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Fifteen PWPSD schools registered for Student Vote Alberta

Grande Prairie, AB – Fifteen schools throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) have registered to participate in the Student Vote Alberta. This free event will bring the 2019 Alberta Provincial Election into classrooms, as a means of empowering students to experience the voting process firsthand. 


Registered schools receive print and online teaching materials, posters and election supplies. Students learn about government and the electoral process and are encouraged to research the issues, parties and candidates, and to engage in conversations with their friends and families.

During Student Vote Day, students fulfill the roles of election officers to coordinate a vote in their school. Students cast ballots for the candidates running in their school's electoral division. Results are shared publicly after general election polls close.

To learn more about how the program builds the habits of active and engaged citizenship in students, and to view election results, visit www.studentvote.ca

SchoolDate Time
Alternative EducationMonday, April 15 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Beaverlodge Elementary SchoolMonday, April 15 
Beaverlodge Regional High SchoolMonday, April 15 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Clairmont Community SchoolMonday, April 15 
Eaglesham SchoolMonday, April 15 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Elmworth SchoolMonday, April 15 11:30 a.m.
Harry Balfour SchoolMonday, April 15 
Hythe Regional SchoolTuesday, April 16 
Ridgevalley School Monday, April 15 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Robert W. Zahara Public SchoolMonday, April 15
 2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rycroft SchoolTuesday, April 16 9:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m.
Savanna SchoolMonday, April 15 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Spirit River Regional AcademyMonday, April 15 
Teepee Creek SchoolMonday, April 15 
Woking SchoolMonday, April 15 2:30 p.m.


*Schools with no specific time noted are either conducting the vote throughout the day, or as a classroom-based activity.

Photo caption: Aurora Fisher, a student at Whispering Ridge Community School, casts her ballot during the Grade 6 Student Vote activity held on October 13, 2017.

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Sears, Angela4/15/2019 11:21 AM15 Apr, 2019
Health care focus of Tour the Trades event

A group of PWPSD high school students joined students from the two other local districts for a full-day 'Tour the Trades' event focused on the health service industry on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Trades featured on the tour are in high demand and provide opportunities for students to talk with tradespeople on the job and learn about the trades and the steps required for certification. During the morning, the group learned about emergency response career opportunities with visits to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station and the STARS Air Ambulance facility in Grande Prairie. Over lunch, Nurse Wendy McMillan delivered a talk on careers in nursing. In the afternoon, the group traveled to FYI Doctors to learn about optical and optometry careers, followed by a visit with the pharmacy team at the Northgate Safeway Pharmacy. Through a partnership between CAREERS: The Next Generation and school-based off-campus coordinators, students can complete a three-day job shadowing experience at one of the industry partners during the summer months.


Pictured left to right: Alysha Potratz, Grade 10, Savanna School; Brianna Sandboe, Grade 11, Sexsmith Secondary School; Blake Thieman, Grade 10, Peace Wapiti Academy; Madison Bulford, Grade 10, Peace Wapiti Academy; Hailey Marth, Grade 12, Beaverlodge Regional High School; and Reegan Fobes, Grade 10, Ridgevalley School. 

Pictured above: At the STARS Air Ambulance facility, students heard from Russel Bardak, Flight Paramedic (left) and Carol Anne Doll, Clinical Operations (right). Russel shared that STARS is a not-for-profit charity in Alberta that receives 75 per cent of its funding from donors.  

Pictured right: At the Grande Prairie Emergency Medical Services Station, Manpreet Uppal introduced students to the “Sim Bus” that included a simulated patient, Frank, a mannequin who can talk, swallow, has a pulse, and can simulate real life medical issues such as a heart attack or allergic reaction. 

For more photos, visit the PWPSD Facebook page

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Sears, Angela4/10/2019 4:33 PM10 Apr, 2019
Hold and Secure at Spirit River Regional Academy due to a wolf sighting in Spirit River

Grande Prairie, AB, Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:45 p.m. – Earlier this afternoon, students and staff at Spirit River Regional Academy were placed under Hold and Secure at the advice of local RCMP, due to a wolf sighting in the town of Spirit River. RCMP have since advised that the Hold and Secure had ended. As a precaution, the school is contacting parents of students who walk home, to determine end-of-day arrangements. 

What is a Hold and Secure?

  • A response to an unrelated threat and/or incident in close proximity to the school, taking place OUTSIDE the school.
  • School life continues as normal inside the school, however, the precautionary measure to lock school doors is taken to ensure staff and students are safe, and to reduce activity while officials conduct their work. 
  • Access to and from the school is restricted and carefully monitored. The Hold and Secure is lifted when emergency personnel advise that the situation has ended.
  • Examples: Nearby police activity, a threatening animal.

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Sears, Angela4/5/2019 1:49 PM05 Apr, 2019