BrainChild date announced!

January 26, 2019
Servus Place, St. Albert
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Plugged In Community Centre Organization is working towards creating a facility that will house Plugged In programs and events that we are proud to bring to the community.  As well as provide affordable space to local organizations that offer inclusive programs and initiatives.

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An Incredible Experience from Community Conversations

December 5, 2018
I just want to share the incredible experience that was Community Conversations tonight. Bailey shared her story the journey of losing her identical twin and then walking that dark road from self-destruction, self-medicating to self-awareness and opening up – healing is found in conversations with people that are really LISTENING, not to find words to make it better but to hear the pain and loss. She shared the impact that BEautiful ME had on her, allowing her to smile, dance and shine for the first time since the loss of her sister. Bailey expressed the missing in the supports and aftercare of someone that has lost a sibling to suicide and the unwillingness of the “professionals” to even provide an understanding about what suicide means, what happened to her sister! She shared the “what would make a difference” in the school systems about how to have those awkward and scary conversations, and also how to validate that this young person is really dealing with something, they are not a faceless, nameless problem – a thing to be swept away. A curriculum on mental health, bullying, suicide, is needed to start the conversations at a level where there is real daily struggles, comparisons and not fitting anywhere issues. She answered questions from the guests and shared how anxious she was, always checking in with her greatest supports her mom Natasha and her dad Greg, it is clear that they have all come on this journey together and they make it possible each day to survive their loss as a family. And even more incredible to share the reality and the pain so that their commitment to change things for youth can be heard and acknowledged! Jeremy Cummins was real and honest and authentically shared what circumstances lead up to a mental break down. He witnessed the aftermath of war while abroad helping to build a school in Africa, then when he came home he was on scene at not one but two fatal car accidents — he didn’t realize at the time what this would do to him emotionally! Jeremy was able to share what he saw as available in the community as a resource for him when he was struggling with his mental health and how he went from walking on the high-level bridge to end his life to a 4-week stay in the hospital. He shared that initial point of contact with a nurse that set aside the task of intake and really got connected to him and what he was going through, was the first bit of maybe there is hope! Jeremy shared the hospital stay and how so much of the work they did helped connect him to sides of himself he was unaware of; the mindfulness programs opened up a creativity and the connection to talking to others in the hospital that shared such similar stories, and the real concrete exit plan that the caregivers provided made Jeremy believe he had a story to share that

What I learned from guest speaker Vik Maraj at the Mini Conference: Shaping Conversations

November 9, 2018
From an attendee at our recent mini-conference featuring guest speaker Vik Maraj: I didn’t know what to expect from Tuesday night’s presentation. But I went in with an open mind, bringing my partner along to see if we could learn a fresh perspective on communication issues in our own relationship. Vik’s presentation was both down-to-earth and earth-shaking. He hit a few nails on the head: we all judge. We all think we ‘know’ another person and thus expect certain behaviours from them based on that knowledge. We don’t listen to understand but rather just wait until it’s our turn to talk so we can throw our opinion into the fold. So how do we change that? We actually approach communication from an authentic place that involves not only listening to the other person, but truly trying to understand where they’re coming from, even if we don’t agree. In essence, we “get it” -“it” being the nature of their point, the essence of their world view. He talked about authenticity and being honest. Other people can read your B.S. meter from a mile away. So don’t fake it. He explained why children are so free-they are constantly discovering things about the world without any preconceived notions, no judgements, no barriers. There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ question for a child to ask, yet we are constantly shushing them, embarrassed that they would have the gall to say ‘that woman is round.’ What is merely the observation of a curious mind becomes altogether something negative because of us. Instead of saying ‘that’s bad’ we need to change the conversation to ‘yes, you made an observation, but saying so out loud doesn’t work. Why? Because it can hurt a person’s feelings.’ You’ve not only made your point, but escaped the social constructs of shame and guilt. I am now much more aware of how I need to model my behaviour for my children’s’ sake, and how I need to approach disagreements with my husband from a perspective other than “I knew he was going to do that because that’s just how he is.” Perhaps if we all stopped for a moment to really practice some of Vik’s suggestions, we would be happier and more honest people. I encourage everyone to go online and watch his videos or see him in person. You will be surprised at how much you can learn about yourself. I, for one, am going to try my best to put what I’ve learned into motion.

BrainChild Event Date Announced!

October 29, 2018
  An annual event that offers children-in-need, whether vulnerable, disempowered or disengaged, the opportunity to discover a love of learning through multifaceted activities and community interactions. January 26, 2019 Servus Place, 400 Campbell Rd, St. Albert Plugged In is hosting our third annual BrainChild event January 26, 2019, in St. Albert at Servus Place!  This event provides 100 children-in-need, a one-day fall in love with learning through a series of hands-on activities.  This year will feature a variety of activities that will stimulate learning through, sports, mindfulness, cooking and guest experts to create hands-on academic fun!  The students will be treated to morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and a swag bag to continue building their curiosity in learning. We provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all children to experience success at this event. To register https://goo.gl/forms/HVLuYPN1bXXBCHiN2 100% of camp expenses will be paid for by the Sturgeon County, St. Albert, Edmonton, and area business community. You can sponsor children at $150/student. Sponsorship Levels: Gold: $2,250           •   Sponsors 15 kids           •   15 swag bags           •   AM/PM snacks           •   Lunch           •   Website Feature           •   Cheque Presentation           •   Nomination for Decal Award Silver: $1,500           •   Sponsors 10 kids           •   10 swag bags           •   AM/PM snacks           •   Lunch           •   Nomination for Decal Award           •   Website feature Bronze: $750           •   Sponsors 5 kids           •   5 swag bags           •   AM/PM snacks           •   Lunch           •   Nomination for Decal Award           •   Website feature Download pdf for more information > BrainChild pdf #PluggedIn #BrainChild    

Mini Conference: Shaping Conversations

October 23, 2018
  We have all struggled to say something when we should have…whether it was a parent that had views which weren’t quite what you supported, a teacher who you needed to understand your child, a co-worker who wasn’t holding up their end or a friend who just wasn’t being that friend…. How often do you find yourself resentful, angry or unhappy with the way you’ve left a conversation or situation? Do you go over and over past conversations in your head When you are so convinced that you are ‘right’ in every situation, there is no chance for true connection and real, open conversation. Put anger and upset aside and create the context for every conversation Learn how you can let go of the idea of ‘only one winner’ and experience communication that is both productive and beneficial to you and others around you. Once you make that shift, every moment brings clarity to your communication. Attend our Mini-Conference: Shaping Conversations featuring guest speaker Vik Maraj of Unstoppable Conversations. Tue, 6 November 2018 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM MST Leo Nickerson Elementary School 10 Sycamore Avenue, St. Albert This event is for YOU, your TEAM and is sure to make the difference in your ability to have those tough/critical conversations that will directly impact the culture of your organization! If you could all generously SHARE this event, attend this event or donate to the Plugged In charity it would be very much appreciated. All proceeds go directly to supporting our annual events, BrainChild, BEautiful ME and our Inclusion In Action campaigns. These events provide much needed opportunities to kids in our community, YOUR community. Come, listen, learn and meet people! We need your help to make this event a success. Download pdf for more information > Shaping Conversations pdf #PluggedIn #MiniConference #VikMaraj    

Mini Conference Guest Speaker Vik Maraj

October 12, 2018
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