Supporting healthy school communities.

Ever Active Schools is a registered national charity designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools through a Comprehensive School Health framework, which addresses health and education goals to improve the social outcomes of children and youth in Alberta.

Our Values

Our work begins as collaborators, is built as partners and continues in friendship. We show up for each other and our communities, act with empathy and bring our authentic selves to work every day. We celebrate successes, BIG and small – you can count on us for hugs and high fives.

We’re nimble and creative, always looking ahead with our feet firmly grounded in evidence. We balance risk with strategy. Boldly going…you know the rest.

We recognize and value diverse abilities, identities, cultures and ways of knowing. We live it. We celebrate it. We don’t know all of the answers but we’re listening, learning and growing.

We seek first to understand. Then act. We’re here to help ideas and actions flourish. We provide opportunities and platforms to build capacity to promote health and learning.

We’re passionate about well-being, and we care. We’re committed to creating environments that support health, learning, and growth because that’s the type of place we want to live and work in.

Vision

All students belong to healthy school communities that enable optimal health and learning.

Mission

To provide leadership that promotes and supports healthy, active school communities through a comprehensive school health (CSH) framework.

Our Approach

Ever Active Schools supports and engages schools through a variety of methods. All of our work follows the Comprehensive School Health framework.

We offer professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators, both on a variety of pre-determined topics and customized support specific to the unique context of each school community. Some of these opportunities take place as by-request workshops delivered to a school, some are virtual learning opportunities available to individuals, and some follow our new In Residence model, which includes a full year of support from a Health and Wellness Consultant to reach identified goals.

Ever Active Schools puts on annual events to provide networking opportunities in combination with professional development, as well as to facilitate student leadership. Our annual Shaping the Future conference sees on average more than 500 delegates from the education, research and recreation and active living sectors join us for a 3-day (or longer) experience in a breathtaking mountain setting. The Resiliency Summit is a two day gathering of Indigenous youth, educators and community members for the purpose of sharing activities, celebrating stories and practices regarding health, wellness, and resilience. 

We engage and support schools through grant-funded projects that see us working in close proximity with community partners. Recent projects range from embedding teacher and staff well-being in pre-service teacher training, to improving traffic safety for increased active travel in communities. Project work is unique, comprehensive and drives real change.

Finally, we develop resources that teachers and care providers can use on-the-ground, same day, to meet specified target areas and improve student competencies.

Want to learn more or get involved? Send us a message using the contact form to the right.

History

Ever Active Schools began in 2001 as a special project of the Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC) of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA). Its goal was to provide professional development opportunities for health and physical education teachers in Alberta.

Over the years, Ever Active Schools expanded to offer grant-funded project work, classroom resources and numerous partnership opportunities.

In September 2020, Ever Active Schools transitioned from its home within the ATA to a standalone charity, formerly named Active Healthy Kids Canada. This charity was active in Ontario and instrumental in public awareness of youth health status through the publishing of the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card (now the ParticipACTION Report Card). Active Healthy Kids Canada was acquired late in 2017 by a board of directors based in Alberta to be a platform for thought leadership, coordination, and awareness for the importance of upstream approaches to healthy school communities. Between 2017 and 2019, Ever Active Schools acted as an implementation partner, a relationship that was governed by a partnership agreement under board approval. 

Given the passage of time for the new board of directors to mature with enhanced board capacity, the opportunity arose in 2019 for the successful implementation partnership to be formalized into the transition of Ever Active Schools to become the charity. 

Ever Active Schools' relationship with the ATA, HPEC and government ministries is expected to continue through partnership agreements and advisory opportunities. The shift in governance enabled the alignment of purpose between Ever Active Schools operations and the Active Healthy Kids Canada charity for enhanced impact, as well as a greater range of possibilities for both strategic guidance, partnership, and funding opportunities.

Board of Directors

Elisha O'Lain

Richard Lewanczuk

Doug Gleddie

Lauren Sulz

Robert Young

Mark Yurick

Nancy Luyckfassel

Maureen Parker