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Mental Health Week

Why the little things matter...

Did you know that direct person-to-person contact triggers parts of our nervous system that could help us be more resilient to stress factors in the long run? Social interaction, even just bumping fists or giving someone a high five is enough to release oxytocin, which sets of a chain reaction that lowers your stress.  Who knew that a simple high five could do that? (more info on why this is important can be found here)

There is so much evidence out there to support the positives of social interaction and taking notice of and participating in the little things - from physical health to mental health, life longevity, to pain reduction. It's incredible! We are aware that the comfort level of social interaction varies for everyone but we are hopeful there will be something you may like to join in on.

So in honour of Canadian Mental Health Week, May 1-7, we are encouraging you to take part in one or more of these activities - or any other activity that brings interaction, and see how it makes you feel. We have partnered with a number of community and regional agencies and groups to provide this (thank you!), and each one has a special nod and info related to mental health and wellness. 

For more information about how Devon FCSS can support you or a loved one, follow this link.

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Mental Health Week Activities

Unless otherwise noted, all registrations go via

Any questions call 780-987-8325

Additional Programming (with longer deadlines)

Month of Minutes - May 1 - 31

This is a simple opportunity for you to take part and focus on yourself for one minute a day. It may not sounds a lot, but the idea is to get you used to thinking about yourself so that you can expand on it and see that it doesn't need to be a big time commitment to have an impact. For more information, follow this link to a Canadian Mental Health website.

  • Open to all Devon residents (or those with a child registered in a Devon school) can participate and be entered to win one of two $25 gift cards. Just send us an email with the answer to the qualifying question below, and share how / if it helped your mental wellbeing… that’s it! CLICK HERE to get the calendar with all the daily suggestions. 

Deadline to return your entry is midnight, June 1, 2023. 

QUALIFYING QUESTION: Because of acitvities and events around Mental Health Week, I am more aware that mental health is an issue in Devon.

Agree    Somewhat Agree    Neutral    Somewhat Disagree    Disagree


Six-Word Stories Competition

Get those creative brain cells going... create a story on any topic and tell us in six words. There are four age categories to enter in and, where possible, all entries will be published in print and social media. SEE POSTER for details. 

Deadline to enter: 11:59pm, May 19 to 

Monday, May 1

Baby & Me

These one hour sessions are dedicated to moms & dads with children 0-24 months who are looking for connection and an opportunity to discuss their journey in parenthood. Chats, information, support & more. Free. Open to all.

  • Time: 9:30-10:30 am
  • Location: Devon Community Centre, Claypool Room
  • Age: 0-24 mths
  • Cost: Free

Register: Drop-in


Grounding 101

Join us for this peaceful session where participants will build a mini Zen garden to take home, and learn about the importance of breathing, mindfulness and grounding practices. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Date: Monday, May 1
  • Time: 6:30-8pm
  • Location: Devon Community Centre, Claypool Room
  • Age: 15+
  • Cost: $30 (if cost is an issue - please call 780-987-8300, Devon residents only)

Register: by April 26


Social Knitwork

Do you like to knit/crochet or wish to learn? Join us for this special event to support mental wellness.  Come with your project, be introduced to new ones or simply just start stitching.  Experienced volunteers will be available to help beginners learn. Drop in. Free. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 6:30-8pm
  • Location: Devon Library
  • Age: 8+ (with adult)
  • Cost: Free

Drop-in (but please notify office if you require starter pack by April 26)

Tuesday, May 2

Intergenerational Kindness Project – Calling Seniors and Youth!

This exciting four-week series will bring together youth and older adults for a variety of fun activities that highlights the importance of kindness in our community. Child attendees can be picked up from school in the community bus and / or dropped off at home after (optional). Child must be in a Devon school. Registration required for both children and seniors. Limited numbers.

  • Ages: 7-9 years
  • Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Place: Devon Community Centre
  • Cost: Free                                                                                                  

Register by April 24: CHILDREN at, SENIORS at


Youth ARTiculate

Join in for a 4-week art expression series. Through a creative outlet strengthen your self-esteem, resiliency, and mindfulness. Enjoy this positive mood boosting series. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Date: May 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Time: 6:30-8:00pm
  • Location: Devon Community Centre, Braun Hall
  • Age: 12-15
  • Cost: $40

Registration deadline: by April 18


Pizza & Pool Guys Night

Guys, this one is just for you. We want to take about 30 minutes of your time to share some info with you about the importance of mental health and wellbeing … and then we will leave you to the pizza, darts and pool for the rest of the night. All that is free but you’re on your own for any alcohol. Open to non-Legion members too. Drop-in. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Place: Devon Legion
  • Ages: 18+
  • Cost: Free (except any drinks)

Wednesday, May 3

Mastermind: Awareness and Stress Management for Men

When life gets overwhelming, it’s important to have a plan. This confidential two-part workshop teaches practical skills for handling stressors in your day-to-day life. You will learn how to gather important information from your environment, analyze your life, and develop a plan to handle stress more efficiently. Free. Registration required. Open to Devon and Leduc / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 7-8:30pm
  • Location: Devon Community Centre, Claypool Room
  • Age: All ages 16+
  • Cost: Free

Register: by April 26


Community Helpers – Peer Support for Youth

Young people are more likely to trust someone of their own age to share information with and / or ask for help. This three hour session will offer guidance to participants as to how they can be that person for their friends in a safe and healthy way for everyone. Free session, pizza supper included. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 3:30-6:30pm
  • Location: Devon Library Meeting Room
  • Ages: 13-17
  • Cost: Free

Register: by April 24


Seniors Connect – Game On!

