Partnership between Wood’s Homes and University of Calgary celebrated over Stampede season

From left: Natalie Dawes, Faculty of Social Work; Sylvia MacIver, Wood's Homes; and Puneet Toor at the Wood's Homes Parkdale Stampede Breakfast. Toor is a University of Calgary student currently doing a practicum with Wood's Homes.

From left: Natalie Dawes, Faculty of Social Work; Sylvia MacIver, Wood’s Homes; and Puneet Toor at the Wood’s Homes Parkdale Stampede Breakfast. Toor is a University of Calgary student currently doing a practicum with Wood’s Homes.

Story courtesy UToday – University of Calgary

Multiple faculties have ties into the well-respected children’s mental health agency.

Since the beginning of their partnership, Wood’s Homes and the University of Calgary have together formed a strong partnership. Extending across multiple faculties, this collaboration has developed ground-breaking research and mental health initiatives. From practicum placements, to alumni employment, the two organizations are connected in more ways than one.

This Stampede season, the partnership was celebrated, beginning with the inclusion of University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work representatives on the Wood’s Homes Stampede parade float July 3 and Wednesday’s pancake breakfast at Wood’s Homes Parkdale Campus.

Wood’s Homes has been a leading children’s mental health centre ever since its formation.  Originally founded as an orphanage in 1914, it is today recognized across Canada for its innovative services, some of which were the first in the country.

The Wood's Homes Calgary Stampede Parade float July 3, 2015.

The Wood’s Homes Calgary Stampede Parade float July 3, 2015.

In 2014, the Faculty of Social Work and Wood’s Homes announced a unique community-based research chair in children’s mental health which will focus on front line practices – connecting theory and testing with action and intervention.

“Basing a research chair in the community is a first for the University of Calgary, and it’s especially appropriate in a field like children’s mental health,” says Social Work Dean, Jackie Sieppert. “This partnership demonstrates the university’s commitment to serving communities, delivering innovative teaching and using ground-breaking research to solve some of society’s most pressing challenges.”

The Wood's Homes Calgary Stampede Parade float July 3, 2015.

The Wood’s Homes Calgary Stampede Parade float July 3, 2015.

Wood’s Homes has also been a long-time supporter of Werklund School of Education’s Counselling Psychology program, providing practicum and internship placements to students. This experience has proven invaluable to students who have had the opportunity to complete their placements with Wood’s Homes, including PhD student Alix Robertson. She describes her time with Wood’s Homes as being the highlight of her program because of the diversity of experience and training she was provided.

The partnership between Wood’s Homes and the University of Calgary aligns with the university’s Eyes High commitment to enrich the quality and breadth of learning; broadening student experiences and engaging students in research.


Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family and community – let’s work together!

If you are experiencing a crisis and need to speak to someone, please call our counsellors at our 24/7 Crisis Counselling Line: 403-299-9699 or toll-free: 1-800-563-6106Click here for a full list of our Crisis Services.

Wood’s Homes is a nationally accredited mental health centre – proudly helping communities for over 100 years. Learn more at woodshomes.ca.

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