The Canadian Mental Health Association holds to the vision of “mentally healthy people in a healthy society.” They strive to promote the mental health of all the residents of Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region, as well as providing support for those living with mental illness. The CMHA offers a variety of preventative services and coordinate their programs to meet the ongoing needs of our community. These include such topics as suicide prevention, stress management, depression, anger management, conflict resolution, mental health first aid training, and consumer advocacy. They run the Friends for Life/Fun Friends Anxiety program in both school districts and even run a pet therapy program.
The CAE has specific mandate: “to welcome francophone newcomers and to facilitate their settlement and their social, professional, and economic integration in the Edmonton region and in Northern Alberta.” From this perspective they provide tools for immigrants and migrant francophone newcomers for them to become an integral part of the multicultural francophone community and the greater Alberta community.
The Centre of Hope is a social project of the Fellowship Baptist Church, created to assist the homeless and underemployed in overcoming the “road blocks” that prevent them from achieving a sustainable existence. Patrons can use practical resources as well as emotional and professional assistance, support and advocacy to help them move beyond crisis and toward long-term goals.
Imagination Library include all communities in the RMWB. Every child from birth to five years of age is eligible to receive free books delivered to their home. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all children in the region are able to develop reading skills no matter their financial status.
The Fort McMurray Search and Rescue Society is a trained volunteer organization that assists the local RCMP or Emergency Services with ground search and rescue operations in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. As we continue our training to keep our skills up, we are also expanding our services in more specialized areas such as swift water rescue. We offer preventative training programs for children (Adventure Smart / Hug-a-tree) to teach them methods to stay safe without getting lost and knowing what to do in the event that they have. Recently we have done presentations in partnership with municipal programs (such as “Wilderness Wednesdays” at the Jubilee Plaza) where our focus is to teach people from youth to adult basic outdoor survival skills.
Girls Incorporated of Northern Alberta is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They provide girls 6 to 18 years old with the knowledge and skills needed to break free from gender stereotypes, create social change, be proud of who they are and be confident in their own skin. The programs delivered by staff and volunteers are specially designed for girls and are based on years of research and development. The programs are designed to inspire girls to live healthy and physically active lives; navigate media messages, and develop an interest in science, math and technology. Girls Inc. partners closely with local schools and youth organizations in order to implement their programs, which reach approximately 300 girls throughout Wood Buffalo each year, and as they grow – that number is climbing.
The prime purpose of the Golden Years Society is to promote wellness and fellowship through activities to all seniors in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. They focus on every aspect of our seniors and work hard to enhance and maintain the well-being of their members. Activities available to members include card nights, weekly luncheons, bocce ball, bowling, arts and crafts, outings, social events, seniors’ week activities, coffee time, choir and clinics.
JSYF is a registered non- profit agency that provides youth ages 12-17 with organized programs, community engagement and a casual drop in center that promotes valuable opportunities for social interaction.
For the past 13 years since inception, JSYF has proudly served the young people of Fort McMurray with programs and workshops to help better themselves. All of our programming, events and activities are offered free of charge to any and all youth, regardless of what socio- economic status they may face.
The foundation’s programs are recreational, yet based on the idea of prevention. Each program hosted by our foundation has been done with the intention that youth who are involved and supported have more opportunities to make positive life decisions than those who lack support and empowerment.
Kidsport Wood Buffalo is a registered chapter of KidSport Alberta, and serves the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. We believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and all should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. KidSport provides up to $300 per child, per year, in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport.
The mission of Legacy Counselling Centre is to provide hope to individuals and families – “journeying together `Hand to Hand towards Wholeness.’” Counselling services are provided for individuals from 2 years old and up. There are no fees for children and youth up to the age of 19 years old, and at risk populations do not pay for counselling services. Fees for other individuals are assessed on a case by case basis. It is Legacy’s aim to provide professional counselling services at affordable rates; therefore applicable fees are based on a sliding scale according to an individual’s means to pay. At Legacy Counselling Centre, quality counselling is provided by highly trained and experienced Counsellors who are non-judgmental and who have devoted their lives to assisting others toward a path of holistic living.
The Multicultural Association supports cultural groups and newcomers through over 20 programs, events, initiatives and services that build capacity and help them integrate into our community. MCA celebrates, educates and integrates our community through numerous events that connect diverse peoples and showcase multiculturalism. Underlying everything MCA does is a fostering of cross-cultural awareness, understanding and integration through education.