Join the FCSS team for some fun and games. Charades, Dingbats, Pictionary! All good fun and we will cheer each other on. Registration required.

  • Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Place: Claypool Room, Devon Community Centre
  • Cost: Free

Register by Apr. 28 by email at or call 780-987-8308


Child’s Play for Adults

Some say that the opposite of play is depression… as parents, it’s important that we don’t forget to laugh and play too! Join us for this session where we will build a fort, play games and learn how we can better understand our child through play. Grown-ups only! Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Place: Main Hall, Devon Community Centre
  • Cost: Free

Register by April 24 at


Cooking Together

Time for adults and kids to cook together to make a tasty, nutritious and budget friendly supper, and gather ideas for other options. This is aimed at families with children aged 10 and over, earning less than $50k per year. Hosted in partnership with the Leduc and District Food Bank. Limited space. Free. Devon residents only.

  • Time: 6 – 8pm
  • Location: Devon Community Centre

Register: by April 26


Thursday, May 4

Devon Community Indoor Playground Special

Join us for this mental wellness focus special session. This one will be lead, in part, by our early childhood specialist, Miss Kathy. Spend quality time with other parents while your children play. We will also be including a short break to focus on taking positive time-out as a parent. There will also be snacks and refreshments. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Place: Devon Community Centre
  • Age: 0-6 years
  • Cost: Free



First Responders vs. Youth - Ball Hockey Game

Want to face-off in a friendly game of ball hockey? Bring your stick (we have spares if you don’t have one) and join in. Please note, this is an unsupervised game, play at own risk and photos may be taken for social media.

  • Time: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Location: Holy Spirit School Playground
  • All ages 8+ welcome



Outdoor Wellness Walk for All

Come explore Devon’s trails and join in for a leisurely social walk and then learn about why being outside is good for your mental health, while we chat over a picnic lunch (pre-registration required or bring your own). Open to all! If you require the bus to get to Voyageur, call 780-910-1960 to book by no later than the day before. 

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Voyageur Park (meet at Bike Skills Park)
  • Age: All and dogs on leash welcome too
  • Cost: Free to all Devon residents (non-Devon residents will be charged $10 for the picnic lunch)

Registration Deadline: April 26

Call p: 780-987-8308 or email:

Note: In the event of severe weather, walk may be cancelled.


Family Bingo

Fun for all the family. Suitable for children of all ages. Please note, this is for families with younger children and youth, anyone registering will need to have at least one person under 17 in their group. Each registrant will get their own set of Bingo cards. Open to any Devon family or any family with a child registered at a Devon school. Small gift card prizes.

  • Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Devon Community Centre
  • Ages: Families with children and youth 17 and under attending
  • Cost: Free

Register: by April 25


Dodgeball - Youth 8+ vs. First Responders

Join us for this fun event - burn off some energy, get to know our First Responders. Drop-in or pre-registration. Waivers must be signed to play, have to be signed by an adult. This is an unsupervised event, youth are independent to come and go.

  • Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Place: Devon Arena
  • Cost: Free

Register by May 3, at

Friday, May 5

Seniors Coffee Chat

Join in to connect with others for a friendly chat and hear updates about programing from the Town. Coffee and tea is on us! Don't forget, you can book the community bus to get there and back (free for this event only) 780-910-1960. Must be booked by noon, Thursday, May 4.

  • Time: 10-11 a.m.
  • Place: McDonald's
  • Ages: 60+
  • Cost: Free



Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls & 2Spirit+ (MMIWG2S+) Recognition

Please check back for details soon.


Crafting with Mom

Kids, grab your Mom (or any other significant female role model in your life) and join us for a fun evening making a beautiful craft together to keep or share! Just in time for Mother’s Day! 

  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
  • Location:  Braun Hall, Devon Community Centre
  • Ages:  Suitable for children 7+ and their adult
  • Cost:  $10 per child

Registration Deadline:  April 26

Saturday, May 6

Games Galore!

Gather your friends and families to enjoy an afternoon of drop-in games, especially to support Mental Health Week. Check out the huge variety of board games to play from old family favorites to new puzzles and cooperative games.  All ages are welcome to attend, parental supervision may be required. Open to Devon and the Leduc  / Parkland County regions.

  • Time: 2-4pm
  • Location: Devon Community Centre
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 8+ years


Sunday, May 7

Music Jam for Mental Health

In partnership with Pioneer 73 Club, join us for a special evening of their legendary music jam event, featuring The Farm Boys Band and Devon’s own Rik Cormier on fiddle. Bring your instrument to play along or simply come and enjoy the vibe… singing, dancing and music… snacks and refreshments too. Everyone welcome! Don't forget, you can book the community bus to get there and back (free for this event only - within Devon) 780-910-1960. Must be booked by noon, Thursday, May 4.

  • Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Place: Devon Community Centre
  • Ages: All
  • Cost: Free

Any questions: call 780-987-8325



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