Our Vision: We work to create a culture that establishes the spectrum of mental health as a vital part of each person.
We believe that every child, family and community can maintain and value health and well-being, in its entirety, right from the start.
Did You Know that Right from the Start...
- Promotes positive mental health in your child’s class
- Runs pro-social clubs
- Supports positive school culture by creating whole-school events
- And supports staff with social-emotional programming.
Common Topics we Support
- School Reluctance
- Strengthening School-Community Connections
- Professional Referrals
- Healthy Relationship Building
- Social Skills Development
- Parenting Workshops
- Managing Emotions
- Friendship Challenges
- Self Esteem
- Positive Behaviour Management
We are here for you as well as your child. Feel free to drop into our office to brainstorm a situation or to simply connect.
Mary Weighell is the Project Manager of Right from the Start with a degree in Applied Child Studies and a recent certification as a Registered Massage Therapist. Mary has always had a passion for early intervention and prevention work. Mary believes in full mind/body health and wellness. Her work with Right from the Start supports the great work done every day by the RFTS team throughout the CRPS division. Mary supports her own mental health with daily physical exercise and playing in the mountains.
Megan Jenniex is a Success Coach at Banff Elementary School. Megan earned her Bachelor in Criminal Justice before spending time working in youth mental health and joining the Right from the Start team. Megan is as eager to learn from the students, staff and families at BES as she is to work with them. Megan enjoys building strong relationships and connections with students, and being creative in her universal delivery to classes. Megan supports her own mental health by spending time outside rock climbing or hiking, practicing mindfulness, and spending time with family and friends.
Deren Alward, with a Bachelor of Education, is the Success Coach and Wellness Mentor at both ERS (once a week) and at Lawrence Grassi Middle School (4 days/week). He has the privilege of going into classrooms to discuss pertinent social/emotional issues with students and staff. He finds assisting with their health and wellness to be incredibly gratifying. Working closely with school staff and community partners, Deren supports families and small groups of students to navigate the world of middle school. His personal mental health is enhanced by being physically active, and is supported by his friends and community.
Adrienne Lawlor is a Success Coach at Lawrence Grassi Middle School (LGMS). Adrienne is an Occupational Therapist (OT) by profession, graduating from McGill University in 1991 and working in Bow Valley schools since 2001. Combining her interests and passions for children, neuroscience, expressive arts, nature and wellness, Adrienne is excited to join the Right From The Start (RFTS) team. Adrienne is also a parent to two young adults who have attended CRPS schools. Fulfilling multiple roles within the community, including volunteer and facilitator at ArtsPlace, Adrienne is a lifelong learner, integrating various perspectives and resources into her professional life, ultimately supporting inclusive and positive learning environments for all students. Adrienne's "bucket" is filled through time in nature, dancing, art-making and sustaining connections with others.
Kat Wiebe works at Banff Elementary School, putting her B.Ed to good use in her universal classroom presentations on mental health and wellness. Dovetailing AB curriculum and best practices for positive mental health, Kat supports the social/emotional development of all students at BES. Kat looks for quiet moments in her day, and she loves to laugh with her family and friends.
Here you will find programming, mental health links, great articles along with news and events that are happening! Click on the link to read the latest RFTS newsletter.
October 2019 Newsletter
December 2019 Newsletter
January 2020 Newsletter
May 2020 Newsletter
October 2020 Newsletter
November 2020 Newsletter
December 2020 Newsletter
February 2021 Newsletter
March 2021 Newsletter
April 2021 Newsletter
May 2021 Newsletter
November 2021 Newsletter
December 2021 Newsletter
February 2022 Newsletter
To reach us, contact your child’s school:
In case of a crisis or emergency, the following community supports are available:
Mental Health Walk-in Clinics (Open 2-9 pm daily)
This is a free walk-in counselling service available to everyone (including Canadians and non-Canadians alike).
- Banff Mineral Springs Hospital | 305 Lynx St
- Canmore General Hospital | 1100 Hospital Place
Distress Line (24 hours): 1 (888) 787 2880
Alberta Mental Health Help Line (24 hours): 1 (877) 303 2642
Alberta Health Services Intake: (Counselling Supports in the Bow Valley): 1-877-652-4700
Suicide Prevention: 1 (800) 784 2433
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line (24 hours): 1 (855) 242 3310
Bow Valley Victim Services: (403) 760 0197; www.
Addiction Services: 1 (866) 332 2322
Banff YWCA Women's Emergency Shelter: 403-760-3200 9am-5pm (Monday to Thursday) 9am-8pm (Friday & Saturday) and 403-762-3560 after hours: http://ywcabanff.ca/
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
Crisis Services Canada (a great resource for adults/caregivers): http://www.