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PHE Canada Announces Recipients of $14,000 School Mental Health Funding

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For Immediate Release

Ottawa, December 11, 2020 - Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada), in partnership with The Co-operators, is thrilled to announce the seven recipients of the $14,000 funding to support school mental health efforts across the country. Through the Teach Resiliency Share2Care campaign, the funding will help the schools advance their promising practices that support the mental health of teachers and/or students, especially during this challenging time.

The 2020 Share2Care recipients are:

  • Wellington Catholic District School Board - Guelph, ON
  • Gordon Bell High School - Winnipeg, MB
  • Dr. KA Clark School - Fort McMurray, AB
  • Leaf Rapids Education Center - Leaf Rapids, MB
  • Beach Cove Elementary - Portugal Cove, NL
  • Whitehorse Individual Learning Center - Whitehorse, YT
  • Miramichi Valley High School - Miramichi, NB

Share2Care is a mental health activation initiative gathering promising practices from across the country to share and inspire others to take action in their class and/or school community. As part of the PHE Canada Teach Resiliency program, Share2Care aims to recognize and share unique, innovative, and promising school mental health programs and initiatives that are making positive impacts on students, school staff, and the entire school community.

In 2020, PHE Canada received 199 submissions from across Canada during the month-long campaign.

"This year was a year like no other and so attention to well-being has taken on a greater value.”

- Melanie Davis, PHE Canada

“Being attentive to wellbeing at school leads to better outcomes for both our students and school staff.  Each year, I have the privilege of reading the submissions for the Share2Care grants and am inspired by the attention and efforts put forward. This year was a year like no other and so attention to well-being has taken on a greater value,” stated Melanie Davis, Executive Director and CEO of PHE Canada. “While we are not able to support every program, everyone deserves to be recognized. The stories shared are real proof that wellbeing is key to staff and student success. Thanks to the partnership with The Co-operators, we are not only able to provide support to some of these programs, but also share promising practices to inform and inspire others to invest in school-based wellbeing initiatives."

"We want to shine a light on the importance of promoting and supporting mental wellbeing, especially among young people and educators."

- Jayne Russell, The Co-operators

“This year, more than ever, schools are struggling given the impacts of a global pandemic. We’re proud to support projects that improve the mental health of teachers, students, and their families,” said Jayne Russell, Senior Communications and Brand Partnerships Consultant at The Co-operators. “Through Share2Care, we want to shine a light on the importance of promoting and supporting mental wellbeing, especially among young people and educators. We see this as an important part of our commitment to build healthier, more sustainable Canadian communities.”

The Share2Care funding recipients and their promising practices, in addition to others, will be featured on the Teach Resiliency website

About Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada)
PHE Canada champions healthy, active kids by promoting and advancing quality health and physical education opportunities and healthy learning environments. Supporting community champions with quality programs, professional development services, and community activation initiatives, PHE Canada inspires all to live healthy, physically active lives. Find out more at www.phecanada.ca

About The Co-operators:
The Co-operators Group Limited is a Canadian co-operative with more than $53.3 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies, it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is well known for its community involvement and its commitment to sustainability. The Co-operators is ranked as a Corporate Knights’ Best 50 Corporate Citizen in Canada and listed among the Best Employers in Canada by Kincentric. For more information, visit www.cooperators.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Ryan B Fahey
Lead, Special Projects and Campaigns, PHE Canada
ryanfahey@phecanada.ca
613-523-1348