2018 Recipients

Family and Community Support Services Funding

Teen Leadership Development

Camp Chestermere Teen Leadership Development - $4,005.74

Teen Leadership Development is open to all Chestermere teenage residents as well as those outside of Chestermere. The program aims to help students develop into effective leaders not only at the camp but in their schools, sports teams and other activities they are involved in. Through sessions, activities, team-building games, applicable resources and more, Camp Chestermere encourages participants to explore their skills and abilities, learn how they best lead and work in a team, learn what healthy life choices look like, and learnt to value the importance of charity and volunteer work in their communities.

Awakening Passions

Prairie Waters Elementary School Awakening Passions - $16,146.92

Awakening Passions is a yearlong project for Grade 2 & 3 students that allows them the opportunity to develop and hone their interests while learning how to be self-directed, confident and collaborative learners. Each week students are exposed to new opportunities that allow them to explore and reflect on their passions. Students then select a potential passion to pursue and work on developing this through the remainder of the year before sharing their passion at a Celebration of Learning. 

Youth Connections

Rocky View Immigrant Services Youth Connections - $40,880.42

Youth Connections aims to enhance settlement and integration of immigrant, refugee and new Canadian youth by focusing on key aspects of the integration process which include social and emotional wellbeing, education and community engagement. Information and referrals to community and government services, in-school support, cultural interpretation and quality programming will all be available. The project is based on a combination of the existing Youth Connections program and the NOW programs to focus on grades 8 – 12.

Ignite and Inspire

Synergy Ignite & Inspire - $125,966.92

Ignite & Inspire offers an important social experience for those who are looking for a place to belong. Youth welcome new members and guests at all times, no matter what! Diversity and individuality is strongly encouraged. Youth are supported by adult mentors and a network of community leaders. YELL members, their younger brethren, SHOUT and Synergy Youth Interns are regularly credited with inspiring individual adults and groups to become involved in community capacity building.

United Way/Chestermere Partnership Funding

Accredited Supports to the Community Association Healthy Families - $8,000.00

Healthy Families is a home visitation program for families with children 0 – 6 years. They provide in-home support, information and referrals in the areas of child development, parenting, family support and community resources. They follow guidelines established for home visitation by the Alberta Children’s Ministry and are members of the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association (AHVNA).

United Way Funded Programs

Camp Chestermere Support for Campers with Special Needs - $19,219.20

Support for Campers with Special Needs offers 1:1 program care for children with a wide variety of needs including ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Mental Health Concerns, Development Delays and more. Campers are assigned a leader for their week at camp who contact the families before arrival to work with them on designing programming for their child. These leaders would also provide training for all camp staff to ensure everyone is involved in helping all campers succeed.

Camp Chestermere Volunteer Program Coordinator - $8,525.60

The Volunteer Program Coordinator interviews potential people who have been recommended through the Gateway program run by the Calgary Police Service. This coordinator provides more one on one assistance to the participants and supervises them while onsite at the camp. The position has been expanded for 2018 to be able to welcome more participants who may have been recommended by their parents, other local agencies and the local RCMP detachment. The coordinator will also manage requests from volunteers in the community who wish to fulfil roles at the camp in the work crews, kitchen, water sports and more.

Public Outreach

Canadian National Institute for the Blind AB/NWT Division Public Education & Community Outreach - $4,000.00

Public Education & Community Outreach is completed through two models of service delivery: community based where sessions are open to all in attendance and targeted sessions where a request has come directly from a specific group. All sessions will be offered within community based facilities already frequented by the community and particularly the senior population.

Be Safe

Canadian Red Cross Society Be Safe! - $5,000.00

Be Safe! is a personal safety program designed for children aged 5 – 9 years focusing on child sexual abuse prevention and delivered by educators and early childhood practitioners within the classroom setting. Red Cross staff will deliver 1-day training to teachers, early education practitioners and daycare personnel, who will receive the kit & be provided the skills and ability to deliver the program to child audiences. 

Dollars with Sense

Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta Dollars with Sense - $3,500.00

Dollars with Sense is a financial literacy program for grade 7 classes. It is 4 hours of class time and is taught by trained community volunteers. Students learn about budgeting, saving, global currencies and safe online shopping. It provides an opportunity for students to learn from finance and business leaders in the community. Students learn how to evaluate their financial decisions, preparing them to make smart lifelong economic choices.