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Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre adds cuddly canine to the crew

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Facility Dog for the CACAC

A new support for all children + youth of the Child Advocacy Centre

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is excited to announce their newest member of the team: Quinn, the CACAC Facility Dog. The CAC has long awaited their own facility dog, and is elated to welcome Quinn – a new, and great, measure of support for our children.

 

Quinn is a 3.5 year old Labrador Retriever x Golden Retriever, and is a recent Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog Society (DWW) graduate! He was born in Burnaby, British Colombia and joined the Dogs with Wings program from the Assistance Dogs International Breeding Cooperation with other service dog schools. During Quinn’s puppyhood, he captured many people’s hearts, including the hearts of a family from Edmonton, the Chappell Family. This family recently lost their father, Allan, in a tragic car accident and made a memorial donation to Dogs with Wings. With this donation, Quinn became their sponsored dog and their partial sponsorship donation made it possible for Quinn to excel through the Dogs with Wings’ program.

Becca Glackin, another recent member of the CACAC team, accepted the new role as Facility Dog Handler and began her preparation months ago. At the end of September, after Quinn’s advanced training, Becca and Quinn undertook their Team Training where they met each other for the first time and began their working relationship! Team Training was intensive and hard, and together they worked with the Dogs with Wings staff for seven, 12 hour days.

 

“I can’t wait to see the difference Quinn will make with the kiddos that come to our Centre. He is laser focused when he has his vest on, but at the end of the day a normal and very happy dog. Quinn has a lot of different tools to help break the ice and to give support through the entire CAC process” advised Becca.

 

In 2019 the Royal LePage Network Reality Corp. group chose the CACAC as the Charity of Choice for their annual charity golf tournament. After learning that the CACAC had the opportunity to put their name on the waitlist for a facility dog but just needed help with securing enough funds, the RLP group knew this was what they wanted their proceeds to go towards.

 

Quinn will be an invaluable member of the CACAC Team and will help thousands of children. From their first steps through the door, to the forensic interview and during court – Quinn will be there to support. The CACAC would like to extend a special thank you to Royal LePage Network Reality Corp. for helping to make this dream come true, the DWW program and all of their trainers, the Chappell family and Quinn’s two volunteer foster families (Gil & Theresa, and Monica).

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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Fill those yellow bags to ease shortages at the Red Deer Food Bank

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Article submitted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Red Deer Food Bank is consistently running out of specific food items. On October 23, Red Deer residents in the north half of the city are invited to participate in a food drive to help feed hungry central Alberta families.

It’s not surprising that the Red Deer Food Bank is experiencing increased demand in the middle of a pandemic. While the food bank is doing a good job of meeting the needs of most users, there have been shortages in some food items. “We consistently run out of specific items like Kraft Dinner, canned beans and canned fruit,” explained Mitch Thomson, executive director of the Red Deer Food Bank. “We’ve been holding our own, but we’re consistently unable to provide those items. Forty percent of those served by the Red Deer Food Bank are children and comfort foods like macaroni and cheese is always in demand.” Other items that are always in demand include canned vegetables, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, and canned dinners like beefaroni and hearty soups. All food
donations are used and appreciated.

How COVID has Affected the Red Deer Food Bank

The citizens of Red Deer have been very supportive of the Red Deer Food Bank and that has allowed the food bank to meet the increased needs it has seen since the pandemic began. It’s important to note that the Red Deer Food Bank supports 23 other food banks. It’s the only food bank in central Alberta that is
open five days a week and users come from Red Deer as well as other locations in the region. COVID has also resulted in a decrease in the numbers of volunteers who can assist stocking shelves, assembling and handing out hampers, and sorting donated food.

What’s New at the Red Deer Food Bank

The Red Deer Food Bank is getting a more functional truck to transport food thanks to support from local donors. They’ve also moved bays, so that the warehouse area is now right next to the food bank.

A COVID-Friendly Food Drive

Food drives organized by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Red Deer have become an important way for the Red Deer Food Bank to stock its shelves. The upcoming food drive will involve additional precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Volunteers will drop off bags on the doorsteps of homes beginning on October 18 and then pick them up on October 23 without making any personal contact,” explained Allison Strate, Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator. “The bags will then be transported to the church and be placed on a truck to go to the Red Deer Foodbank. All volunteers will be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. We are hoping it will all run smoothly. We believe we can safely run the spring food drive and with the help of local citizens collect much needed food for those in need.”

How to Participate in the Fall Food Drive

Bags will be delivered to the doorsteps of homes on the north side of the city the week of October 18 and they will be picked up on Saturday October 23 between 10 am and 12 noon and delivered to the Red Deer Food Bank.

All north-area residents are reminded to please support the food bank by leaving a food donation on their doorstep on Saturday, October 23. Anyone who does not get a yellow bag in their mailbox is welcome to bring donations to the Kentwood chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (8 Keast Way) between 10 am and noon on Saturday, October 23. Any community members or groups that would like to assist in delivering or picking up bags are welcome to contact Alison Strate, the Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator at [email protected]

The Red Deer food drives are part of a series of food drives organized by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “The food drive is a huge undertaking with hundreds of volunteers working together for a really important cause,” says Allison Strate, Red Deer Stake Food Drive Coordinator. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to provide an important service to families and individuals who need help from the Red Deer Food Bank to put food on their tables.”

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Trevor’s Story: I Have Anxiety and Depression. Where Can I Get Help?

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Trevor has suffered from anxiety and depression for a while. He had no idea where or how to get help with this. In discussing this with his doctor, he was referred to a Mental Health Counselor at Red Deer Primary Care Network.

Trevor says, “I, the skeptic, didn’t expect that I would get much help but did decide to work with the counselor. I needed to do something. We had 6 sessions together. The counselor provided me with insight on things that should have been so obvious to me but they weren’t. You don’t know what you don’t know. The counselor provided me with very practical and valuable tools. I came away with a different, more positive way to think about things. And it was just great to have a non-judgmental person to listen to me. It is a relief to just be able to tell someone who was really listening about my struggles.

These sessions were so valuable. I am in a much better state than I was. My struggles are not over but I manage to get through each day using the tools and improved mindset that I learned.

If anyone else is struggling like me I recommend no matter if they think it won’t help  just go, go in with an open mind. Even if you just feel you need someone to talk to you will get valuable tools to help manage your situation.”

To learn more about the RDPCN programs, visit www.reddeerpcn.com

Read more Success Stories from the Red Deer Primary Care Network.

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