PAWS

PAWS is an Alberta-wide Mental Health Capacity Building project. It stands for ‘Promoting Activity, Wellness, and Success’.

See Also:

P.A.W.S. Activities
P.A.W.S. In-School Programs

Current Events & Programs

Festival of Trees

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, in the school’s large gym.

  • Doors Open 5:00 pm
  • Dinner 6:00 pm: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, Buns, Cranberry Sauce, Salad, and Dessert
  • Family Dance 7:00 – 9:00

Family photos will be available courtesy of PS Photography

Tickets

  • $5.00 per person provided a donation to the Food Bank/Santa’s Elves is made for each ticket at the time of purchase.
  • Tickets purchased without a donation, $10.00 per person.
  • Tickets can be purchased in person at the P.A.W.S. Office in the School or by calling 780-333-4471 ext. 6050.

Proceeds from this event will be shared between the P.A.W.S. Society and the Swan Hills Slo-Pitch Association to be put towards recreational opportunities for the community. For further information, please contact Vanessa Lewis or Kara King in the P.A.W.S. Office.

(Festival of Trees Flyer 2017)

Lunch & Learn

coffee & cakeOn the 3rd Thursday of each month, P.A.W.S. partners with F.C.S.S. to provide a mental health learning opportunity for parents and community members.  Come to the F.C.S.S. offices and enjoy a presentation from 10:00-11:30 then stay and have lunch.  Topics for this year include stress, seasonal affective disorder, self-harm, anxiety, trauma, internet safety, conflict resolution and building resiliency in children.

 

 

 

Find out more about PAWS activities below.

What is P.A.W.S?
  • PAWS is one of 38 Mental Health Capacity Building projects in Alberta.  We are one of about 120 schools that have such a project.  Others projects that are close are in Whitecourt, Fox Creek and High Prairie.  We are the only school in our division with a MHCB project.
  • The purpose of the MHCB projects are to provide mental health promotion and prevention programs in the school setting to children, youth and their families.  Although we are located in the school, we are not a school project.  We serve the community.
  • Each project is different and in Swan Hills our team consists of a Coordinator, Child and Youth Mentor, Wellness Mentor and Therapist.
  • We provide a number of programs to classes and small groups as well as individual support to students.
  • We also engage our community partners to help us with programming and to create sustainability for the projects both in terms of money and time.
  • PAWS has also created a society to help with community projects like the skatepark and splash park that enhance wellbeing in our community.
Fall 2017 Family Programs
  • September 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Family Fall Painting Night
  • October 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Family Pumpkin Carving
  • November 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Family Puzzle Making
  • December 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Family Christmas Craft Making

 

Community Programming

Lunch’n’Learn

On the 3rd Thursday of each month, P.A.W.S. partners with F.C.S.S. to provide a mental health learning opportunity for parents and community members.  Come to the F.C.S.S. offices and enjoy a presentation from 10:00-11:30 then stay and have lunch.  Topics for this year include stress, seasonal affective disorder, self-harm, anxiety, trauma, internet safety, conflict resolution and building resiliency in children.

Our Community and its Drug and Alcohol Culture

Join us for a free dinner and safe discussion around our community and its drug and alcohol culture with a guest panel of professionals and a keynote presentation from Vanisha Breault. Vanisha is a speaker, coach, and social advocate, inspiring people to live courageously and providing the essential tools for resilient living.

Date: October 11, 2017; Location Keyano Centre.
Doors open at 5:00 pm; supper at 5:30 pm.
Panel Discussion at 6:30 pm and keynote to follow.

For more information please contact Vanessa Lewis at 780-333-4471 or Trina Molnar at 780-333-4119. This program is brought to you in partnership by P.A.W.S, the Community Health Board, AHS – Addictions and Mental Health, and Swan Hills FCSS.

Mental Health First Aid

We are pleased to offer this course to the community on September 29th and 30th.  Participants will learn how different mental health disorders present themselves as well as how to support a person experiencing a mental health-related crisis.  For more information, please contact the P.A.W.S. Office.

Terry Fox Run

Swan Hills School couldn’t have asked for a nicer autumn day for the Terry Fox run on September 28. At 10:45, Community Peace Officer and Swan Hills Fire Department Captain Clint Baker climbed to the roof to take a photo of the participating students. Then each class, depending on grade, ran or walked from one to four kilometres, with at least one intrepid student running five. Local R.C.M.P. officers patrolled the streets with the students during their run to ensure their safety.

Organized by Crystal Erickson, P.A.W.S. Wellness Mentor, the run raised $870 for cancer research, as follows: Grade 1 – $270, Grade 2 – $111, Grade 3 – $70, Grade 4 $240, Grade 5-6 – $35, and $144 was donated from the chili lunch special. Thank you parents, for helping us help others!

A.S.I.S.T. (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

In partnership with Pembina Pipelines Corporation and the Center for Suicide Prevention, P.A.W.S. is offering this renowned course to school staff, emergency services personnel and community members on October 20th and 21st.  Participants will learn the pathways for assisting life and how to develop a safety framework.  For more information, please contact the P.A.W.S. Office.

Additional P.A.W.S. Services
  • PAWS provides resources to school staff or parents in any area of Wellness such as substance abuse, anxiety,  FASD, conflict management, social skills, anger management, parenting support, etc
  • PAWS can do one time class presentations on a variety of topics including cliques, positive peer communication, sharing, internet safety, etc
  • PAWS partners with other agencies to do classroom presentations or provide information and resources about nutrition, sexual health, and a variety of mental health issues.
  • PAWS can  refer students/ parents to community agencies such as Alberta Health Services, Addiction and Mental Health.
P.A.W.S Staff

Project Coordinator – Vanessa Lewis

Child and Youth Mentor – Kara King

Wellness Mentor – Crystal Erickson

The Referral Process

Referrals can be given by anyone (parent, friend, teacher, even the individual needing support). They can be made over the phone, via email or in person at the P.A.W.S. office, however, consent forms must be signed in person.

A referral to the P.A.W.S. Project consists of 2 forms:

  • Referral –  gives staff details about why the person needs support, some background information and areas of need.
  • Parental Consent – to be signed by the parent/guardian if the individual needing support is under the age of 18.