Community Social Development Programs

Spruce Grove Community Social Development (CSD) offers in-person and virtual programs to support social connections, resiliency, and overall well-being.

Youth Programming

Spruce Grove Community Social Development also offers youth-specific programming.

In-person Programming

“We all have the capacity to be compassionate, and we know that doing so can make an enormous difference” (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2024).

This year's Mental Health Week, 'Compassion Connects,' takes place from May 6-12 and emphasizes the healing power of compassion. One way to show your compassion is to learn how to respond effectively to someone at risk of suicide.  

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

ASIST is a two-day workshop designed to help family, friends, and community members identify someone at risk of suicide and provide them with the skills needed to make a life-saving intervention. The ASIST workshop is highly interactive, practical, and practice-oriented. It focuses on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. This training is not recommended for anyone who has had a recent suicide loss.

Date: May 23 & 24
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Age: 18+
Cost:
 $50 (normally $125 subsidized to honour Mental Health Week)
Location: 414 King Street, Spruce Grove, AB
Registration: Register online
Registration Deadline: May 17, 2024

This program is in partnership with the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County.

The Bridging Connections team consists of Community Social Workers who are dedicated professionals offering compassionate and confidential support to Parkland County residents. Community Social Workers actively listen to individuals, identify solutions, and facilitate connections to pertinent community resources. Their role is to assist residents of all ages and situations in navigating life’s challenges.

Date: Wednesdays; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m (drop in and appointment based services available)
Ages: All
Location: Wabamun Community Centre (5217 52 Street) 
Registration: Call Spruce Grove CSD at 780-962-7618 to make an appointment if desired; however, an appointment is not required.

Your Life Legacy Checklist
Learn what it takes to be fully prepared for the unexpected and the inevitable. It’s one of the kindest things you can do for those you love.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Tri-Community Adult Learning and Literacy Association, 4302 33 St Unit 115, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online or call 780-591-3355

 

Overview of Executorship
Learn more about the skills that an executor needs and how to avoid the most common financial and legal pitfalls.

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Tri-Community Adult Learning and Literacy Association, 4302 33 St Unit 115, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online or call 780-591-3355

These sessions are offered by the Tri-Community Adult Learning and Literacy Association, in partnership with the City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County.

Income Tax Basic Concepts
Learn the basics of Canada’s income tax system, including what you need to do when you start a new job and what you need to prepare to file your tax return. 

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch!
Ages: 16+
Cost: Free

Overview of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
Find out more about the Disability Tax Credit, including eligibility and how to apply, how to claim the deduction, and how the DTC can be a gateway to other government programs.

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch!
Ages: 16+
Cost: Free

Benefits and Credits for All
Make sure you and your family are claiming all your benefits and credits. Learn about Canada Child Benefit, Child Disability Benefit, Disability Tax Credit, GST, Canada Worker’s Benefit, and the Climate Action Incentive.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Feel free to bring your lunch!
Ages: 16+
Cost: Free

Income Tax Basic Concepts for Students and Youth
Start from the beginning and learn how taxes work, the different levels of government, whether or not you need to file, and how to file your taxes. 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Ages: 16+


To register for one or all of these sessions: call 780-591-3355 or register online.

All sessions are facilitated by the Canada Revenue Agency
This program is being offered in partnership with the City of Spruce Grove, the Town of Stony Plain, and TriCALA

Spruce Grove Community Social Development (CSD) hosts free income tax clinics through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

Gain confidence in money management and build your financial skills by learning diverse useful topics! Youth looking forward to summer jobs can benefit from the first workshop and then decide which other workshops they would like to join. 

