Mental Health Initiative welcomes new supports for students.
The Board Of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Penny Warford as the new Mental Health Program Coordinator and Cherisse Churchill as the new Mental Health Success Coach, starting January 1, 2017. Both Penny and Cherisse are currently Family School Liaison staff in our schools. The new mental health positions are part of the Children and Adolescents being Resilient and Self-Regulating (CARS) program.
Penny graduated from Augustana University College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology and minoring in Crime and Community. Penny is currently enrolled in a Master’s Program through the University of Calgary in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Penny has extensive history and experience as a Family School Liaison Worker. Most of her work experience has been with Clearview Public Schools, starting as a Family School Liaison Worker for several county schools, then going to Stettler Middle School and Wm. E. Hay Stettler Secondary Campus.
Penny has spent her entire life in Central Alberta. She grew up near Tees, and moved to a farm near Alix where she now resides with her husband, Hunter, and her two children, Hannah (12) and Coty (9). “I lucked out as they all share my love of camping and fishing.”
Penny states, “I love working with students, and I believe all kids have potential. I want all kids to have a place they feel they belong, have access to the supports they need, and the knowledge/tools to be successful in whatever path they choose.
“I think Dr. Seuss was brilliant, and my approach to my own life and in working with students is reflected in my favourite Dr. Seuss quote:”
“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”
Cherisse Churchill will also start her new position as Mental Health Success Coach in January. Cherisse graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Care. She has been with Clearview since starting her practicum in April 2012 at the Stettler Outreach School. Cherisse has experience working in several areas involving mental health capacity building (i.e.) one-on-one counselling, group work and also mental health prevention and promotion.
Cherisse resides with her fiance, Guy, in the Castor area. Cherisse and Guy are expecting their first child in April.
Please join us in welcoming Penny and Cherisse to their new roles in Clearview.