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Students See Positive Results With Empathy Program – Part 1 Of 2


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By Sheldon Spackman

Positive results have been released regarding a pilot project that previously ran in the Red Deer Public School District, promoting Mental Health Skills for students. The Empathy Program, a University of Alberta initiative, was implemented from 2013-2015 and was offered to more than 6,000 youth in Grades 6-12.

Officials say their findings from the project show the student’s involved experienced less depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts thanks to their involvement in the program. We spoke with Red Deer Public Schools Superintendent Stu Henry to get the details locally. Here is Part 1 of 2:

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Here’s what a classroom will look like in Red Deer next week

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This video should answer a whole ton of questions parents and students will have as the first day of school approaches next week.

From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

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Public School Trustee Bill Christie passes away

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School board trustee Bill Christie passes away

Christie took great pride serving on school board

Red Deer Public Schools’ trustee William “Bill” Christie passed away on Sunday, he was 73 years old. Christie served on the Board of Trustees since 2010. Prior to that he had served on the school boards of two British Columbia school jurisdictions for 25 years.

Bill was incredibly proud to serve his community as a school board trustee,” said Nicole Buchanan, Board Chair. “Bill was a trustee for 35 years, first becoming a trustee at age 22 in B.C. He was committed to meeting the needs of students, particularly vulnerable students. He was also a strong champion for public school education and local autonomy of school boards to best meet the needs of local communities. Beyond that his fellow trustees remember Bill as a gentle-man who was kind, had a memorable smile, supported other trustees, took great pride in both his Scottish and B.C. heritage and had a great sense of humour. It was an honour to serve with Bill.”

Bill valued being a part of the Red Deer Public School community. He enjoyed being in our schools and was very proud of the work and accomplishments of our students and staff,” said Superintendent Chad Erickson. “Bill was a strong advocate for public school education and was passionate about the potential of schools and our students. He was a devoted husband, father and very proud of his grandchildren.”

Bill was also active in the local community having served on Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Board, the United Way and Red Deer Highland Games Committee.

Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Terry, as well as a son and daughter and five grandchildren.


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