Spruce Grove GSA, What’s Happening!
The Spruce Grove GSA Society respectfully acknowledges that we are situated in Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis people.
Our regular GSA meeting place has temporarily moved due to the outbreak of Covid 19.
We are currently meeting outside in the parks and green spaces of Spruce Grove.
Please make sure you dress for all weather conditions! It is beginning to get colder in the evenings!!!
We are maintaining all levels of health and safety standards, and ensure we physically distance, hand sanitize and follow mask wearing guidelines.
Even when outside, mask use and physical distancing is required to take part in our Spruce Grove GSA meetings.
TEMPORARY TIME CHANGE!!!
We voted last GSA to keep discussing outside meetings, as long as our weather holds. The one thing we FORGOT to talk about is that it gets DARK OUTSIDE in the fall and winter months!!!
Please meet OUTSIDE on FRIDAY September 11th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for GSA at St. Andrew’s United Church.
Consent, physical distance, personal space. AND. Did YOU ask for consent?
We’ve spoken often how important our own personal space and keeping physically distant is. Consent is important. It is also important to be able to tell a person no.
If someone tells you “no” it isn’t that persons job to make you feel better and justify their decision.
No mean’s no and consent isn’t always sexual.
Join our special guests, who have dealt with consent and personal space dilemmas, as we hash out the problems of personal space, keeping physically distant during Covid, and how to say no!
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th
Be a Beacon for Hope on September 7-13th and light up your window for Suicide Prevention Week.
*if you know of someone who needs assistance, there are phone numbers and counselling connections listed below in the sections Taking Care of you and Important Phone Numbers.
REMINDER of COVID-19 Protocols for Spruce Grove GSA Society
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, these protocols have been put in place to help ensure the health and safety of the following:
Screening for Symptoms:
• Possible symptoms: Fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, painful swallowing, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste, loss of smell, muscle or joint aches, headache, conjunctivitis (eyes appear pink or reddish pink).
Spruce Grove GSA youth are being provided with reusable, reversible 100% cotton cloth masks.
Individuals unable to wear a face covering due to a mental, physical, or health concern are among those who will not be requested to wear a mask.
Contact information for staff and volunteers
If these protective measures are not recognized or followed, the organizers of Spruce Grove GSA Society will take the appropriate action and temporarily remove the individual in question until the protective measures are agreed to and followed accordingly. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to ensure that the Spruce Grove GSA continues to be a safe and welcoming place for youth.
Events & Activities!
2020 Alberta GSA Conference - November 11th – 15th
Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS)
is hard at work planning the 2020 AB GSA Conference. This year the conference will be going online, delivering workshops and community networking events to GSA/QSA students and teachers across the province of Alberta.
If you would like to sign up for conference updates email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "mail list signup."
If you would like to present a workshop, WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 13TH
Community helper’s program
Tuesdays - Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3,10
Wednesdays - Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 27, Nov. 4, 18
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: ZOOM link to be provided to registrants, 10 students max.
Advertised by Stony Plain FCSS, in partnership with regional partners and is open to all Tri-Region youth.
Registration for this and other Youth Programming organized by Stony Plain FCSS will be open August 25.
Do you have a passion for mental health or often support others with their mental health?
Students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Every community, school or group has people whom others naturally turn to for help. The Community Helpers program provides support, training and resources to such helpers. Join us for this 8 week program put on by Alberta Mental Health and The Open Door.
Anticipated outcomes for helpers: equip youth to look after their own wellbeing, feel supported in their role as helpers, be skilled to help people solve their own problems, know the mental health and related resources in their community, have the ability and confidence to connect friends and acquaintances to community resources.
What the program hopes to accomplish: enhanced mental health, improved intervention and treatment for those at risk, increased help seeking behaviour, reduced stigma attached to mental health
Spruce Grove FCSS & Stony Plain Youth Centre
Find them online where they have created a virtual space where youth are invited to engage in activities and have fun. Connect with them for activities, prizes and fun!
Spruce Grove FCSS Youth
Stony Plain Youth Centre
Taking Care of You
We received a donation of custom made reusable 100% cotton cloth Rainbow masks!
These are made locally here in Spruce Grove by My Favourite Blankie!
These cloth masks are available for our GSA kids if they would like one. They are reversible, so one side is Rainbow, and the other side is plain dark blue. The kids can choose which side they would like to wear.
*Please wash the masks in cold water and hang to dry
We are still searching for more Rainbow material so we can have more masks made to actually sell to folks!