Basic Banking for Youth
Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cost:  Free
Location: Stony Plain Youth Centre (4902 51 Avenue, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online or call 780-591-3355

Basic Budgeting
Date: Tuesday, April 9
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ages: Adults and young adults
Cost:
  Free
Location: Stony Plain CSD, 107-4613 52nd Avenue, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online or call 780-591-3355

Debt Smarts
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ages:  Adults and young adults
Cost:
  Free
Location: Stony Plain CSD, 107-4613 52nd Avenue, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online  or call 780-591-3355

Identity Theft
Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ages:  Adults and young adults
Cost:
  Free
Location: Stony Plain CSD, 107-4613 52nd Avenue, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online  or call 780-591-3355

RESPs (Registered Education Savings Plan)
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ages:  Adults and young adults
Cost:
  Free
Location: Stony Plain CSD, 107-4613 52nd Avenue, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online  or call 780-591-3355

Financial Wellness for Seniors
Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost:
  Free
Location: Stony Plain CSD, 107-4613 52nd Avenue, Stony Plain
Registration: Register online  or call 780-591-3355

Are you curious about D&D but don’t know where to start? Join us to celebrate Youth and Mental Health Week and try out D&D! You will role-play as your character and experience the world through another's perspective. You will face challenges such as puzzles to solve and combat scenarios that promote teamwork and effective communication. After the game, we will debrief and explore how your actions affect the situation and the people around you!

 Date: Tuesday, May 7
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ages: 12-18
Cost: Free
Location: Spruce Grove Public Library
Registration: Please register online

This event is in partnership with the Spruce Grove Public Library, Alberta Parenting for the Future, Westview PCN, and Parkland County.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Awareness Walk

This event honours the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous People, raises awareness about the ongoing issue, and provides an opportunity for the community to come together and heal. Please wear red to show your support.  Red dresses will be displayed in our communities to raise awareness. All community members are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2024
Time: 11:30- 4:00 p.m. (walk begins at 12:30 p.m.)
Start location: South Business Park (43 Avenue and 28 Street) Stony Plain
End location: Skydancer Indigenous Cultural Society (transportation will be provided back to the Rotary Park in Stony Plain).
Contact: 780-962-7618

Please click here for more information and important updates leading up to the event!

Join us in conversation with Amy Quintal to increase your understanding of disabilities and build your confidence in talking to children about this topic. Amy will share her journey as a woman with an ADHD diagnosis and a mother to a teen who is multiply disabled. She has an Indigenous Master of Social Work degree and is committed to decolonizing disability and inclusion and promoting holistic wellness. You will leave this session feeling inspired and more comfortable with talking about disabilities.

Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Ages: 18+
Cost: Free
Location: Cantiro Pioneer Wellness Centre #1 - 344 Pioneer Road
Registration: Register online

Join us for a S.E.L.fie Camp! Have fun while increasing your confidence in social-emotional skills through games, crafts, and activities!

This program is facilitated by Alberta Parenting for the Future and Family Life Psychology.

Date: Monday to Thursday, March 25-28
Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ages: Grades 1-4
Cost:  Free
Location: Family Connection Centre, 5600-50 St. Stony Plain, AB
Registration: Register online
Contact: 780-963-0549

Join representatives from Service Canada to find out more about Canada Pension Plan, Old age Security and Canadian Dental Plan this Spring!

Get information on:

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • How and when to apply
  • Pension Benefits

A Dental Plan Application Clinic (hands-on) will follow the presentation. Please bring your Social Insurance number (SIN) and a valid Government-Issued Photo ID if you plan to participate in the Application Clinic.

Open to all Tri-Municipal Region residents. Registration in advance is preferred, but not mandatory (drop-ins welcome).

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be provided.

Parkland County Presentation
Date: 
Monday, April 15
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost:  Free
Location: Wabamun Jubilee Hall (5132 53 Ave, Wabamun)
Registration: Register online or call 780-962-7618 

Spruce Grove Presentation
Date: 
Monday, May 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cost:
  Free
Location: Spruce Grove Community Social Development Office (414 King Street, Spruce Grove)
Registration: Register online or call 780-962-7618 

These presentations are offered by Service Canada in partnership with the City of Spruce Grove, Parkland County, and the Town of Stony Plain.

Skills for Safer Living is an evidence-based, suicide prevention program for youth considering suicide or have had a suicide attempt, and their caregivers. In four, weekly 90-minute sessions, youth learn to build skills and capacity to help keep themselves safe. The program introduces basic language, skills, and concepts to better understand the thoughts and feelings associated with suicide, and strategies to help mitigate them, to keep as safe as possible. In addition to building capacity in youth, the program also builds the same knowledge for families/caregivers.

