From Innisfail RCMP
RCMP-Innisfail 23rd Annual Charity Checkstop
RCMP Charity Checkstop took place this past weekend. Due to the generosity of the community a total of $8,882.18 in cash and cheques were raised. Additionally approximately 75 high quality toys, 10 bags of gently used clothing items and over 800 pounds of food were donated by the citizen’s of Innisfail and the surrounding area.
In this season of giving and celebrating we are proud to provide as much help as we can to those less fortunate.
The charitable organizations that these items will be donated to are the Innisfail Food Bank, the Christmas Bureau, and the Red Deer Women’s Outreach Society.
Innisfail RCMP would like to thank the following local businesses for providing donations: Nestle Purina, Innisfail CO-OP, 7-11, A&W, Dairy Queen, NAPA, Kal-Tire, Subway, Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, Innisfail Bowling Lanes; Complete Catering, and the Innisfail Legion.
We would also like to acknowledge the numerous volunteers who made this event possible. These volunteers include representatives from: the Innisfail Fire Department; Medavie Ambulance; Correctional Services Canada; the Town of Innisfail; The Town of Innisfail By-Law; the Christmas Bureau; the Food Bank; and the Red Deer Women’s Outreach; Innisfail local Youth Groups; and the local 4-H club. We would also like to thank Richard FOESER for being our Santa Clause, Alearra DAY CHIEF for being Safety Bear, and Jim SEWARD (SOS Entertainment) for providing the Christmas Music.
We hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season!
The CACAC Breaks Ground on the Centre of Excellence
Tuesday, June 21 marked a significant milestone for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre in the construction of the innovative Centre of Excellence.
With the building officially underway, CACAC and its dedicated partners can continue their efforts in creating a safer, healthier future for the children of Central Alberta. The new build is underway as of today, with construction beginning immediately. The projected 66,566 sq. ft. structure will be the new home of the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, Alberta Health Services: Red Deer Child and Youth Addiction and Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, and the Step Up Step Down youth live-in addiction and mental health program.
“Alberta Health Services is grateful for the CACAC project. This collaboration will offer many services under one roof for youth experiencing trauma, substance use disorder and mental health concerns. Front line teams can consult seamlessly and develop relationships that simply would not exist outside the shared space of the CACAC. The ability to offer multidisciplinary care will support positive outcomes for youth and families and a shared vision for the community,” says Amy Klimosko, Director, AHS Red Deer Child, Youth, & Family Addiction & Mental Health.
The Centre of Excellence, a one-of-a-kind building in Canada, is an industry leading, evidence-based model strategically located on the Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) Campus – built to strengthen integration for all partners involved. This is a proven model to reduce long-term impacts of abuse on children, youth and families, cut back on systemic costs of child abuse and, ultimately, save more lives. Thanks to the partnership with RDP, the location creates not only a safe place for children and families in Central Alberta to seek and receive support, but a place of innovation and research – to not only aid in the intervention of child abuse and mental health, but for prevention of these societal issues. Education is a key factor in the role of child abuse prevention, and the RDP partnership is a main component to building this foundation.
“On behalf of everyone at Red Deer Polytechnic, I am pleased to welcome the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre to our beautiful campus overlooking the forest reserve and next to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre,” says Jim Brinkhurst, Interim President. “We look forward to this collaboration that will serve Central Albertans and present tremendous learning and applied research opportunities for students and staff for years to come.”
The building, constructed by Eagle Builders, is projected to be completed by Summer 2023. The 3-story, contemporary design, will be built with intentional common and shared spaces to cultivate collaboration between allied partners, and create an environment that children, youths and families feel comfortable and safe in.
“Today has been a shared vision since day one by our coalition, and I am beyond grateful that, because of our community, we are able to stand here and break-ground on this critical building. We look forward to sharing space with our integrated partners who share the same purpose: helping our children and our families. Thank you to all who have helped us pave our path towards our new home.” – Mark Jones, CACAC CEO
The CACAC looks forward to updating the community on the progress of the build and sharing more details on the Partners involvement and impact their commitment and programs will have on our community.
Hundreds “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in Sylvan Lake
Over $7000 raised for the programs and services offered to clients at The Outreach Centre
On June 2, students, staff and community members of all ages walked in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Sylvan Lake. Presented by the HJ Cody Interact Club, the fifth annual event raised funds for The Outreach Centre and brought attention and awareness to gender-based and domestic violence issues in the community.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events emphasize the necessity of speaking up and taking steps to end gender-based and domestic violence,” says Ian Wheeliker, Executive Director at The Outreach Centre. “These events start difficult yet necessary conversations about gender relations and violence against both women and men.”
Starting at H.J. Cody Highschool, participants walked one mile, some in a pair of high heeled shoes.
There was also a community-sponsored BBQ lunch, and a presentation with speakers and prizes. Author and town councillor Teresa Rilling told her own powerful story of overcoming emotional and sexual abuse, encouraging anyone who is suffering to reach out for help and support.
With about 600 people walking and over $7000 raised, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sylvan Lake was once again a huge success.
“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the H.J. Cody Interact Club and the entire school community,” says Wheeliker. “These students are truly making a difference and they should feel proud knowing that their efforts will go towards improving the lives of the clients we serve at The Outreach Centre.”
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