Executive Directors' Message
Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year at Foothills Academy.
Having successfully navigated the COVID challenges of the past 18 months, it is important for us to continue to maintain a safe space for our students; staff; and community clients. At the same time, we are also looking ahead, as it is imperative for us to continually reflect on the work we do, and evolve our practices to meet the changing needs of those we serve. Our theme for the year is Leading the Way in supporting children and families living with Learning Disabilities through both our School and our Community Services.
Throughout the agency, we have risen to the challenges of the pandemic and continued to grow and evolve. In fact, we now have new processes and online capacities that have added value to our array of programs and services in the long term. Piece by piece, the foundations of our system have been refined; rebuilt; and re-imagined, creating a situation where we are uniquely positioned for Leading the Way in the LD community. For example, we are excited to more systematically embrace the science of reading which supports Structured Literacy to guide our literacy direction throughout the agency. And, in the past few months we have significantly invested in programs; staff training; additional invention spaces; and updated STEM labs.
This year, the cross-departmental collaborations at Foothills Academy will be more evident than ever. When not working on intensive remediation with external clients (both in-person and online), some Read Write & Math Instructors will be providing individualized intervention support to students in the school. The Psychological Services & Programs department will continue to work serving the wider community, as well as supporting the school; the Assessment Psychology team will support school staff with interventions, assessments and consultations, and the Counselling Psychology team will continue to support the social-emotional needs of students and families. The Professional Development & Community Education department supports knowledge dissemination across the country, as well as providing ongoing support to school staff and families. Amicus Camp & Recreation will be providing their most diverse recreation program offerings ever, and their social coaching model is even more relevant than ever, as young people are trying to establish normalcy in their daily lives. Tying all of this together is the research of what we are doing, and this year we will be investing more time in establishing the effectiveness of what we do.
We are unique in our role in Canada. Nowhere else can you find the complete range of services we provide to individuals with Learning Disabilities. We also provide vital advocacy and leadership throughout the region, provincially, and nationally.
As we move forwards into 2022 and beyond, there is no doubt that Foothills Academy really is Leading the Way, supporting individuals and families with Learning Disabilities.
Mr. Simon Williams & Dr. Karen MacMillan
|Mr. Simon Williams, MSEd||Dr. Karen MacMillan, R. Psych|
|Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA), Board of Directors (Past President)||Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), Board of Directors|
|Alberta Independent Schools and Colleges in Alberta (AISCA), Board of Directors (President)||Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC), Professional Advisory Committee|
|Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC), Board of Directors||Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary|
The Learning Disabilities & ADHD Network is a collaborative initiative of a broad group of organizations, which is operated through Foothills Academy