November 2018
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Alberta Initiatives

#IBelieveYou 2018

Post secondary campuses across Alberta held events and booths for this year's #IBelieveYou campaign as we continue to build a culture of believing.

Over the past three years, the campaign has increased the number of Albertans who would give a positive, compassionate response to a sexual assault survivor from 21% to 77%, and the number who would use the words I believe you from less than 1% to 21%. This is a tremendous shift in a short time.

Sixty videos were created for the campaign by post secondary staff and students, as well as Alberta's specialized sexual assault support centres. If you missed them, visit the AASAS YouTube channel to view. The videos answer the question #IBelieveYou...Now What? as we look at ways to continue to support those who've experienced sexual violence.

The Ghomeshi Effect is Touring Alberta

Don't miss your chance to see this dance-theatre performance, which tackles the topic of sexual violence head-on. 

"The Ghomeshi Effect is a poignant and thought-provoking experience."

"The content is simultaneously triggering and empowering, simply given the act of restoring a voice to those who feel unheard or ignored in these politically divisive times."

 "Through sheer human emotion and compassion, The Ghomeshi Effect tells the most private and vulnerable stories a person could hold inside of them, with grace, power and respect."

"The Ghomeshi Effect is a much needed addition to the conversation about sexual assault and has already sparked conversation over the treatment of survivors by the justice system."

All performances are followed by a talk-back with expert panellists from each community. 

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 7:30pm
Cochrane RancheHouse Theatre

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 7:30pm
Wright Theatre
Mount Royal University

Medicine Hat
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Medicine Hat College Theatre
Presented by the City of Medicine Hat

Red Deer
Friday, November 9, 2018 | 7:30pm
Red Deer Memorial Centre
Presented by Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC)

Sunday, November 11, 2018 | 7:00pm
Myer Horowitz Theatre
University of Alberta
Presented by the Faculty of Arts, the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, English and Film Studies and Political Science, the Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the Dean of Students

Fort McMurray
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 7:00pm
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts
Presented by Waypoints and Arts Council Wood Buffalo

In the News

AASAS Staffer Recognized as YYC Top 40 Under 40

AASAS is so proud that Corinne Ofstie, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, has been recognized as one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40. She is so incredibly deserving.

Corinne works tirelessly towards an Alberta free of sexual violence and is an amazing team member - not just to everyone in the organization, but with every committee she participates in and to AASAS member agencies. Her work has an impact in the city of Calgary, province of Alberta and across the country. We feel very privileged that she has chosen to work with AASAS and support those who've experience sexual violence in such a driven, professional and positive way. Congratulations Corinne!

Read all about the award in Avenue Magazine.

Training Opportunities

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

What will Participants Learn?

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.

Upcoming training dates:
Nov 1-2 Grande Prairie (Private Training)
Nov 3-4 Grande Prairie (Private Training)
Nov 5-6 Fort McMurray (Private Training)
Dec 6-7 Olds (Private Training)
Dec 6-7 Calgary (Registration Open)
Dec 11-12 Edmonton (Session Full)
Jan 29-30 Bonnyville (Registration Open)

Please visit the AASAS website regularly for new training dates.

If you would like to coordinate a First Responder Training in your community, organization, or institution – please email AASAS.

Member Agency Events & Updates

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is hosting The Ghomeshi Effect, a documentary dance-theatre performance which offers a nuanced exploration of how the legal system handles sexual assault cases in Canada.
The Ghomeshi Effect will be presented in Red Deer on Friday, November 9 at the Red Deer Memorial Centre (4214 58 St, Red Deer, AB).
Tickets are $5 and are available through The Black Knight Ticket Centre (in person or online at or at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (A201, 5212 48 St, Red Deer, AB). High school students receive complimentary entrance at the door with a valid high school id.
2018 Lakeland BOYA Winner: Outstanding Non-Profit

Dragonfly Counselling and Support Centre: Sexual Assault Services (DCSC) was recently recognized with one of the highest honours from the regional community. On Friday, October 11 members of the DCSC danced up the red carpet to accept their Outstanding Non-Profit Award.

The Businesses of the Year Awards awards are hosted by Bonnyville Chamber of Commerce and Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cheryl Bujold, Executive Director, thanked the community and Centre funders and partners for their support and shared that the drastic increase in the Centre's clientele numbers is actually a step in the right direction, "It means that Albertan's in the Northeast Region of Alberta are feeling safe and comfortable to come forward and access services." She continued to share that, "hope and healing are happening, and that is a very good thing."  

