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New coordinator for parent program

Sun Country Regional Health Authority recently hired a new coordinator for its Parent Mentoring Program.

Laurie Kleppe-Snelling, a social worker who has worked in the field for 15 years, is the new coordinator.

The Parent Mentoring Program, based on a provincial model, is intended to enhance and increase the success of pregnancy, child health and development and parental life choices for parents in this area who request this assistance.

"Studies suggest that caregivers (parents, grandparents, family members) who receive mentoring support gain enhanced self-confidence, parenting skills, and ultimately require less long term help from child and family based services," says Laurie.

"We expect the program to increase parenting knowledge and abilities, continuing education, obtaining employment, learning to access community services, and make responsible and appropriate use of medical services," she says.

The program fills a gap and provides practical support and assistance to people who are pregnant and/or parenting a child to 5 years of age. Caregivers are matched with appropriate volunteer mentors for a period of one year or more, says Laurie.

Mentors provide support, role modelling, information, practical assistance, and friendship to caregivers. These services take place in the home or community at a time that is convenient to the mentor and parent. For interested volunteers, this provides an opportunity to both focus on parenting and help to strengthen families.

Laurie will coordinate pairing volunteer mentors with families, and also provide information to interested groups located within Sun Country Regional Health Authority.

For more information, please contact: Laurie Kleppe-Snelling; Parent Mentoring Program; Sun Country Health Region - Community Health Services Building - 900 Saskatchewan Drive; Weyburn, SK S4H 2Z9; Phone 306-842-8668; Fax: 306-842-8692; Email:

Media: For more information, please contact Laurie Kleppe-Snelling at 842-8668.

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