Our History

Explore the timeline below to learn more about the development and milestones of the Healthy Campus Alberta Community of Practice.


Alberta Government funds post-secondary mental health and addiction initiatives

1st Annual Provincial Summit

Gathering of the provincial community, featuring presentations by mental health experts


Ashley Humeniuk was hired as a full time facilitator to support the development of a Provincial Mental Health Framework

2nd Annual Provincial Summit

Healthy campus strategy and action plan was launched to build a healthy campus community


We welcomed Danielle Stewart-Smith as the provincial facilitator to support the provincial community

3rd Annual Provincial Summit

With 200+ in attendance from 22+ organizations, this Summit informed the draft of the Alberta Post-Secondary Mental Health and Addiction Framework and identified the need for a community of practice (CoP)

1st Community of Practice Meeting

Establishment of the mission, vision, and next steps for the newly formed Healthy Campus Alberta


Alberta Post-Secondary Mental Health and Addiction Framework

Finished Framework was released

Creation of the Healthy Campus Alberta Design Team

The HCA Design Team was formed to provide overall direction and guidance to the CoP, as well as the organization of events and activities. To learn more about the DT, explore the Terms of Reference and the Statements of Understanding.

2nd Community of Practice Meeting

Development of a 6-month timeline for HCA in collaboration with the Design Team

Healthy Campus Alberta Website launched

3rd Community of Practice Meeting

Collaboratively planned the first HCA learning event

1st HCA Learning Event

4th Community of Practice Meeting


5th Community of Practice Meeting

To read the community summary report, explore here.

1st HCA Wellness Summit

With the theme Building Resilient Campus Communities, this summit welcomed 186 attendees representing 23 campuses and 13 community organizations to the University of Calgary, where the Advanced Education Mental Health Grant was announced. To learn more, explore here.

6th Community of Practice Meeting


HCA Administrator, Melodie Esau, joins the HCA staff team

HCA Grant Proposal approved

Our first two student staff, Art Assoiants and Makayla Freeman join the team

2nd HCA Wellness Summit

Hosted by the University of Calgary, this summit welcomed over 200 attendees representing 25 campuses and 46 organizations to learn together under the theme Transitions. To learn more about this summit, explore here.

We welcomed two new students to the HCA team, Dalia Grobovaite and Teresa Chen.

1st HCA Connections Summit

Planned collaboratively by an advisory committee made up of representatives from 9 campuses and 3 organizations, this summit was hosted at the University of Alberta. We welcomed 128 attendees from 23 campuses and 12 organizations and highlighted the work of the CoP and the collaborative development of best practices. To learn more about this summit, explore here.

As Danielle Stewart-Smith stepped out of her role as the HCA Coordinator, we welcomed Leah Tenove onto the team as the Knowledge and Relationship Coordinator to work alongside Melodie Esau, now the Operations Coordinator.


We welcomed Makayla Freeman back to the HCA staff team as the Project Assistant

HCA 2019 Reception

Hosted at Bow Valley College with a focus on celebrating campus approaches

HCA Website Relaunch