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Message from Jocelyn, FSLC

Hey Canyon families- I wanted to let you know about a  couple of free webinars hosted by AHS, which may interest you. Please find links below. I'm not sure if you've checked out what's happening at the library lately, on Friday afternoons Lego League is back running for school age children between from1:30- 3. It's entirely free and a great way for siblings and friends to work together outside of school. Call the Pincher Creek Municipal Library for more information 4036273813. While we're on the subject of the library I wanted to send out a big thank you to Kayla at the municipal library for helping us with our Dungeons and Dragons group on Thursday this week, and Johnny Cache Hobbies here in town who donated us a set of dice for the game. Take good care


Feb 9


Learning to inclusively support all children through grief and loss

This workshop will aim to teach caregivers, parents and professionals how to:

• Define grief and loss
• Recognize the signs of a grieving child
• Talk to a child about loss
• Teach children about grief and loss
• Use evidence-based strategies to support a child who is grieving
• Enhance a child’s resiliency amid difficult times.

Feb 15


Mindfulness: Supporting Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being

This session will explore the topic of mindfulness and how mindfulness strategies can help support their child’s social and emotional well‐being. Explore how our brain’s stress responses (fight, flight, or freeze) may impact our social and
emotional well‐being and how we can use mindfulness to calm our brain. We will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions, self‐regulation, and behaviour......

Jocelyn Mercer, MSW, RSWFamily School Liaison Counsellor ,Canyon Elementary SchoolPincher Creek, Alberta403.627.3118Cell 403.583.0058

I also wanted to let you know about a great program AHS is offering parents for children with  or suspected ADHD- it's entirely free and you're not obliged to attend all 6 sessions. To register call access addiction and mental health 18885940211

The online ADHD Parent Group is an educational group for parents and caregivers who want to learn about ADHD. The purpose of this group is to provide current introductory information around ADHD. This virtual open group consists of six, one hour, stand-alone sessions on such topics as: what is ADHD, medication and ADHD, ADHD and nutrition, exercise and sleep, parenting a child/adolescent with ADHD, ADHD and self-regulation, and ADHD and navigating the professional/school system.  Participants can choose to attend from 1 to all 6 sessions. The group topic and Zoom link will be sent out each week to registrants. 

Upcoming Dates

Tuesdays, February 28 – April 4, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays, April 20 – May 25, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Jocelyn Mercer, MSW, RSW

Family School Liaison Counsellor ,

Canyon Elementary School

Pincher Creek, Alberta


Cell 403.583.0058

My office hours are 8- 4 Monday - Thursday, 8-2 Friday. Please note I do not check emails, texts or voicemail outside of office hours. If you are seeking mental health support during off hours, you can call the Alberta Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-303-2642 or if this is an emergency, dial 911.

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