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The role of the committee is advisory in nature, as it involves various stakeholders in promoting, implementing and sustaining the Roots of Empathy program in the schools and community.

All final decisions are approved by Neighborhood & Community Development, the Community Services Department.

Together the committee members collaborate to:

  1. Identify the schools that will introduce the program.
  2. Access funding for training.
  3. Identify a source for Roots of Empathy instructors.
  4. Establish start-up and training schedules.
  5. Plan local launch activities and publicize the program to community members, media, parents and schools.
  6. Support and ensure participation in program evaluations and quality assurance initiatives.
  7. Support Roots of Empathy’s mentors who will be trained in year two of the program.


The composition of the committee could include:

  • Roots of Empathy program’s local champion(s).
  • A person who acts as the main contact person and liaison (local coordinator)
  • A representative from senior school board administrator; such as school superintendent (or delegate), three school boards. 
  • A representative from a key community agency or source for potential Roots of Empathy instructors (e.g. guidance counsellors, social workers, health agencies.)  

Terms of Reference

Roots of Empathy Steering Committee

  • A volunteer parent(s) from the community.
  • A small business partner (s)
  • A media relations partner
  • A community volunteer
  • Someone from the agency or source that will coordinate putting Roots of Empathy in touch with participating infants and his or her families.
  • A representative from special education or a service provider for children with special needs children.
  • Representation from one of the school boards that deal with research, evaluation and curriculum development.
  • A local funder with a deep commitment to the program.

Every committee member is expected to take on action items and be an active committee member.  The chair is appointed by the primary stakeholders and subsequent years will be elected by the steering committee members.

The chair is appointed by the primary stakeholders and subsequent years will be elected by the steering committee members


  • Any member who is unable to attend will inform the chair and will appoint a designate to represent them at the upcoming meeting.
  • Where the chair is not in attendance, the remaining committee members will appoint a chair for the meeting from those present.

Frequency of Meetings:

Committee members will determine a quarterly meeting schedule.


The committee will report to the Manager of Neighborhood & Community Development, through the chair, and members report back to their respective agencies. The committee will distribute meeting minutes.

“Building Healthy, Peaceful Communities Together”
               - Wood Buffalo Roots of Empathy Steering Committee

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