May the Fourth Be With You! 6th Annual Regional School Health Champion Workshop

School Health Champions Join Forces to Celebrate Wellness

On May 4, network and get inspired with health champions and health professionals from around the region! Featuring keynote speaker Derek Whitson. In this talk, participants will be challenged to think about their students in a way that looks at their strengths and how far we can push them to achieve goals they might not have thought possible! This fun-filled day also includes breakout sessions for school staff, led by experienced local and provincial educators. This workshop is free, a healthy lunch is provided and mileage/sub time is covered by our partner school jurisdictions.

Be sure to register (click here) by Monday, May 1st!

Derek Whitson is a two time Paralympian in the sport of sledge hockey. In 2013, he became a world champion in the sport which was followed a year later with winning a bronze medal for Canada in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. He is a multi-sport athlete as he also has been the starting goal keeper for the Paralympic soccer team since he was 15 years old. Derek’s love of sport has taken him all over the world and he continues to inspire other young men and women with disabilities to chase after their dreams.

Derek was born in Chatham, Ontario where he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. As a young boy Derek played any sport that he could get his hands on. Like many children, sport was and still is Derek’s outlet where he truly feels like himself. He has now started to pass his passion of sport and recreation on as he works with Medicine Hat Adaptive Sport and Recreation, a non-profit organization for individuals with disabilities to be active. He is also a strong advocate for women in sport and has been both the vice-president and assistant coach of the Women’s National Sledge Hockey Team for the past 3 years.

Important Details

  • Health professionals and other members of the community welcome.
  • Dress comfortably, ready to move.
  • Full day sub time for one teacher per school is provided for teachers in Grasslands, SD76 and MHCBE. Sub time for 10 PRSD teachers available.
  • Mileage reimbursement available for one vehicle per school if required.
  • Morning snack provided and healthy lunch provided.
  • If you have any additional questions/concerns please contact Sonya Brown at

 Click here to download our information brochure including agenda for the day

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