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Cash prize nearing 100 thousand in the 50/50 lottery for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

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Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre

CACAC 50/50 Cash Lottery Deadline:
Sunday, March 8th @ 11pm!

Draw Date: March 17th, 2020

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Our One Day Challenge Success

Thank you to everyone who took the Challenge on February 26th and bought their tickets in recognition of the 865 Children we have supported.

We not only reached our goal –
we exceeded it!

Selling: 981 Ticket Packages
25,713 Individual Tickets
Totaling $45,140 in sales!

Why Buy?
Your ticket supports the efforts of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. The CACAC has helped over 884 children from all around Alberta who have been impacted from abuse. Funds raised will support the development and implementation of prevention programs across Central Alberta in a variety of platforms, including social, health and education – a crucial component in ending child abuse.

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Order by Phone: 587-272-2233

 

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children. The Centre is comprised of a collective that is driven by the courage to support children, youth, and their families affected by abuse, enabling them to build enduring strength and overcome adversity. We work in a collaborative partnership with the Central Region Children's Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre and the RCMP. Together we harness our collective courage to provide children with supported recovery. It takes courage and bravery for a child to share their story of abuse, for families to bring their children forward, to believe, to listen without judgement, and to seek justice. Supporting the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre today is an investment in the promise and possibility of a healthy future for our children and our community.

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Alberta

Red Deer Recovery Community will offer hope for residents from Central Alberta and around the world

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Central Albertans won’t be the only ones paying close attention to the official opening of the Red Deer Recovery Community next month. According to Marshall Smith, Chief of Staff to Premier Danielle Smith, jurisdictions from across North America will be looking to the Red Deer Recovery Community for potential answers to their own issues. Red Deer Recovery Community will be the first of 11 the province is opening over the coming months.

Cities across North America and beyond have been battling an addictions crisis, and losing. As the number of homeless people and the number of fatal overdoses continues to rise, cities are looking for new solutions. After years of slipping further behind, Alberta has decided on a new approach to recovery and Marshall Smith has been leading the charge.

Smith is a recovering addict himself.  A political organizer from BC, he once worked for former Premier Gordon Campbell.  His own crisis started with alcohol, then moved to cocaine dependency before he eventually succumbed to methamphetamine use.  The successful political operative found himself without work and living on the street for over four years. Eventually he benefited from a 35 day stay in a publicly funded recovery centre in BC.

Former Alberta Premier Jason Kenney brought Smith to Alberta to head up the UCP’s addictions and recovery file.  His personal experiences and incredible comeback story are at the heart of Alberta’s new approach.

While the success of recovery programs vary, Marshall Smith and Dr. Christina Basedow of the Edgewood Health Network (operators of Red Deer Recovery Community) say with the right treatment and the right amount of time, they expect a very high rate of successful recoveries.  Smith says the province won’t give up on patients, even if some have to go through more than once.

The Recovery Community is central to this new approach, but patients who will be able to stay for up to a year, will need somewhere to go when they leave. This week the province also announced the Bridge Healing Transitional Accommodation Program in Edmonton.  This “second stage” housing will ensure former addicts have a place to stay upon leaving addiction treatment centres. This will be their home in the critical days following treatment when they need to reestablish their lives by finding work or educational opportunities.

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston feels the 75 bed Recovery Community will be transformation for Central Alberta. Mayor Johnston says all Central Albertans will play an important role in helping former addicts when they leave the Recovery Community.

Construction of the Red Deer Recovery Community is all but complete.

Thursday, municipal and provincial politicians toured the facility and were introduced to the operators of the new facility. Dr Christina Basedow, Western VP of Edgewood Health Network teamed up with Nicholas Milliken, Alberta’s Mental Health and Addiction Minister, to take questions about operations.

Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan, Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston, Dr. Christina Basedow, Minister Nicholas Milliken, Red Deer North MLA Adriana LaGrange

Premier Danielle Smith made the trip to Central Alberta to offer support for the project and see the facility first hand.

Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston and Premier Danielle Smith listen to Chief of Staff Marshall Smith 

Marshall Smith explains aspects of the Recovery Community to Premier Danielle Smith, Red Deer Mayor Ken Johnston and Red Deer MLA’s Adriana LaGrange and Jason Stephan

In the days leading up to an official opening expected in February, Edgewood Health Network is finalizing the admission process which will see the first batch of up to 75 people suffering addictions moving into single and double occupied rooms.

Typical double occupancy room at Red Deer Recovery Community

The new 75-bed facility, will begin accepting residents battling addictions in February.  Those residents will stay for up to a full year accessing medications, programming and developing life skills.

In the meantime the province expects a recovery industry will be developing in Red Deer including second stage housing opportunities and counselling.

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Alberta

Springbrook man charged in meth, fentanyl, and cocaine bust

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Alberta RCMP charge three men in drug trafficking investigation

A joint operation between the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) unit and Red Deer RCMP’s General Investigative Section has resulted in charges laid against three men for drug trafficking in the Calgary and Red Deer area.

As a result of this drug investigation, RCMP seized:

  • 2.1 kg of methamphetamine
  • 1.3 kg of fentanyl
  • 238.2 grams of cocaine
  • $10,000 cash

Brandon Schnell, 39, a resident of Calgary, has been charged with:

  • Trafficking in Substance contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (x6);
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code (x2).

Kevin Gallagher, 38, a resident of Springbrook, was arrested and charged with:

  • Trafficking in Substance contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (x6);
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code (x4); and,
  • Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 355.2 of the Criminal Code (x2).

Gallagher is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 1, 2022.

A 26-year-old resident of Calgary was previously arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose Trafficking contrary to section 5(1) of theControlled Drugs and Substances Act (x3); and,
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000 contrary to section 355(a) of the Criminal Code.

That individual appeared in Calgary Provincial Court on Oct. 26, 2022.

“This investigation exemplifies the importance of strong working relationships between the Federal Policing Program and the many RCMP detachments in Alberta. This joint operation disrupted a drug trafficking operation and targeted individuals that would have caused greater harm to our communities.”

–       S/Sgt. Kent Dahl, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime

“Through excellent investigational work and effective interagency collaboration, this drug trafficking network was disrupted and dangerous drugs were prevented from entering a number of Alberta communities. We are very proud of the work of both our GIS team and of those in FSOC.”

–       Insp. Heidi Ravenhill, Red Deer RCMP

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