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March 2017 AASAS E-News Flash

In This Issue:

  1. Chris Henderson Life Time Service Award 
  2. “ManEnough?” program
  3. First Responder Trainings – Locations and Dates
  4. Save the Date #SAAM events

Our Connie Miller awarded Chris Henderson Life Time Service Award

Connie Miller, Assistant Executive Director of Pace Centre - Grande Prairie recently was awarded the Chris Henderson Lifetime Service Award! Connie was recognized for her compassion, dedication and hard work at the 11th Annual Passionate Heart Spirit of Service Awards honoring workers in the fields of social services.

Connie has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary and she has worked in the field of Trauma over 34 years.  She is currently the Assistant Executive Director of Pace, the Sexual Trauma Center for the northwest region of the province.  In the pasts Connie has held positions with the Child Abuse Team at both the Holy Cross and Alberta Childrens Hospitals.  As well as her clinical practice Connie has had an active role in training volunteers, community helpers and professionals.  She is a provincial mentor for both the ASIST training program and the AASAS First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training program.  She has instructed Social Work courses for the University of Calgary and supervised a number of degree students through several different institutions.  Connie is passionate about building community capacity to respond to trauma and meet the needs of victims.


Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) “ManEnough?” Program

CCASA is excited to once again be hosting the “ManEnough?” Program! We know that men are often faced with the question “are you man enough?” This question usually brings to mind images of boys or men challenging the “manliness” of their peers and encouraging them to measure up to a stereotypical idea of what a man should be. 

Throughout the “ManEnough?” Program men will be invited to have a series of conversations in which they can consider what it means to be a “man” by exploring topics such as: 

  • Gender and Healthy Sexuality 
  • Male Privilege 
  • Men’s Violence Against Women 
  • Male Culture and Media 
  • Pornography 

Participants are also encouraged to examine attitudes and beliefs that contribute to gender inequality and embrace the power they have to influence a culture accepting of violence. 


Registration for the “ManEnough?” Program closes March 6th, 2017. If you know anyone that might be interested please let them know that they can RSVP to Joe McGuire and Ash Rahmani as soon as possible. 

Upcoming First Responder to Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Trainings:

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training is a 2 day workshop that will provide participants with education and skill development in the following areas:

  • Definitions, myths & laws about the various types of sexual abuse & sexual assault – child sexual abuse, responding to adults who were sexually abused as children, sexual harassment and sexual assault
  • Training in immediate & long term impacts of sexual abuse & sexual assault
  • Teaches skills to respond to disclosures of sexual abuse & sexual assault

Date - Location        


Mar. 8 - 9, 2017 - Bonnyville    

Mar. 16 - 17, 2017 - Oyen        

Apr. 3 - 4, 2017 - Edmonton    

May. 9 - 10, 2017 - Calgary

For information and register click here.


This training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and/or report to police. First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training is a comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.

Save the Date!  MAY #SAAM Events

AASAS along with Sexual Assault Centres in Alberta are gearing up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) this May!  AASAS will be sure to update you through our Monthly E-News Flash and social media platforms on the awareness raising initiatives and events throughout May.

Here is a snippet of what we can look forward to:

PACE Sexual Assault Centre Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 


Saffron Sexual Assault Centre CONSENT EVENT Walk & Fun Run

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