Claire Wade, originally from Drumheller, has made the CAMH Foundations' list of The 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health.
Among this list are countless doctors on the leading edge of mental health treatment, Olympian Clara Hughes, and other Canadians fighting to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Claire Wade is on the front lines of youth mental health. She is a grade 5/6 teacher and implements a program in her classroom called SWIM: Students With Important Messages. This program is a team effort and is made up of a group who co-creates wellness projects for their school, Carseland Elementary.
Successful projects put forth by this team include a vertical hanging garden and three peace poles designed by the students. These poles are covered with inspirational quotes and greet students every day when they arrive at school.
Wade explains, "health and wellness is a passion for me. I hold it dear to my heart, and my students are truly my inspiration and my greatest teachers."
Wade couldn't be more excited about this award saying, "I think it's a great honour to receive this recognition. I work with amazing people. I started my teaching career in Drumheller and Drumheller is near and dear to my heart. There are amazing teachers at Greentree and St. Anthony's. I share this award with all these teachers."
Wade represents the positive forward thinking Drumheller is proud of and closes her interview with a message for everyone.
"The message I send out is #wematter. It goes out to everyone. Not just staff, students or teachers. Everyone. That's the message I want to send home, everyone matters!"
Congratulations Claire, Drumheller is very proud of you.