David Wolfe, Founding Partner of the Fourth R, has been named as a new Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Each of the named scholars and alumna were elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Election to the academies of the RSC is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Founded in 1882, the RSC comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. Its mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world. Western now has a total of 68 Fellows, starting with Microbiology and Biochemistry professor Robert Murray in 1958.

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The Fourth R responds to Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum changes
July 26, 2018

The Fourth R does not believe that it is in the best interest of the well-being of Ontario students to revert back to the 1998 sexual health curriculum. This outdated curriculum does not explore many issues faced by students today nor does it equip our youth with the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships and explore the many concepts connected with mental health. Although we always welcome the opportunity to contribute to curriculum consultations and think it is a good idea to improve on existing curriculum, we do not think it should be done when it compromises our students learning and development. We urge the Ontario Government to keep the current Health curriculum (including the Human Development and Sexual Health content) in place until after the proposed review is completed.

For more information, please contact:

Claire Crooks
Director, Centre for School Mental Health
Faculty of Education, Western University
519-661-2111 x 89245


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“The Fourth R training and resources were exactly what our district needed this year as we implemented the revised physical and health education curriculum in British Columbia. The Fourth R lessons address the holistic model of health that we are trying to promote. Teachers loved that the lessons were engaging, interactive and comprehensive. We would recommend this program to all school districts.” – Gail Markin, District Teacher Counsellor (Supporting Physical and Health Education), Langley School District No. 35

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