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Working cooperatively with the Town of Hanna, CFSA offers information and support to Foster Care, Child Protection Services and Family Violence Protection and ensures that children and families have reasonable access to quality services. Drumheller District Office 403-823-1767.

Choosewell Program

The Town of Hanna is a proud ChooseWell participant. As part of the Government of Alberta’s Healthy U campaign, Communities ChooseWell is an energizing healthy eating and active living initiative supported by Alberta Health and Wellness and managed by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association. The goal of Communities ChooseWell is to recognize and empower Alberta communities to offer innovative programming, promotion, participation, and community partnerships towards achieving a healthier Alberta.

    Counselling Services

    The Hanna Family and Marriage Program offers relationship and family counselling through Brittany Owens Counselling services.

    The program is made possible through the leadership of Hanna Agricultural Society and Hanna Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and supported by the Family Resource Worker Program. Additional contributors have included Special Areas, Hanna Learning Centre and local service groups. Subsidies are available for those who meet eligibility requirements. Eligibility will be determined by your income, and will be assessed by the counsellor.

    You do NOT have to be having marital difficulties, maybe you are experiencing difficulty communicating with your family or extended family. Marriage and Family Therapy can be very broad.
    You do NOT have to be referred through a doctor or a mental health professional. 

    Brittany has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology, and is a Registered Provisional Psychologist. Brittany feels passionate about bringing counselling services to individuals, couples, and families in rural areas who may not otherwise be able to access therapy. Working from an integrated therapeutic approach stemming from Attachment Theory, Brittany employs methods including mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, and solutions-focused therapy. Creating an environment where clients fell safe and supported in expressing themselves is central in Brittany’s approach.

    What to anticipate during counselling:

    • To be treated in a respectful way
    • To talk in a safe place
    • Conversations to be kept confidential
    • To receive support, insight and help with each situation
    • To learn, grow and change
    • To feel and express my emotions
    • To work more effectively through relationship conflicts
    • Become empowered through self-discovery
    • Learn how to cope with the transitions of life (empty nest, marriage, retirement)

    Brittany Owens
    Registered Provisional Psychologist
    403-334-9599
    bowens@anchorpsych.ca 

    Family Resource Workers

    Family Resource Workers are located J.C. Charyk School to provide services for individuals, children and families to encourage, promote and enhance social and emotional well-being. The Family Resource Worker for K – Gr. 4 can be reached at 403-854-3642 ext. 6142 and for Grade 5-12 call 403-854-4874.

    Financial Assistance for Organizations

    The Town of Hanna Community Services Department has been providing financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations since 1986 through the Community Services Board Grant Program.   This allows organizations to provide programs, special events or activities which enhance the recreational and cultural opportunities in the community.  Council provides a budget of $2,500 annually for this program to be granted to eligible recipients through an application process.  Funding criteria and requirements are established by the Community Services Board and can be found in the Application Guidelines: 

     

    2018 Hanna Municipal Library Assist with sound system, craft supplies and program support.
    2017 Citizens on Patrol  Assist with mileage costs for volunteers
    Hanna Seals Swim Club  Assist with purchase of lane ropes
    2016 Front Row Centre Seed funding for 2017 season
    Hanna Seals Swim Club Assist with purchase of computer
    Hanna & District Community Band Assist with purchase of music
    Hanna Figure Skating Club Assist with coaching costs of new school program
    2015 Hanna Community School Enhancement Society Planters
    Hanna Seals Swim Club Equipment
    Alberta Pioneers of Hanna & District Ceiling renovations
    2014 Hanna Curling Club
    Hanna Seals
    2013 JC Charyk Self Esteem Program
    Kiddies Korner Playschool
    Colour Festival

    High Five

    The Town of Hanna has brought HIGH FIVE, Canada’s quality standard for children’s recreation and sport to the community. HIGH FIVE® training provides our Recreation Program staff with knowledge of the principles of healthy child development so your child’s expense is positive within a quality program. Community Services Programmer, Angela McGillion, is a qualified HIGH FIVE® trainer and wishes to continue to see “activities and environments where children feel safe, welcome, competent, connected, empowered and special.”

     The HIGH FIVE® Training ‘Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD)’ is a one day training that teaches front-line leaders how to enhance the quality of the programs they are delivering. It provides in-depth knowledge of the HIGH FIVE® Principles of healthy child development so front-line leaders understand what they need to do to ensure each child’s social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. This program is for front-line leaders or anyone working with children aged 6 to 12 in a sport or recreation environment (e.g. instructor, camp counsellor).
    Leaders have a major impact on a child’s sport and recreation experience. The training is based in research and has been designed to equip leaders with activities, knowledge, tips and resources to enhance their programs as well as their relationships with children and other staff members. 

    For further information about HIGH FIVE® training, call Angela at the Town Office 403-854-4433 to register or visit www.HIGHFIVE.org.

    Healthy Families

    Are you a parent with a new baby or young child under the age of six? Are you committed to providing the best you can for your child? Do you wish your child came with a manual? Are you experiencing other challenges in your life while you try to raise your young family? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be eligible for the Heallthy Families Home Visitation Program.

    Trained home visitors can visit you in your home; assist with parenting and child development strageties, or help you manage other family needs or issues that impact your ability to be the parent you want to be. Healthy Families provide support and guidance all in a non-judgmental way.

    The free program serves Didsbury, Carstairs, Cremona, Three Hills, Drumheller, Hanna, Strathmore and surrounding rural areas.

    For more information, please contact the main office at Accredited Supports to the Community, 1-866-566-4122 or the Healthy families Coordinator, Tracy Gustafson, directly at 1-403-901-5660