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#WithGlowingHearts thanks employers who support Reservists

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#WithGlowingHearts thanks employers who support Reservists

As Canada works to overcome the pandemic challenges, #Reservists are being mobilized to assist. With many thanks to ‪#Employers who support them to do important work on behalf of us all. Employers also have access to tools for support such as “With Glowing Hearts” Reservist Support Program & CERP (Compensation for Employers of Reservist Program). When Employers support Reservists, they too serve our country. Thank you! @CFLCCA ‪#CAF.

Reservists play an integral role in the companies and organizations they work for outside of their military careers.  Here are three interviews that were conducted in Edmonton in 2019. They showcase the way employers and reservists support each other.  If you’re an employer who is considering hiring a Reservist, these videos will provide some real world insights from both employers and reservists.

Here is an interview with Sean Pascek, Vice President with Prostar Energy/Well Service about the benefits his company has gained from employing reservist Master Corporal Wolfgang Brettner as their company’s Safety Manager. Interview was conducted in summer of 2019

Meet Kevin MacLeod, interviewed here in his role as Managing Senior Principal of Stantec Geomatix and Captain Vikesh Malhi, a reservist and Project Manager with Stantec.  Interview was conducted in summer of 2019.

Cory Stockley, Dispatch Manager with Tag Logistics and Master Warrant Officer Andrew Gordey discuss their relationship and the mutual benefits of having a reservist on staff. 

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About the Canadian Forces Liaison Council:  The Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) is a national organization comprised of over 200 senior executives and community leaders within the private and public sectors who volunteer their time to encourage employer/educator support for the Reserve Force.

We work in partnership with the Department of National Defence to engage employers, educational institutions and other organizations to emphasise how valuable reserve service is to Canadian communities and the defence of Canada. The CFLC’s objective is to raise awareness among organizations and show how they can benefit by employing reservists and take advantage of the special leadership and skills training reservists receive.

We aim to educate employers of the special skills that reservists have to enable them to fulfill their military obligations and attend training courses. To do this, the Council has worked with the Defence Team to develop and deliver a wide range of effective employer support programs such as ExecuTreks. Connecting to the business community, these programs inform, engage, educate, recognize and support employers and their reservist employees.

CFLC also delivers provincial and national awards programs to recognize employers and educational institutions who demonstrate, above and beyond, support of Reservists and the Canadian Reserve Force. The Reserves form a critical component of Canada’s Defence Strategy – Strong, Secure, Engaged – and are prepared to answer the demand as our military is increasingly called to action.

WATCH: ‘ExecuTrek’ takes business leaders on a tour of Canada’s largest military training event

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Raising the Bar and Drawing the Line – Men for the Eradication of Violence Against Women

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On December 6, 1989, 14 women were brutally murdered in a gender-based attack on a mechanical engineering classroom at Montreal’s École Polytechnique institution. In an event now widely known as the “Montreal Massacre”, a man entered the classroom armed with a semi-automatic weapon and shouted, “you are all feminists,” while proceeding to open fire on the students.
The tragedy at École Polytechnique sent shockwaves around the world. The horrific event gave rise to a global dialogue regarding the deeply entrenched issue of gender-based violence and its many forms in modern society. 

In 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign was established in Toronto in honor of the 14 women who lost their lives in the Montreal Massacre. White Ribbon is now the largest global movement of men and boys working to “end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.”
With a focus on intersectionality, the organization aims to understand and be an ally to all those who experience gender-based violence and discrimination in a multitude of ways. This means educating the public on and standing up against violence, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny and more.
The White Ribbon itself is a historical reference to breaking the silence, and represents a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about any form of gender-based violence

In the era of MeToo, harmful narratives often emerge in response to discussions of gender-based violence, particularly on the Internet. These include statements such as “not all men” and “men experience violence too” in response to shared experiences of violence perpetrated against women.
White Ribbon aims to increase education and understanding of disproportionate struggle by highlighting how the affirmation of struggle and suffering experienced by women is not the negation of male struggles in a similar arena. “Absolutely not all men have used violence,” states Humberto Carolo, Executive Director at White Ribbon “but all men have to be a part of the solution.” 

