The Wolf Creek Public School's School Resource Officer (SRO) program has been honoured with the Alberta School Boards' Association Zone 4 Friends of Education Award.
The accolade recognizes the dedication and compassion of Const. Michelle Grovet, Const. Lenny Wells, Const. Jeff Hewitt, and Community Peace Officer Dave Lahucik, who work alongside Barb Reaney, WCPS’ Director of Safe and Caring to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for students.
"Across the division feedback from schools has been extremely positive regarding the SRO program,” said Tim De Ruyck, WCPS Superintendent. “Along with promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement, the work our SROs do in schools is very complimentary to the work which occurs in classrooms every day."
The SROs are more than law enforcement officers; they are mentors, friends, and pillars of support for students facing challenges. Through presentations, interactions, and initiatives, they actively contribute to creating positive school cultures. From helping a student navigate family struggles to guiding another towards a better path, the SROs' impact resonates deeply within the Wolf Creek communities.
“We are very proud of the work of our SROs and their commitment to schools and students; they are builders of relationships,” said Reaney. “They invest in understanding the school culture, identifying potential risks, and fostering an atmosphere where students feel safe and supported.”
The SROs play a pivotal role in encouraging positive and healthy recreational activities for children and youth. Their engagement ranges from addressing critical issues like bullying and cyberbullying to imparting essential knowledge about topics such as vaping, drugs, personal boundaries, and traffic laws.
Wolf Creek’s SROs are currently stationed in Ponoka, Lacombe, Lacombe County, and Blackfalds.
The Friends of Education Award was presented to Wolf Creek and its SROs at the monthly meeting of ASBA Zone 4 reps in September, hosted by Wolf Creek in Ponoka.