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Help build the new Child Advocacy Centre – Brick By Brick


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Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre: CACAC is Building the Future “Brick by Brick” with Latest Fundraiser

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC) is inviting you to help build the future for victims of child abuse – Brick by Brick. The Brick by Brick fundraiser is part of the CACAC’s Public Building Campaign, which aims to raise much-needed funds for the new Centre of Excellence.

At participating businesses across Central Alberta, the public is invited to purchase brick keychains. Alternatively, if you can’t make it to a physical location, the CACAC is also selling digital brick certificates online. 100% of the proceeds from keychains and digital bricks will go to the new Centre of Excellence as part of the public building campaign.

They’re Also holding a One Day Challenge Phone-a-Thon event at Bo’s Bar and Stage on April 20th, where the public can purchase keychains or digital brick certificates. The CACAC will be displaying a model of the Centre of Excellence made completely out of LEGO for public viewing at the event. Along with the keychains, there will also be lunch specials at Bo’s Bar and Stage, and prize packs that keychain purchasers can be entered into.

“This month we’re encouraging everyone to purchase their brick, either online or at one of our many participating locations. We’re so excited that more and more businesses are coming onboard as keychain locations. It’s very heartwarming to see the community come together time and time again for the children of Central Alberta. You can find a full list of participating locations on our website.” Says Jennifer O’Shea, Campaign Director at the CACAC.

“It has been a long-time dream of ours to do a LEGO-themed or block-themed fundraiser or drive of some kind. When we talk about building the future for victims of child abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation, we know that it takes the whole community. One brick on its own doesn’t build anything, but when everyone contributes their brick, we can build something great. In this way, you’re literally helping us build the Centre of Excellence by supporting our Brick by Brick fundraiser.” – Jennifer O’Shea, Campaign Director, CACAC.

Of the $12M that the CACAC needs to raise for the Centre of Excellence building campaign, they’re currently just under $8.5M. They’re hoping this fundraiser, along with the One Day Challenge and future events will help put them over the top.

“We’ve seen hard evidence that the need is growing, and the Centre of Excellence is our best way of meeting the need head-on,” says Dylan Rambow, Communications Coordinator of the CACAC, “Since going public with this building campaign in February we’ve seen an increase in donations. However, what we’ve also seen is a sharp increase in reporting of abusive situations, which has led to an increase of forensic interviews at our existing site. We really need to get into our new space and utilize it to its full potential, as the demand is beginning to outpace our current Centre. The new Centre of Excellence is needed now more than ever before, which is why we’re hoping that the public will support our Brick by Brick initiative throughout April!” – Dylan Rambow, Communications Coordinator, CACAC.

The Centre of Excellence will be the new home for the CACAC, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, RCMP Child Forensic Interviewers, and Alberta Health Services: Red Deer Child and Youth Addiction and Mental Health Outpatient Clinic; Move your Mood Studio; and the Step Up Step Down live-in youth mental health program. This model of advocacy and recovery will be the first of its kind in North America, and will integrate with Red Deer Polytechnic by both being on their main campus in Red Deer, and by presenting unique learning opportunities while affecting certain curricula.

If your business would like to become a keychain location, please email [email protected].

For more information on the Brick by Brick fundraiser, as well as info on the Centre of Excellence and the CACAC, visit

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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Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta

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An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson


Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.

Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.

Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.

Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.

Three others were initially charged in the case.

Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.

A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.

Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.

Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.

“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.

“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.

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United Way Central Alberta delivers over $1 million to 22 community service organizations through the government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund

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News release from the United Way of Central Alberta

United Way Central Alberta (UWCA) is pleased to announce over $1 million in funding to support 22 projects in Central Alberta through the Government of Canada’s Community Services Recovery Fund. 

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a one-time investment of $400 million to help community service organizations (charities, non-profits, Indigenous governing bodies) adapt, modernize, and be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they provide though the pandemic recovery and beyond.

The following projects are being supported within Central Alberta:

• $63,000 was invested to fund Bashaw and District Support Services Association towards a regional wellness initiative;

• $59,609 was invested to fund Boys and Girls Club of Olds and Area towards a Youth and Parental Supports Pilot Project;

• $75,704 was invested to fund Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer towards program service innovation;

• $52,000 was invested to fund Camrose Adult Learning Council towards Immersive Technologies;

• $62,552 was invested to fund Camrose Association for Community Living towards Next Level Wellness;

• $36,286 was invested to fund Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta East Central Region 2000 towards Recovery College technology;

• $9,621 was invested to fund Carstairs Public Library towards permanent adaptions;

• $89,638 was invested to fund Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association to transform program delivery;

• $41,320 was invested to fund Drumheller Community Learning Society towards Empowering Youth;

• $47,000 was invested to fund Family Violence Action Society: Camrose and District towards infrastructure design;

• $14,000 was invested to fund Friends to the Drayton Valley Library Society towards a children, family, and youth space;

• $9,036 was invested to fund Mary C Moore Public Library towards Kinsmen Program Room Makerspace;

• $76,230 was invested to fund Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter Association towards West Central Community Connections;

• $16,135 was invested to fund Ponoka Youth Centre towards mental health support;

• $9,714 was invested to fund Red Deer Public Library towards their Youth and Literacy Program;

• $98,112 was invested to fund Rocky Primary Counselling Centre of Alberta towards mental health;

• $98,083 was invested to fund Shalom Counselling Centre of Alberta towards healthy families;

• $21,296 was invested to fund Stettler Community Support Centre towards community outreach;

• $81,600 was invested to fund Stettler Information and Referral Centre towards Stettler Circle of Services innovation and expansion;

• $10,757 was invested to fund The Lord’s Food Bank towards hot meal program revitalization;

• $40,337 was invested to fund Ubuntu-Mobilizing Central Alberta towards Collective Alberta-Project; and

• $85,970 Was invested to fund Wetaskiwin & District Association for Community Services towards re-building community and personal engagement.

Community service organizations are at the forefront of addressing communities’ needs. Since the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and a greater need to make use of digital tools. Many organizations are struggling to recover and adapt their services to the changing needs of Central Alberta.

For more information, visit the Community Services Recovery Fund website. For more information on United Way Central Alberta, you can visit our website or contact us at [email protected] or 403.343.3900.


“The value United Way Central Alberta adds as a locally governed and operated funder is that we have the trusted systems in place to identify local needs and ensure dollars are invested where they are needed most”- United Way Central Alberta CEO, Chelsea O’Donoghue.

“United Way Central Alberta is proud to have worked with the Government of Canada and United Way Centraide Canada as part of the Community Services Recovery Fund” – United Way Central Alberta CEO, Chelsea O’Donoghue.

Quick Facts:

• The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support community service organizations, including charities, non-profits and Indigenous governing bodies, as they adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery.

• Now more than ever, community service organizations play a key role in addressing complex social problems faced by many communities across Canada.

• From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, community service organizations across Canada have shown impressive stamina and creativity in their response to the diverse and increasingly challenging needs of their

• The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what community service organizations need right now and supports them as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

• As community service organizations across Canada work to support recovery in their communities, the CSRF will help them adapt and modernize their operations to grow their impact.

• The Government of Canada is delivering the CSRF through three National Funders (Canadian Red Cross, Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada). The National Funders are distributing funding to
eligible community service organizations, including charities, non-profits, and Indigenous governing bodies, providing services in communities across Canada.

• The Government of Canada supports a more inclusive model of economic growth, one that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada, as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continue.

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