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 Welcome to our Member Spotlight Page. This special feature showcases GPVSB’s most valuable assets– our members! Spotlighting members from across the GPVSB spectrum, Member Spotlight reflects the rich tapestry of our membership and profiles active Non-profit and business organizations. If you would like to be featured in this section please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Create your own member story: join GPVSB today! 

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Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta North West Region

Vision: To Provide Resources to Foster Communities of Mentally Healthy People.

Mission: To Promote Mental Health for Individuals and Our Community.

CMHA ANWR Executive Director Debra StonerSince 1995 the Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta North West Region (CMHA ANWR) has been serving Grande Prairie helping those with mental health issues and addiction.  A branch of the national CMHA this organization works to provide tailored programs and services to assist those in need in our area.

CHMA ANWR helps support the community in various ways; their main office located downtown at Willow Place, is an apartment building with 57 units owned & operated by the agency.  Built in 2003, the bachelor suite apartments house individuals with mental health problems and/or recovering from addictions. Tenants within Willow place; must qualify for affordable housing, be able to pay rent and live independently with support.

 Willow Place is also home to CMHA ANWR’s Hub Resource Centre, with funding from Alberta Health Services, this program offers those with mental health and or in recovery the chance to partake in planned activities, such as collective kitchen to prepare group meal, arts & crafts and social gatherings.  The Hub helps develop social interaction and grow community support and resources for participants, Volunteers help with planning and instructing many of the Hub activities. A recently launched initiative to help support the Hub programs is Treats & Sweets this volunteer run Ice Cream Stand located south of Centre 2000 has CMHA ANWR employees and Willow Place residents selling snacks to the community. The Treats & Sweets Stand also helps promote CMHA ANWR & Willow Place to the public while at the same time gives clients community engagement. 

CMHA ANWR is part of the Housing First Program funded by the City of Grande Prairie’s End Homelessness Initiative.  This program helps homeless individual locate, attain, and maintain housing. The Housing First program also helps connect individuals with appropriate medical / mental health services, addiction counselling, life skills and landlord relations.  

CMHA ANWR also helps those living on streets of our city with their Mobile Addictions Outreach Program, funded by Alberta Health Services. This program has staff offer support, referrals, services and information to at risk individuals with addictions and/or mental health problems.  Currently the team with one fulltime, one part-time and summer student sees average of 300 individuals per month. 

 Another main area of focus for CMHA ANWR is providing one-on-one support to individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues and/or addiction with their Supports to Persons with Disabilities (SPD) Program, located at their secondary offices. SPD Staff members are trained and accredited to support individuals in ways to help them improve in various areas of their day to day lives like their well-being, social skills, housing, employment and more.

 CMHA ANWR latest program is Living Life to the Fullest, organized by a trained facilitator, consists of eight, 90-minute sessions where anyone can learn how to feel happier, be more confident and ready to handle whatever it is that life throws at them.

In September 2017 CMHA will be offering a new program offering Peer Support to family members who are care givers for young or grown children who have mental health. Watch for details on locations and program dates announcements.

With the 100th Anniversary of the national CMHA quickly approaching our local branch continues to grow.  Plans for a new an affordable housing apartment with 65 units is in development.  The new building located within in the downtown area will have units dedicated to individuals with “complex needs”.  Still in the initial phases of development funding for this new build is currently in the works.  According to Executive Director Debra Stoner “Volunteers will be a key factor to its success, we will need their help planning upcoming events & fundraising drives to achieve our goal in building this project that will have a major positive impact on our community.”

For more information about CMHA ANWR and their programs and for those interested in their volunteer opportunities please visit their website www.gpcmha.ca, you can also contact them at their main office at 780-814-2349 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Stay up to date on CMHA ANWR news and events by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens

Supporting pregnant and parenting teens in achieving their personal best.

Sacha Balaski - Volunteer Coordinator

Having and raising a baby can be difficult at any age but more so when the parents are kids themselves.  Luckily, in Grande Prairie and surrounding area, the Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens is here to help young parents and their infants through and after pregnancy.

The non-profit agency helps teens by providing information and support to:

- Promote a healthy pregnancy

- Facilitate healthy decision making regarding pregnancy and parenting

- Maximize opportunities for education and/or training

- Gain knowledge of and access to community resources

- Foster the development of individual strengths and independence

Pregnant & Parenting Teens offers support groups and programs to help their clients; they have groups that help with pregnancy, parenting, & breastfeeding. There are programs that help with providing for the infants like ‘Books for Babies’ and an exchange program for gently used clothing, equipment and toys. Young parents being supported by the Society also have access to professional counselling sessions with Mental Health Services and are supported by a Family Support Worker who helps them set & achieve personal, educational, family or life goals. They also provide day care with the First Steps Nursery to clients attending the Bridge Network School program.

Read more: Society for Support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens

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