“We have to change our responses. Instead of saying not all men, we need to say YES, all men need to step up, speak out, challenge their own behaviors, intervene when they can, and learn about these issues and how they affect women in their communities and around the world.” 

Carolo has been on the front lines of gender-based violence prevention for his entire career, including 16 years with White Ribbon. According to him, his commitment to eradicate gender-based violence is both personal and professional. Being raised in a home where he and his family experienced violence has contributed to a deep conviction that men can – and must – be a part of the solution.
“I am a dad,” he says, “I have 3 sons. I promised myself I would do everything in my power to raise the next generation so they would not go through the things I went through, and the women in their lives would never experience the things the women in my family, and community, did.”

Raising sons to understand the complexities of gender-based violence, while teaching them how to be a part of the solution is a monumental – and absolutely essential – task, rooted specifically in education, discussion, information, and practice.
“The existing process of socialization teaches men and boys in our society to be tough, to be strong, not to cry, to always be in control and always fight back,” says Carolo. “If we as men cannot deal with our feelings and emotions in a healthy way, it results in the extremely toxic use of violence, anger and control that is very harmful to those around us – particularly women and girls.” 

To introduce solutions to a centuries old crisis, tailored educational initiatives are required, according to Carolo. Specifically, teaching men and boys to witness, notice, and accept that what is happening is problematic, while providing them with the tools and knowledge to address the issues and intervene wherever it is possible, and safe, to do so.
White Ribbon’s Draw the Line Campaign provides a series of potential situations and next steps designed to educate students, parents and teachers on the safe and appropriate actions to take in instances of sexual violence. This includes why, when, and how to draw the line. 

Ways to Draw the Line

  • Communicating with a friend to let them know their behavior is not okay 
  • Alerting others to a potentially dangerous situation
  • Reporting the situation to someone you trust
  • Calling 911 in situations of immediate danger
  • Supporting the individual who has been affected by the violent actions

In the 30 years since the launch of the White Ribbon Campaign, the organization and its allies have grown and evolved alongside the changing times. Particularly in response to movements such as MeToo and Black Lives Matter, White Ribbon has continued to develop educational tools, campaigns, and resources to increase awareness, understanding and accessibility. The original call to action, which encourages men and boys to wear white ribbons and sign onto the pledge, remains in place, but is now supplemented by multi-dimensional approaches designed to address systemic factors of violence at their roots.  

The White Ribbon website provides a host of resources for learning how to be an ally, how to respond to ongoing movements for women’s safety and equality in a productive way, how to understand and talk about consent, and so many more. For more information on White Ribbon and how to join the movement against gender-based violence, visit https://www.whiteribbon.ca

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Hidden Valley and Valley Creek Schools Team Up for Traffic Safety with New Signage

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March 31, 2021 – Calgary, AB

The Parent Council of both Hidden Valley and Valley Creek Schools have a new sign in place to show they care about the safety of our children. As part of an ongoing awareness campaign to promote traffic safety this new sign not only draws attention to the school zone, but lists traffic rules and fines to educate and serves as a reminder to drivers in the community.

For several years, in collaboration, the schools have been working hard to educate the students on traffic safety education and awareness. In 2019, Hidden Valley School Parent Council received a Traffic Safety Fund Grant from the Ministry of Transportation to help with this goal and they been continuing to inform the community and students since.

From in-class instruction by the Calgary Police Service, to Street Safe Activity Books and Hug N’ Go flags in front of the school, the safety of students has been the number one goal. In order to alleviate some of the traffic congestion during bell times, the school hosts an annual walk/wheel week each spring to promote active school travel to students and their families.

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