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Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre will save young lives!

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It’s always a devastating shock to loved ones when a young person takes their own life.  Often no one can see it coming.  Even the person suffering depression may not realize the power of the forces they fighting until it’s too late.

Two years ago, Rick More lost his daughter Lindsey to suicide.   All the more surprising because she was one of the young people who wanted to help those suffering after a string of suicides devastated community high schools.  More promised his daughter he’d help other young people.  He set up the Smiles Through Lindsey Foundation to create a community conversation about suicide and depression, and to let young people know they can and should speak out about their own battles.

More also teamed up with the new Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.  His goal is to ensure there’s a place for children to come for help that is child centred and child focussed.  Making the invisible, visible is one of the most important roles of the new Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is open and serving Central Alberta… One team. One collaborative approach. One child and family at a time.

Thank you to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre for your continued support in bringing the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre to Red Deer.

Please click here for information about the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC)

Please click here for information about the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation

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The Grand Opening is TODAY!

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A Day Filled With Hope – Years in the Making!
For years the CACAC has been walking hand-in-hand with many different partners, community members, donors, policy makers, and leaders in research and advocacy towards this moment.The Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence now stands in the heart of Central Alberta, the first Centre of its kind in North America, creating space for different strategic partners to operate alongside one another in the best interest of children, youths, and families who have experienced any form of abuse.

Now, during this momentous chapter in our history, we invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence. 

We’re excited to welcome you and your family to the Grand Opening of the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence today!

Today’s events are family friendly, and there’s something for everyone!

From Noon to 5:00PM the public is welcome to come and see everything the building has to offer at the SKCOE Open House! Staff from every organization from within the SKCOE will be there to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to learn about why this Centre is so important for Central Alberta.

Beginning at 7:00PM, the public is also invited to the formal program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, which is the building immediately North West of us across the parking lot. The formal program will have many messages and presentations from dignitaries, and you can pick up our Champions of Courage pin, which was minted for the Grand Opening only! Following the program there is a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There is a lot to celebrate, so come out and say hi!

When: Thursday, May 16

Where: Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence, and Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, Main Campus of Red Deer Polytechnic, Red Deer, AB.

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Open House

7:00 PM – Formal Program at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to follow.

How to get to the Sheldon Kennedy Centre of Excellence

Please note that there will also be parking available at the lot directly North of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Detailed RDP Parking Map

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