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Central AB Child Advocacy Centre one step closer to reality

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  • Red Deer, Alberta, June 15, 2018: The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is thrilled to announce that the next phase in planning for its new Centre of Excellence on Red Deer College’s main campus is now underway.

    On Thursday, June 14, RDC’s Board of Governors approved a resolution to move forward to request Government of Alberta approval through an Order in Council to lease a portion of land on the RDC campus to the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. This request builds on the memorandum of understanding that CACAC and RDC entered into earlier this year, and it represents the partners’ commitment to work together to explore options that will meet the needs of Central Albertans.

    Mark Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the CACAC, together with the centre’s staff and service partners, couldn’t be more pleased with this announcement. “Supporters of the centre have worked tirelessly since the formation of the coalition group who were determined to help with the desperate need for child advocacy in Central Alberta. We are collectively changing the way Central Alberta responds to child abuse. We opened in our temporary facility November 2017, and the statistics have been staggering of how many cases have been processed. The need for our planned Centre of Excellence is proven, and we are going to be working hard to raise the funds to bring it to fruition. These children need us, the community needs us, and the future of our society depends on it.”

    The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization, governed by a board of directors that works in an integrative partnership with the Central Region Child and Family Services, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice, Alberta Education, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, and the RCMP to better service children, youth and families impacted by sexual abuse and the most serious/complex cases of physical abuse and neglect.

    The centre has professionals onsite dealing with the criminal, child protection, medical and psychological needs of child victims and their families. Onsite professionals include police officers, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and crown prosecutors with the common goals of: improved timeliness in the coordinated assessment and investigation of child abuse cases; increased access to support and therapeutic resources for the child and their family; enhanced collaboration among partners; more efficient and effective use of resources; increased knowledge and awareness of child abuse in the community.

    Working collaboratively, we achieve greater results than any partner could on their own. It blends investigation, treatment, prevention, education and research with expertise to provide an integrated practice approach: wrapping around children and always “working in the best interests of the child”.

    Learn more about the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre by clicking this link.

     


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    Come see the planes and the cars at Props and Pistons – Part 2

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  • The Red Deer Airport is happy to once again host the Props and Pistons Show and Shine, May 26thin support of the Red Deer Food Bank. Last year, with thousands in attendance, the Red Deer Airport was able to raise $4,035.29 Cash, and 2,305 lbs of food in a short 5 hours! With Airplanes and vehicles on display, and dozens of food trucks on site, it is a fantastic way to spend the day and explore the many businesses that reside at the Red Deer Airport (including flying schools, fire suppression, general aviation, and civil air search and rescue!). This year’s event will also feature a few special aviation guests who are sure to please the crowd!

    As always, parking is free at the Red Deer Airport, and admission to this event is a cash or food donation for our Red Deer Food Bank. There will be trophies awarded for Fan Voted favorites in Aviation and Vehicle categories!

    Looking to learn more about ways the Red Deer Airport was able to give back to the community in 2018? Visit our AGM on May 9thfor more information, and your chance to win Gift Certificates from Swoop, Westjet, and Sunwing Vacations!

    For any questions regarding the Props and Pistons Show and Shine, or our AGM held May 9th, please feel free to contact Nicole Holinaty at n.holinaty@flyreddeer.com, or 403-352-1908.


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    Massive Food Bank Drive in South Red Deer this Saturday

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  • Submitted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 

    Spring Food Drive a Big Help for Red Deer Food Bank

    Red Deer families volunteer their time in massive South Red Deer food drive taking place this week.

    The cupboards are getting very bare at the Red Deer Foodbank. Alberta’s economic downturn has been challenging for Central Alberta families and many have turned to the Red Deer Food Bank for help. “This past year, the Red Deer Food Bank helped more than 20,000 people,” says Alice Kolisnyk, Deputy Director of the Red Deer Food Bank. “The food is going out as fast as it’s coming in. We always see an increase in donations at Christmas, but those donations are depleted now.”

    A spring food drive organized by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Red Deer has become an important way for the Red Deer Food Bank to stock its shelves. Bags will be delivered to the doorsteps of homes on the south side of the city this week and they will be picked up on Saturday April 27 between 10 am and 12 noon and delivered to the Red Deer Food Bank.

    The spring food drive is absolutely crucial for us,” Kolinsky says. “So many families need help to make ends meet – 35 to 40 percent of our clients are children.”

    All south-area residents are reminded to please support the food bank by leaving a food donation on their doorstep this Saturday. Anyone whodoes not get a yellow bag in their mailbox next week is more than welcome to bring donations to the Bower chapel (3002 47th Ave) between 10 am and noon on Saturday, April 27.

    We do a fall food drive in the north half of the city and a spring food drive in the south half of the city every year,” says Allison Strate, Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator. “Red Deer citizens have been very generous and together the two food drives typically bring in between 18,000 -20,000 kg of food.” The Red Deer Food Bank is hoping that Red Deer residents will support this food drive, so they can continue to do the important work of assisting Central Alberta families.


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