Success Stories

Celebrating student and staff successes

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools wants to help encourage our school communities to live a healthy life. If you or someone you know has been inspired to make positive changes to your every day health and wellness, we want to know! Email our Health and Wellness Coordinator or talk to your school's Health Champion about your (or your friend or coworker's) successes. A healthy lifestyle is better attained when we work together to encourage positive changes, so let's do what we can to help each other. 

October 2019

This month’s Health and Wellness success story features Tracy Sugden, Language Arts teacher at École Mother Teresa School in Sylvan Lake.

In her words, “positive mental health has always been an important part of my life and a daily struggle because of my family history with mental illness. I have always known that physical wellness compliments mental wellness. It has been shown that exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Technical jargon aside, exercise promotes the brain to release feel-good chemicals (endorphins) that improve your mood and make you more relaxed.

My husband competes at an Ironman level and has completed many Triathlons of various distances, where I have been on the sidelines cheering him on. I used to ride my bike beside him while he ran and paddled a kayak while he swam. With his encouragement, I competed in my first ‘women's only’ triathlon in Calgary in May and then competed at The Masters in Rocky Mountain House in August.  I loved it and the comradery of the sport, as you truly compete against yourself.”

Congratulations, Tracy! 

September 2019

We had so many entries in June, we decided to bump this success story to September.

Congratulations to our triathlon group! These individuals came together in April 2019 to train for the Woody's Triathlon in Red Deer on June 23, 2019. This group committed to training together as a group once a week and completed the rest of the training on their own. They all successfully completed the race, and April Connolly (teacher at Father Henri Voisin School) won the female sprint race

“Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things is the best way to grow!”