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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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Cash Lottery for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is back, and it’s bigger

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Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre 50/50 Cash Lottery

 The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is excited to announce that the CACAC 50/50 Cash

Lottery is BACK and bigger than ever!

One lucky winner will walk away with up to $200,000 all while supporting the efforts of the Centre. Tickets start at just $10 – or increase your chances to win with 10 for $25, 25 for $50, and 50 for $75. Minimum guaranteed prize of $80,000!

This year, the lottery is introducing 3 Early Bird Prizes! These prizes include passes to Sunshine Ski + Resort, Hotel Stays, Gift Cards, and much more! Each Early Prize is valued over $850! Deadline for the Early Bird Prizes is December 19th, 2020 – visit the

“We are thrilled to bring back the 5050 for a second year! The success of last years’ lottery allowed us to help more children and families from across Central Alberta; we are hopeful to sellout this year knowing the positive impact that it will have on our Centre. Thanks to our partners and advocates, we have been able to support over 1150 children and youth from 80 communities – giving children a safe place to share their story, and to receive wrap-around support. I am so proud of how many communities have supported our organization over the past 3 years; we truly are Central Alberta’s Child Advocacy Centre. Please consider buying a ticket today to support more children and more families that need our help.” Mark Jones, CACAC CEO

Tickets are available online at www.cacac5050.ca and will be emailed to the purchaser. You can also call the Centre directly to purchase tickets at 587-272-2233. Lottery license number: 563873

The CACAC 50/50 Cash Lottery deadline is January 31st, 2021 at 11:00pm and the draw will take place on February 10, 2021 at 11:00am.

Together, we can end child abuse. Purchase your ticket today to support the CACAC and the children of our community.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is also looking for opportunities to sell their 50/50 Cash Lottery Tickets on location. If you have an event or location you would like to host the CACAC at, please contact Alaine at [email protected] or call 587-272-2233.

For more information on CACAC, please visit: centralalbertacac.ca | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Moustaches for Men’s Health – The Meaning of Movember

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It’s that time of year again! Whether it’s your least favorite month, or this is your time to shine – Movember is back! 

 While the fun is certainly in the facial hair … Movember is more than just the opportunity to fill in those mutton chops or grow a socially acceptable handlebar moustache. The meaning of this month goes further than flexing the best (or worst) facial hair fashion, it’s the chance to take part in a global movement to support and promote men’s health.


“The moustache is something of a Trojan Horse that encourages men to engage with their health and talk about the things they often don’t, but should,” says Mitch Hermansen, Western Canada Lead for Movember, “There’s no such thing as a bad moustache. They can all start conversations and save lives.” 

Founded in 2003 among four friends, Movember is now the world’s leading men’s health charity, with more than 6 million global supporters all committed to changing the narrative surrounding male health and helping men live “happier, healthier, longer lives”.


The average life expectancy of a man is 6 years shorter than that of the average woman. Movember is working to minimize this gap by focusing on the three factors that pose the greatest risk to mens health worldwide: prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide.  

Globally, there are 9.9 million men living with or experiencing the effects of prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, with 1 in 9 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and approximately 1 in 41 men dying as a result.

Testicular cancer is the world’s most common cancer among men ages 15-39, and the American Cancer Society estimates 1 in every 250 males will develop testicular cancer during their lifetime. Education, early detection and effective treatments have put the survival rate for this diagnosis at greater than 95%, however the long-term side effects and impacts can have lasting negative implications on quality of life for survivors. 

The Movember foundation works to minimize the global impact of these dominant male cancers by funding initiatives and collaborating with innovative global organizations that promote education, early detection and personalized and affordable treatment. 

As a holistic men’s health organization, the Movember approach prioritizes mental health as much as physical. Globally, the male suicide rate is shockingly high, with one man dying by suicide every minute of every day, and 6 out of 10 suicides being committed by men (1).

Movember examines and addresses the complex structural factors that contribute to the male suicide rate and keep men from speaking out and seeking help. “We provide men with the tools, avenues and resources to support and engage with their own mental health,” says Hermansen, “as well as ways to support one another.” By facilitating a global conversation surrounding male health and focusing on the three top health risks men currently face worldwide, Movember aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by the year 2030.

This November, there are 4 opportunities to get involved with Movember and contribute to men’s health.

1. Grow your own Mo and raise funds with your face
2. Run or walk 60 km as a part of Move for Movember in recognition of the 60 men lost to suicide each hour, every hour
3. Gather a group and Host a virtual Mo-Ment, and have a good time for a good cause
4. Design your own fundraising challenge and Mo Your Own Way.

 


Visit movember.com to learn more about men’s health and how to get involved, or to create a profile and start fundraising.

For more stories, visit Todayville Calgary.

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