All posts by Kate Wilson

Kate took up the reporter's pad and pen while living in northern Alberta. The writing bug stuck, and the next 20 years were spent covering everything from local politics to community happenings. She lives in Alberta Avenue with her daughter.

Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Increased diversity in classrooms brings a huge importance in encouraging inclusivity.

A participant in a 2014 study on inclusivity in Alberta schools expressed the experience of a contemporary classroom: “I find it more and more difficult to support these students as the needs of students increase, class sizes increase, the complexity of students increases, and the complexity of social situations becomes more dire.” Continue reading Challenges and rewards of modern teaching Diversity in the classroom depends on a community of support

Seniors want to stay in their communities Diverse communities allow people to age in place

When it comes to housing, today’s seniors want choice.

“They don’t want one size fits all, because lifestyles are so varied,” said Maxine Mcleod, an occupational therapist. “Seniors want to have choices to reflect what they value.”

As a therapist, Mcleod has seen how some retirees plan ahead for a move that brings them closer to their children and grandchildren. Continue reading Seniors want to stay in their communities Diverse communities allow people to age in place

Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

The bright red pump truck waiting in the bay of Norwood Fire Station No 5 responded to over 4,000 calls last year. The ladder truck went out a further 1,300 times.

Those kind of statistics make the fire station the third busiest in Edmonton. Continue reading Getting to know your local fire hall Norwood Station No 5 is the third busiest in the city

Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Consider the following statement from a millennial-aged employee in her mid 20s or early 30s. We’ll call her Jane.

“I spend my days in work meetings, whether I am working remotely or in the office. Then they expect me to spend my evenings doing the actual work. My manager doesn’t understand. Nothing we start ever seems to get finished and more just gets piled on.” Continue reading Finding common ground between generations Intergenerational communication is key for success

Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

As winter approaches, we insulate windows and stow away garden implements. We take the car in for a tune up. But what can we do to prepare mentally for the short, cold days of winter?

“Self care is really, really important,” urged Franki Harrogate, a graduate student counselor and founder of Arclight Counselling Services. “Making sure you’re eating and sleeping right, anything to elevate your mood.” Continue reading Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

Big changes ahead for Northlands Northlands to continue focusing on agriculture industry

By Jan. 1, the City of Edmonton will have taken over management of the EXPO Centre and permanently closed the Coliseum.

In a merger that combines administration and marketing between the Shaw Conference Centre and EXPO Centre, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), an entity wholly owned by the city, will begin managing the two venues on Jan. 1.

“Originally we wanted the two conference centres to cooperate and work together. It was in the city’s best interest to have them work together rather than be in competition,” said Coun. Tony Caterina. Continue reading Big changes ahead for Northlands Northlands to continue focusing on agriculture industry