May 2018
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Alberta Initiatives

Provincial Government Proclaims Sexual Violence Awareness Month 

Today ten ministries in the government of Alberta came together and made a commitment to address sexual violence in the province. 

Premier Rachel Notley also proclaimed May as Sexual Violence Awareness Month #SVAM. 

This is a historic day because Sexual Violence can and will only be addressed if we all come together and take action.

This commitment shows that our government understands that addressing sexual violence will not only benefit survivors, but this commitment means healthy and safe communities for every Albertan.

From here on in, every May, Albertans will hear about the importance of ending sexual violence, steps you can take as individuals so that every member of our province can be healthy and safe. The 12 sexual assault centres in Alberta have awareness raising activities planned throughout the whole month of May - see event listing below.

"Together, in partnership with the Government of Alberta, we will keep working in support of survivors, in support of all Albertans, until one day we live in an Alberta that is free from sexual violence," Deb Tomlinson, CEO of AASAS.

Member Agency #SVAM Events

CCASA Sexual Assault Awareness Booth

Join Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse May 1st for a Sexual Assault Awareness Booth.

They will be kicking off Sexual Assault Awareness Month from the Sheldon M. Chumir Centre​ in Calgary.

Stop by to see them from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the main entrance.

Come by and get some information around sexual assault awareness,CCASA services and resources, and meet some of the staff to learn more about who CCASA is and what they do.

Join Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centreas they kick off Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM)!

Special guests from the City and County of Grande Prairie will attend for an official proclamation at 11am followed by the annual Community Open House and Staff Chili Cook Off!

Meet the fabulous staffers, take a tour of the office, and help decide which Pace Staffer takes home the title of "CHILI MASTER CHEF."

This event is free, at the Pace offices, open to the community, and LUNCH IS ON PACE! 
The Dragonfly Centre  is participating at an event on May 3rd  called "Go Girl" at the C2 Centre where they will be doing several 30 minutes sessions of "Teen Body and Mind" - an activity focused on self esteem. They are also doing a full day of Educational presentations from K-G12 at Legoff School in May 8th.
Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Gala

On May 5th head to your nearest Grande Prairie Shopper's Drug Mart location for a complimentary skin care consultation and makeup application as well as gift bags full of goodies for attendees. All cosmetic purchases will be 20X the PC Optimum points, and every brand that Shopper's Beauty carries will be offering a gift with purchase.

Tickets are $10. $5 will support Pace and the remaining $5 is a couple that can be used towards any Gala day purchase.

Be sure to book an appointment early as spots fill up quickly!
Join Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre on May 7th for a FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING AND CONVERSATION CAFE for the film TOUGH GUISE 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture.

In the highly acclaimed sequel to Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist JACKSON KATZ provides a stunning look at the sexist, homophobic, and self-destructive messages that target boys and young men and shows how these messages combine to normalize and glamorize violent forms of masculinity. The result is a powerful rebuke to the idea that being a man requires putting up a false front, disrespecting others, and acting out violently.

Exploration and conversation of the films topics and themes with Pace Facilitators Heather King and Buffy MacIntosh will follow. This is a FREE EVENT however pre-registration is required

Please contact or 780-539-6692 to reserve your spot. Space is limited. Pizza courtesy of Pizza Hut!
Stettler Shimmy Mob!

Be part of a worldwide movement to create awareness and raise funds for family violence services! Stettler will host the second annual Shimmy Mob on May 12th, with dancers from Stettler and other Alberta communities, other entertainment, food and fun!

All funds raised will support programs at ACAA as well as the Society for Prevention of Family Violence in Stettler & area. You can get involved by: DANCING, SPONSORING, VOLUNTEERING or coming out to enjoy the event! 

Contact  ACAA for more information or to join the event: 403-742-3558,

Learn about Shimmy Mob at
Self-Compassion Saturday in Fort McMurray

A morning of yoga and self-compassion mindfulness on May 12th. Bring a yoga mat and an open mind. Coffee, tea, water and morning snacks will be provided. Free to all. Donations to Waypoints Fort McMurray are welcome.

Time and location To Be Determined.
Visit Waypoints for more details
On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) will be hosting its 5th annual fundraising and awareness gala in the beautiful Hall D at the Shaw Conference Centre with an anticipated 500 guests in attendance. This year's event, We Believe: Let's Move Forward Together will be an evening of excellent dining and exceptional entertainment dedicated to growing communities free of sexual violence. As this year's keynote speaker we are thrilled to feature Tarana Burke, creator of the #metoo campaign and one of the "Silence Breakers" honoured with Time Magazine's Person of the Year Award.
#IRespect Day

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre is celebrating sexual violence awareness month with the #IRespect day on May 25th

Attend the celebration at Red Deer City Hall Park - official remarks at 1:00pm.

Join Saffron Centre for their 3rd Annual Consent Event Fun Run/Walk!!! All money raised will go directly in supporting those who have been impacted by sexual violence.

This year they have added some extra incentives to our pledges. If you can raise $1000 for SAFFRON, you will receive a $100 gift card to a place of your choice!! You can download a Pledge Form on our Facebook Page!  Sign up today at Running Room Website!

Join Waypoints Fort McMurray for the screening of this documentary.

Refreshments at 5:30pm
Screening at 7:00pm
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