Wellbeing

WellAhead: A 5-year journey supporting innovation in K-12 school wellbeing

As of January 2021, McConnell Foundation’s WellAhead initiative has sunsetted. To tell the story of the initiative, we recently developed this report, which recounts unexpected lessons, impacts and progress on our journey, and where to look next for developments in the field. In 2015, the McConnell Foundation committed to 5 years of funding for the […]

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Beyond the Binder

Towards More Systemic and Sustainable Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing in K-12 Education In Canada, K-12 education systems have a key role in developing strategies to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff. While stand alone programs have provided useful content for educators in addressing mental health and wellbeing, it is […]

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Catalyst: FitSpirit

Changing the rules of the game to empower young women   Too many girls are dropping out of sports programs at an early age. Sports and recreation programs, including high school-based physical education (PE) classes, can help girls develop a lifelong love for physical activity and an overall sense of wellness. However, many of these […]

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Creating collaborative infrastructure for inclusive urban innovation

This is a transformative moment for cities in Canada Cities are the wellspring of solutions Cities are increasingly the home of humanity, heralding the Urbanocene Epoch. According to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, globally, cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, […]

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Importance of teacher & school staff wellbeing

The Importance of Teacher & School Staff Wellbeing A detailed infographic on the importance of teacher & school staff wellbeing, by WellAhead, a McConnell Foundation initiative.

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Advancing wellbeing in schools

In 2015, WellAhead began working in British Columbia to experiment with ways to better integrate wellbeing into K-12 education. In Advancing Wellbeing in Schools, WellAhead shares 15 lessons about education, philanthropy & systems change learned through this process.

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Kids and Place Lab

There is an emerging movement connecting childrencategorys well-being with city well-being and rethinking urban design from child-centered design. In line with this movement, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation opened space to explore the potential of a Kids and Place Lab in Canada.

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Advancing school wellbeing as a priority.

In its first year in BC, WellAhead worked with six pilot school districts to see if a set of core values, a participatory change process and a focus on everyday practices could deepen schoolscategory commitment to wellbeing. After reflecting on their learnings, WellAhead has made some significant shifts in its strategy towards the integration of wellbeing in Canadian schools. One key lesson? WellAhead may be able to achieve more impact by working at a network level, instead of directly with school districts.

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Possible Canadas

The year 2017, the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada, offers Canadians an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, where we are today, and where we could go.

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Good Sport

Good Sport was written by award-winning author Silver Donald Cameron, and includes a foreword by Governor-General David Johnston. It is a compilation of stories that reflect the diversity of projects that took place in the Sport for Development initiative, from the participantscategory perspectives.

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