An article in the Bonnyville Nouvelle details the awards.
2018 Red Deer & District BOYA: Not for Profit

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) was awarded with the Not-for-profit of the Year Award at the 2018 Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards on October 17th.
The annual award ceremony was held at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. Five awards were given out during the ceremony including the Young Entrepreneurs Award among Business of the Year Awards in various employee size categories.
CASASC was one of three finalists in the inaugural not-for-profit category, including the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre and the Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta.
The evening featured a cocktail and canape hour, opening messages from the Chamber CEO, MLAs, mayors and videos on each finalist.
Grande Prairie Breakfast With The Guys 10th Anniversary
Join Pace on Tuesday, November 13th at the Grande Prairie Regional College for the 10th Annual Breakfast With The Guys. This event brings leaders together from business, sport, industry, government, culture, and social service to inform and inspire action to help end gender based violence.

Domestic violence is a human issue. Enjoy a free pancake breakfast and hear from our special local guest speaker Mike Anderson as he explores different aspects of domestic and sexual violence, including the root causes, and moves attendees to do something about it.

This event is free to attend, however by registering to attend online you will be entered to win an all inclusive Oil City Hockey Bundle, valued at over $700, complete with two hockey tickets, pre-paid accommodations and much more. The winner of this awesome package will be drawn at the event, and must be present to claim it. 
Welcoming the Community 

On October 25, Dragonfly Counselling and Support Centre (DCSC) welcomed all community members to come and view their "hub" office space during their Open House event.  DCSC recently moved from the local community centre to downtown Bonnyville.

Community partners came from as far as Kikino, and Fishing Lake Metis Settlements to tour the Centre and take in the inviting and calm atmosphere. The feedback proved extremely positive, "Dragonfly is an awesome, caring place for everyone," expressed Donna from local Lakeland Centre for FASD. 

Community members had a chance to sign the "I Believe You" banner that is now hanging in the DCSC office - it provides hopeful messages for those who've experienced sexual violence and is part of the provincial #IBelieveYou campaign.

Read more about their new space in the Bonnyville Nouvelle.
Take Back The Night March - Grande Prairie
Family Violence Prevention Month started in 1986 as a local initiative in the town of Hinton where four remarkable Albertan's, Katherine Kennedy, Sonja Bennett, Faye Wheeler and Glenda Carter, formed The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence and launched Alberta’s very first family violence education and prevention campaign.

The Society’s goals were to draw public attention to the issue and to evoke positive change in their community. This led to expanding local supports and services for individuals and families in the areas of prevention, protection and rehabilitation.

At a time when family violence was never talked about publicly, these courageous women inspired the Alberta Legislature to recognize every November, Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta. Today their legacy continues. Hundreds of Alberta communities and thousands of individuals are actively involved in preventing family violence by providing public education and services. The colour purple has been used for many years, all over the world, in support of family violence prevention. It’s also the colour of our campaign here in Alberta.

Grande Prairie's local Prevention of Family Violence Network would like to formally invite the community to join in the Annual 'Take Back the Night’ March starting at 5:00 pm at Muskoseepi Park Pavillion for food, warm beverages and sign making. At 6:30pm the March around Muskoseepi Park will kick off.. 
Personal Safety and Wellness Program

Frog Lake School has partnered with Dragonfly Counselling and Support Centre (DCSC) to launch their Personal Safety and Wellness Program over the course of the school year.

The purpose of this program is to teach children and youth effective personal safety strategies in a fun, age-appropriate and interactive way that builds resiliency skills and reduces their likelihood of victimization in the online and offline world. Topics include healthy relationships, safe and responsible use of technology, addressing high-risk behaviour, sending pictures online, as well as building capacity to handle difficult situations and knowing when to seek help.  This program meets the objectives outlined within the Alberta Health and Wellness curriculum.  
Specialized education and support workers will deliver the program on a monthly basis, creating a presence and building rapport with children, youth and the school community, while tackling a new theme each month.  The great thing about this program is the consistent presence and messaging of key information over a one-year school term.  
Lessons and topics are geared towards three age groups, with specific activities designed for each grade level.  Age groups consist of:
  • Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Grades 4-8
  • Grades 9-12.  
DCSC is grateful to the leadership, parents, staff and students of Frog Lake School who are committed to work together to launch this great initiative! 
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