The Never Give Up Gala: 10 Things I Learned as a First Time Attendee

Never Give Up Gala, Wood's Homes, Calgary, Children's Mental Health, Mental Health

By Justin Wilson – Communications Coordinator, Wood’s Homes

As a first time attendee at NEVER GIVE UP and a new employee of Wood’s Homes, I went into the evening of September 12 with little knowledge of past years or how the evening would play out. Throughout the week prior, I’d seen colleagues staying late and arriving early, schedules redesigned, and just how hard organizers were working to make the event a success. As Wood’s rookie communications co-ordinator and a volunteer at the Gala, I had the privilege of playing  a small role in both the frantic week and the eventful evening.

Here are 10 things I learned at my first Gala.

1) Little Details = A Lot of Work

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10 Ways to Deal with Fall Stress


By Justin Wilson – Communication Coordinator, and Janet Stewart – Manager at Eastside Family Centre (EFC), Wood’s Homes.

Well, the Fall colours are here. It’s the time of year when the roads get a little more crowded, the weather becomes a bit more unpredictable (‘snowtember’ anyone?), and the stresses of balancing our work, school, family and social lives can leave us feeling spread a little thin. Juggling these challenges can be tricky for anyone, though for Wood’s staff and those we serve it can be a bit more complicated.

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15 Suicide Prevention Facts and Tips

Wood's Homes, children, youth, bullying

By  Community Resource Team, Wood’s Homes

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day.

Here are some facts and tips to help you be better prepared to do your part and help prevent death by suicide.

Facts About Suicide:

  1. Suicide is preventable!
  2. Suicide is one of the Top 10 leading causes of death.
  3. Every day, about 11 Canadians complete suicide: Another 210 will attempt to kill themselves.
  4. More females attempt suicide, but males are more likely to die from suicide.
  5. 4 out of 5 people who complete suicide have made at least one previous attempt.
  6. Suicide happens to people of all ages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and other social boundaries.
  7. Most people who attempt suicide do not want to die. They are immersed in emotional pain and are not able to handle an overwhelming situation.
  8. Speaking with someone about suicide will not make them want to take their life.
  9. Suicide victims think about suicide before completing the act – they usually provide warning signs to those around them.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day


By Jody Jordan – FASD Parent Mentor, Community Program – FASD MAPS, Wood’s Homes

September 9th is international FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) day.

People gather on the 9th minute of the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month to recognize the 9 months of pregnancy in which a woman should not drink alcohol.

In 1999, Bonnie Buxton and Brian Philcox of Toronto and Teresa Kellerman of Tuscon, AZ, all parents of fetal alcohol children, asked each some questions:

“What if a world full of fetal alcohol parents got together on the 9th hour, of the 9th day of the 9th month of the year and asked the world to remember that during the 9th months of pregnancy a woman should not drink alcohol?”

“Would the world listen?”

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