Quite often we receive requests for counselling.
Please get in touch with these organizations to check their availability.
If you are looking for more information, please connect with us through email or private message our accounts through social media.
In response to COVID-19, Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services is pleased to introduce Parkland Connect, a free single session counselling service for residents living in the Tri-Municipal Region.
From July 7– Oct. 28, single session counselling services will be offered on Tuesdays from 12–8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12–3 p.m. Each appointment will be 50 minutes in length and facilitated by Aspire Psychological Services through secure video conferencing or phone call. Appointments can only be booked up to one week in advance. Starting Sunday, July 5, bookings for each upcoming week will open on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Topics that will be explored include coping during COVID-19 and goal setting. Counsellors will propose an action plan that builds on the participant’s strengths, ideas and abilities, and provide additional resources as required.
For more information please visit our website.
CHEW Project - counselling
CHEW provides frontline support, resources, and education for LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults (ages 14-29) facing barriers. These barriers may include mental health, violence, poverty, homelessness, substance use, sexual health, sexual exploitation/sex work, and others. We provide a safe place for youth to get basic needs, get off the street, and find hope.
We offer inclusive and confidential STI testing, counselling and crisis intervention, Indigenous peer support, a safe place where youth can access harm reduction and basic needs supplies, and so much more! Come check us out at our downtown office, the OUTpost, or on campus at the University of Alberta.
Community Connector positions support youth and their families to access community and mental health supports by working collaboratively with a coalition of community stakeholders, social service agencies, and health care providers.
Community Connectors assist in the implementation of the mission and vision of the coalition; to ensure that youth and young adults aged 11-25 have improved and coordinated access to mental health, primary care, and social services within the communities of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, local indigenous communities, and the greater Parkland County.
Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services
Family Resilience Project
Through a partnership with the LGBTQ Wellness Centre, the Family Resilience Project offers free short-term counselling to sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families.
The LGBTQ+ Wellness Centre
9117 82 Avenue NW
The Centre aims to provide quality and timely care to the transgender, non-binary and gender diverse persons in northern Alberta. The Centre focuses on crisis support, outreach to individuals seeking healthcare, education opportunities for family doctors and other healthcare providers, as well as engagement with grassroots organization and other professionals who are interested in or are currently providing care.
Meet the Tri-Region Bunch!
Find out more about the youth workers in the Parkland Area, and what they’re up to this summer! Connect to all of our websites and social media pages through this one handy site!
We will also provide you with resources, support, education, fun, games, it’s all up to you!
Pride Centre – counselling
Drop-in Single Session Counselling will be returning to in-person sessions at the Pride Centre on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, Aug 11, from 2-6 pm. The Pride Centre has guidelines in place to reduce the risk of spreading of the covid 19 virus.
Capacity is limited to 10 people in the space at a time, visitors will be asked to sanitize or wash their hands when they enter the space. Appointments will be limited as we currently have one counsellor on-site and will be sanitizing the counselling spaces between each session. If you have any questions or would like more details on how to access in-person or phone/video counselling please email email@example.com
Our Community – Help our GSA grow together!
Please help us to stay open and continue to grow by saving your bottles or by making a donation online. We will continue to be a Safe Space where our youth can feel included, respected, and protected.
Monetary donations, click on the donate button on our website, spend time with us at different events, parades or resource fairs)
Contributions of any size will be used to support youth through the purchase of materials that will be used at our meetings, as well as to fund excursions to special events within the community. This will also support the GSA as a whole by helping us with operational expenses.
We are a 100% volunteer-run organization; all funds will go to ensuring we can continue to offer services to youth.
Please Donate your bottles to the Spruce Grove GSA Society! We will gladly arrange to pick up bottles once a month. This will greatly help out with our fundraising goals! Thank you to the folks who are currently donating to our GSA!
Important Phone Numbers
Kids Help Phone
Text CONNECT 686868
24-hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential
they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can
connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
780-962-2222 Spruce Grove 24 hours
780-968-7267 Stony Plain 24 hours
Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people.
Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton
24-hour distress line
Resources for Albertans daily needs.
When you see someone in distress, you can help before police or emergency services are needed by calling 211 and pressing 3 to dispatch the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team.
Health Information and Tools
Spruce Grove GSA Website
On our website you can find all of our information such as dates of our GSA, tips on Safe Spaces, health, recognizing abuse and Resources.
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