Author Archives: Don Seller

Volunteer Spotlight – April 2019

The Alberta SPCA Education Department is fortunate to have two wonderful volunteers that help us connect teachers to humane education resources they can use in their classroom. Whether it is coming into the office once a week, or helping us at special events, our volunteers are an integral part of our department being able to do what we do! In honour of National Volunteer Week, we are highlighting two special individuals.

Amie Gartner - AnimalTales Intern

If you have used AnimalTales in your classroom this year, there is a good chance that Amie was the one responsible for you receiving the correct package on time. Amie comes into our office once a week and diligently prepares packages to go out, as well as ensures each student receives their bookmark! Amie is also working on adding to our AnimalTales program by creating activities and discussion questions to go along with new books!

Growing up on a farm in rural Alberta, Amie moved to Edmonton to pursue a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree at the University of Alberta, and is graduating in a few weeks! Inspired by her own teachers, Amie looks forward to inspiring others and making a difference in the lives of students. Children’s development is something Amie is passionate about and helping students to succeed is rewarding for her.

When asked how volunteering at the Alberta SPCA has impacted her, Amie responded:

‘I have been able to support a program that supports teachers by distributing books and lesson plans that teach valuable lessons such as empathy. The positive feedback from teachers after utilizing the program makes me realize how important this work is. In being a preservice teacher, I know this program is of high value and it is an honour to be a part of it.’

Gwen Dambrovsky - Education Volunteer

If you stopped by our booth at one of the teachers’ conventions in Edmonton, then you may know Gwen. Gwen is there welcoming everyone with a smile and always eager to chat about our resources, and the impact they can have on students, as well as connect with teachers about their treasured companion and farm animals.

Gwen and her beloved little dogs have volunteered at the Alberta SPCA for more than 30 years. Most recently, this newly retired former journalist has enjoyed bringing Gilly, her chihuahua-Japanese chin cross, to special school visits. She loves manning the booth at teachers’ conventions to help spread the word about the society’s efforts to encourage teachers to use humane education into the classroom.

When asked about the benefit of our programs and resources, Gwen responded:

‘I strongly believe that teaching children about kindness and compassion is best accomplished when they are young, the AnimalTales book lending program is a shining example of how the society and teachers can partner to achieve that goal.’

What to Expect with AnimalTales

Are you thinking about getting AnimalTales but not sure what to expect? This blog is intended to give you a better idea of how AnimalTales can be used in your classroom. The AnimalTales program is easily adaptable; each activity can be modified to fit the needs of your class. You can spend as much or…Continue Reading

Animals and Remembrance Day

This Remembrance Day marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Over 650,000 men and women from Canada served in this war, with 66,000 of those making the ultimate sacrifice. That is one in ten people who never returned home to their loved ones. Working alongside these brave men and women were…Continue Reading

Help animals in your community through a ‘Class Action’ Project!

Alberta SPCA ‘Class Action’ projects to help animals are the perfect opportunity to engage your students in service learning. Service learning projects address curricular outcomes while providing an opportunity to make a positive impact in the community. These projects help students build skills such as goal setting and critical thinking, and can help improve self-esteem…Continue Reading

Every One Counts Contest Prize Recipients!

We are happy to announce the prize recipients of the Every One Counts contest! Many of the entries were strong contenders, so to say it was a difficult decision would be an understatement. The three entries selected to receive a prize did a great job of telling us why the animals count and what actions…Continue Reading

Volunteer Spotlight – April 2018

We are fortunate to have two dedicated volunteers to help in our education program. From helping with our book lending program, to translating material for our recently launched French website, much of what we do would not be possible without the help of these fantastic individuals. With it being National Volunteer Week, we wanted to…Continue Reading

Five Reasons for AnimalTales

AnimalTales is a free book lending program (grades K-6) that encourages students to become more compassionate and develop a greater respect for all living things. This program was started in 2010 and is continually being updated with new books and materials! The feedback we get from teachers is overwhelmingly positive; in fact, many teachers use…Continue Reading

Two Must Have Books for Every Elementary Classroom!

Looking for new and exciting resources for teachers and students to use in the classroom is an important part of what we do. We strive to find books that engage student learning and promote humane education, as well as create activities that align with the curriculum. Here are two books we found that do just…Continue Reading

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