AASAS Monthly News Flash

October 2014

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AASAS Happenings

AASAS Annual General Meeting
On September 26th AASAS held its 2013-2014 Annual General Meeting. Many of the individuals that were in attendance have been working to address sexual violence in their communities upward of 40 + years. This is a testament to the unending passion and commitment of the Member Centres and Services in our provincial network that are working tirelessly to create healthy communities and end sexual violence in our province.

In the last year, our AASAS Member Agencies through the delivery of the core services (crisis intervention, counselling, prevention education, police and court support among others), were able to reach over 175,000 individuals throughout our province. This would not be possible without the dedication of our front line member services; our funders and donors; and the support of our Government of Alberta partners, in particular the Ministry of Human Services; the Ministry of Health, and Justice and Solicitor General.

For our AGM, we had representation from our eleven AASAS member sexual assault centres/services throughout the province, as well as our AASAS Senior Leadership committee and provincial Board of Directors.  We were also honored to have the Minister of Human Services, Honorable Heather Klimchuk in attendance.

We are extremely thankful that sexual violence and child sexual abuse are included as priorities for the Government of Alberta for the future and are excited to work with our government leaders to address public policy and social change around these issues.

Lisa Oracheski, AASAS Board President, Honourable Heather Klimchuck, Minister of Human Services and Debra Tomlinson, AASAS CEO.

To view the 2013-2014 AASAS Annual Report and see the highlights of the past year and the many exciting initiatives we are have undertaken click here.

AASAS Member Agency/Services Initiatives:

Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC)
SARC is offering a two day Brighter Communities Together Conference in Medicine Hat on October 28th and 29th, 2014.

The focus of this conference is to build capacity, confidence and networking opportunities that can lead to the development of enhanced collaborative approaches specific to family and sexual violence. Participants will increase knowledge and skills to address victims, survivors and offenders including assessment, intervention and support. 

For more information or to register, link here.

P.A.C.E. Grande Prairie
P.A.C.E. Sexual Assault Centre in Grande  Prairie is hosting a collection of fall 2014 workshops, Community Support Training (CST), to provide valuable information about the social issues that affect all of us in both our personal and professional lives.

For more information on the various Community Support Training workshops please click here.

Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre
LSAIC is offering a two day trauma informed training session on October 28th and 29th 2014, for service providers with training and experience in counselling to explore new paradigms and challenge the traditional understanding of the recovery and healing process.

For more information and to register please click here.

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC)
CASASC is launching a sexual assault campaign called 'I Respect' aimed at educating the public and preventing sexual assault rather than dealing with the pain and emotional suffering after this crime has occurred.

To see the full media release for more information about this campaign please click here

To print the downloadable pledge sheet for the campaign please click here

AASAS Staff Supporting CASASC I Respect....

Corinne Ofstie, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Barbara Hagen, Collaborative Community Response Coordinator

 ***To find out more about AASAS member agencies/services or to link directly to their websites, please visit the AASAS website member link here.

Please forward this to anyone you think would benefit from learning about what the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services and its member agencies/services are doing to work towards an Alberta free from sexual violence.
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