Pastew Place is a non-medical, residential facility with hospital and paramedic backup. Pastew Place also provides a day program from Monday to Friday for clients and their families, and anyone else who would like to learn more about addiction. They offer pre-treatment programs which allow clients to stay at the centre for up to two weeks while waiting to attend residential treatment. As well as post-treatment programs for clients who have completed treatment and may require a safe, secure place to live while providing programming to help ensure a clean and sober life style.
24 hours a day, 365 days a year – Some Other Solutions is here for you. Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, suicidal? SOS can help. Through our 24-hour crisis line all individuals, regardless of age, can access a supportive listener who will always hear your concerns and help address your needs. Whether you or someone you know is struggling with a relationship, workplace conflict, financial concerns, addiction, grief and loss, mental and emotional wellbeing – SOS offers programs for children, youth and adults to empower you to find solutions.
Spinal Cord Injury Alberta (SCI AB) empowers persons with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence and full community participation. Whether it be assisting a newly spinal cord injured child or adult, lobbying for better public transportation, or helping to create a more inclusive community, SCI AB embraces the approach that there is more than one way.
Stepping Stones Youth Services is a short-term facility for youth ages 12-18 who are experiencing housing instability or homelessness. Located in Dickensfield, the home has 7 beds and is open 24 hours a day, allowing youth and their supports to work through their problems to prevent further family breakdown and homelessness. This program also provides assistance to youth in the home after they have successfully made that transition. Additionally, Stepping Stones provides parenting support, parenting groups and ongoing assistance through collaborations with schools and the community. Their mobile outreach service is prominently found at schools, reaching out to youth, providing support, community referrals and workshops.
St. Aidan’s Society is a local agency that was founded in 1973 by the Honourable Judge Harry Aime as a means of responding to the needs of the community at that time. In the spirit of this philosophy, St. Aidan’s Society has embarked on a new journey to meet the current and future needs of the seniors of our region. They are excited by this new direction and eager to work collaboratively with various levels of government, service providers, the citizens of this region and our seniors.
Support Through Housing Team helps “hard to house” individuals or families. Twelve agencies have teamed together to provide assistance and advocacy for clients to obtain and maintain independent housing in the community. Whether it is mental health, addictions, family violence, or just poor rental history, the STHT is there to help clients in their time of need.
The Children’s Centre Nonprofit Society aims to address the needs of children up to 6 years of age, by working with their families to develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed within the education system and society. The Children’s Centre is committed to a collaborative effort between community services, agencies and families.
Since The Hub opened their doors in 2003 the mission has been to strengthen capacities and encourage the best possible development of families in the RMWB. The Hub offers skills and tools for parents to ensure the best possible development of their young child, such as Triple P: Positive Parenting Programs, Ages and Stages Development Check-Ups, Car Seat Inspections, prenatal programming, and early learning curricula. In addition to centre based programming The Hub on Wheels program ensures that rural Wood Buffalo has access to The Hub’s educational programs and resources The Hub is also home to the only Safe Visitation & Exchange programming in the municipality, ensuring that children in court-ordered custody arrangements are out of harm’s way during access and/or exchange.
The Salvation Army operates a variety of programs from the Centre to assist clients in our community. Clients of the shelter are provided nutritious meals, bath/shower, clothing and shelter in a secure, safe environment. The Soup Kitchen provides wholesome meals to the area’s homeless and others suffering hardship. Family Services assists individuals and families to meet their practical needs when facing financial or emergency situations. The Community Response Vehicle provides outreach and emergency services where needed.
Serving the Wood Buffalo Region since 1982, Waypoints is a social profit organization working to end domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, and homelessness in our region. Waypoints operates two crisis lines: 24-7 Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 780-743-1190, and 24-7 Sexual Assault and Abuse Crisis Line: 780-791-6708. Waypoints also operates: Unity House, (an emergency women’s shelter), Second Stage Shelter, (secure, transitional housing for women escaping domestic violence), Domestic Violence Community Outreach, (education, support, advocacy and referrals for community members, professional groups and corporations), Opportunities for Change Centre, (a court-mandated, education program for domestic violence perpetrators), Sexual Assault and Abuse Programs and Services, (including free trauma counselling), The Compass Affordable Housing and Housing First Program, (part of a regional initiative to house the homeless).
The YMCA organization has been building strong kids, strong families and strong communities all over the world and has served the Wood Buffalo region since 1975. It is not only a place to be, but a place to become. They are dedicated to providing programming and services to all and are committed to demonstrating their four core values in all that they do: Honesty, Respect, Caring and Responsibility.