Date: To Be Determined
Cost: Free 
Location:  Virtual (technology supports are available)
Registration: Please register by email

Skills for Safer Living is being offered in partnership with the Centre for Suicide Prevention, The Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program, Westview Primary Care Network, Dochas Psychological Services, the Town of Stony Plain, and the City of Spruce Grove.

This support group will help children manage their grief through emotion mapping and teach them useful ways to cope.
Family Life Psychology and Wellness facilitates this program and is in partnership with Alberta Parenting for the Future.

Date: Tuesdays, April 23- June 4
Time: 4-5:00 p.m.
Ages: 10-13
Cost:  Free
Location: Family Life Psychology and Wellness (20 Westwind Dr. Unit #226, Spruce Grove, AB T7X 0B9)
Registration: Please register online
Contact: 780-963-0549

Talking Circles come from the culture and traditions of indigenous people in North America. All community members are welcome at these Talking Circles. Listen deeply with an opportunity to understand, learn, and establish a sense of community. 

Date:
Wednesday, April 17 Theme: "Love for Mother Earth"

Time: Arrival and Welcome 5:30-6 p.m., circle will start at 6 p.m
Ages: All ages but suited for older children and adults.
Cost: Free
Location: Skydancer Indigenous Cultural Centre (99 Campsite Road, Spruce Grove)
Registration: Not required

This initiative is presented in partnership with Spruce Grove Community Social Development, Spruce Grove Public Library, and Skydancer Indigenous Cultural Centre.

 

Moose Hide Campaign Day

Moose Hide Campaign Day is a national day for connecting, learning, and sharing. This will be a special talking circle as we hear from a local Elder to stand against violence towards women and children and take a pledge to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life.

Talking Circles come from the culture and traditions of Indigenous people in North America. All community members are welcome at these Talking Circles. Listen deeply with an opportunity to understand, learn, and establish a sense of community.

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free 
Location: Family Connection Centre, 5600 50 Street, Stony Plain, AB
Contact: 780-962-7618

This comprehensive full-day training is thoughtfully crafted to empower participants with essential skills in trauma-informed de-escalation strategies. Extensive research underscores the pervasive presence of trauma in the public, a factor likely to influence interactions with individuals experiencing escalation. TIDeS™ not only acknowledges the trauma experienced by the escalated individual but also extends its consideration to those providing support. Participants are invited to engage in assessing their attitudes, boundaries, communication styles, and debriefing strategies with a trauma-informed lens. This training will also focus on prevention and fostering enduring reductions in crisis situations. Tailored for all corners of our community, this training embodies a universal trauma-informed approach to de-escalation

This workshop is facilitated by Imagine Institute and is in partnership with the Town of Stony Plain and Parkland County.

Date: Friday, March 15, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 18+
Cost: $50 (lunch included)
Location: Border Paving Athletic Centre, 9 Tri Leisure Way, Spruce Grove
Registration: Waitlist Registration online

This program is designed to provide a welcoming space for youth to explore traditional Indigenous teachings, foster social connections, and savour the deliciousness of tacos in a bag! It's not just an event; it's an experience that celebrates cultural heritage and promotes cross-cultural connections.

This program is in partnership with Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Alberta Parenting for the Future, and Parkland County.

Dates: Bi-weekly, starting Thursday, January 11
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Grades: 7-12
Cost: Free
Registration: Please register online
Location: Cantiro Pioneer Wellness Centre (#1, 344 Pioneer Road, Spruce Grove, AB)
Contact: 780-963-0549

 

Virtual Programs

All virtual programs will be held through Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Registration is required to participate in a program. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact us.

SeniorCONNECT 

SeniorConnect Tri-Region is a free, online training program that teaches residents how to recognize and respond to seniors in need. The program is open to all residents in the Tri-Municipal Region and is an excellent way for us to work together to help seniors in our community find local information, resources, and support.

SeniorConnect Tri-Region is a partnership involving Stony Plain FCSS and Spruce Grove Community Social Development (CSD), and is made up of six training modules focused on:

  1. Why connecting with seniors is important
  2. Caregiver burnout
  3. Mental illness: dementia, delirium and depression
  4. Elder abuse
  5. Addictions
  6. Diversity

Check out SeniorConnect here

Questions?

Please phone 780-962-7618 or email.

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