan Drive

Regina, SK
S4P 4H2
There is more to student success than good grades. Although academic achievement is a large and very important part of every student’s school experience, as adults, we tend to make it the only focus. Safe and caring school communities begin with healthy relationships among students, staff, parents and the wider community. Every classroom and school should be a place where positive relationships are encouraged and supported. Student relationships and their relationships at home and at school are the foundation of self-confidence, resiliency, and true success at school.

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth 15 to 25 years of age (roughly 10.8 deaths per 100,000 in 2011). As many as 8 per cent of young people attempt suicide each year and roughly 15 per cent admit to thinking about suicide. These statistics are the scary truth.

As students settle back into the classroom this month, a child’s mental health can be drastically effective by these changes. There can be many fears and anxieties that go along with being back at school. Unfortunately bullying and cyber-bullying is still a major issue in Canadian schools, and feelings of isolation and loneliness are major causes of suicidal thoughts.  It is in addressing mental health topics among young people and fostering communities that are conducive to open discussion, we can start to make a difference and help students speak up. Parents and teachers should keep their eyes peeled for any signs of a change in behaviour since being back at school. Student’s might be separated from old friends, struggling with new school subjects, or going through the challenges of growing up. All of these issues may cause anxiety, distress and other mental health concerns for young people.

None of us are alone, however! There is always someone to talk to. As adults, be that person! Tell your students, you children, your children’s friends, that they can talk to you about anything. Ask questions. Teach your children what to look for in their friends. There are many signs in online behaviour that a young person might be in distress. Of course, youth mental health is not something you have to take on yourself. There are many organizations, (including us!) who are here to help. “When Nobody’s Listening” is our way of listening and offering help. Send us an email or give us a call with any questions about mental health, suicide prevention, or school life in general, whether you are a parent, teacher or student!

Today’s Globe and Mail contain an article address youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Our supporter Kids Help Phone offers information on suicide prevention and youth mental health.

Check out our website for specific information on bullying, anxiety and loneliness related to school, and how to create school spaces that are safe and foster positive mental health.

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Last week we spent a gorgeous August day at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club for our 2nd annual Playing FORE Change tournament hosted by Dave Rogers and his team at AMP Solar Group. The event was a great success! The day was filled with a great round of golf, visits from Argos players and cheerleaders, delicious food, an impressive auction, and touching speeches. Ultimately, the event once again helped raised money for the Canadian Safe School Network, so that we may continue to help children overcome bullying at school. We can’t thank AMP Solar group enough for their help.

Here are some pictures of the 2nd Annual Playing FORE Change Tournament!

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