OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS
Westlock Elementary School, Westlock, Alberta
Special Education and Therapy Program — AAT, AAE
One CAAWLS team visits Westlock Elementary School every week with three dogs. The dogs and volunteers work with teachers and therapists to assist students with motor skill and cognitive development, educational learning goals, and therapeutic interactions for social anxiety.
Keenoshayoo School, St. Albert, Alberta
Two rotating CAAWLS teams visit Keenoshayoo School on a weekly basis and work alongside teachers to assist students with motor skill and cognitive development, educational learning goals, and therapeutic interaction for social anxiety.
Eleanor Hall School, Clyde, Alberta
One CAAWLS team consisting of a cat and a dog visits Eleanor Hall School on a weekly basis. This unique cat and dog team assists students with cognitive development, educational learning goals, and therapeutic interaction for social anxiety.
Willow Park School, Leduc, Alberta
Every week, one CAAWLS team visits Willow Park School to take part in the classroom lessons. This program consists of teacher-led interactions for a primary classroom. The CAAWLS team is used to motivate students and encourage learning.
University of Alberta (UofA), Edmonton, Alberta
CAAWLS has multiple programs running at the UofA any given week. We’re most busy at UofA during the regular school year from September to April. CAAWLS has also certified a dog belonging to the Associate Dean of Students. This special campus dog, Ruby, has office hours twice a week to help reduce stress among students. Some of our other programs with UofA are at:
- The Faculty of Law
- Student Wellness in the Student’s Union Building
- UofA Libraries
- UofA Residences
- The Faculty St. Jean
MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta
During the regular school year, twice a month, four or more CAAWLS teams visit the students, faculty, and staff at MacEwan University as a stress relief activity presented by the MacEwan University Students’ Association.
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Edmonton, Alberta
CAAWLS has multiple programs running at NAIT any given month during the regular school year from September to April to provide stress relief to students, staff, and faculty. Our programs at NAIT are with:
- Library Services
- Students’ Association
Programming for At-risk Youth
WINGS of Providence, Edmonton, Alberta
Every other week, two CAAWLS teams visit WINGS of Providence to participate in the youth worker-led BARKS program (Behaviour, Affection, Respect, and Kindness). The program is designed as an after dinner activity that encourages positive interactions in a new environment, making new friends, and normalizing routines.
ELVES, Edmonton, Alberta
Respite Program — AAA
One CAAWLS team visits on a weekly basis. The team works with a group of four to eight year-olds with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in a program that encourages social skills, healthy behaviours, and anxiety reduction.
Boyle Street Education Centre (BSEC), Edmonton, Alberta
AAA, AAT, AAE
Once a week, a CAAWLS team visits BSEC and participates in a group “talking circle” with a counselor. The exercise is meant to encourage a positive environment while dealing with personal issues. The CAAWLS team also participates in student activities like art classes or physical exercise.
CASA House, Edmonton, Alberta
Two CAAWLS teams rotate on a weekly basis to visit students at CASA House. The students are in a group living situation and so the program functions to encourage positive social behaviour, while also providing a fun and stress-relieving visit.
Canterbury Court, Edmonton, Alberta
Once a week, two CAAWLS teams visit the residents in the Canterbury Lane wing at Canterbury Court. The teams help to provide a position environment for the seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The visits encourage social interaction and cognitive enrichment for the residents.