The Alberta government and community partners lead awareness activities and events each year to recognize the campaign and to call for the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence.
- Rowan House Emergency Shelter 403-652-3311 (24/7)
- Okotoks Family Resource Centre 403-995-2626
- Family and Community Support Services (High River, Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Nanton)
- Distress Centre 403-266-4357 (24/7)
- Calgary Elder Abuse Resouce Line 403-705-3250 (Kerby Centre)
You can also show your support by wearing purple and spread awareness using #GoPurpleAB on social media.
The first ever National Broadcast for Light the Night will be on October 24 – a virtual event to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
“We will gather virtually to bring light to the darkness of cancer, creating memorable moments across the country, through an exciting and interactive virtual experience. We’ll share stories, remember loved ones lost and pay tribute to our heroes, bringing light, love and hope to dispel the darkness of cancer and COVID-19.”
Buddy Up for the month of September!
Throughout the month of September, the Centre for Suicide Prevention is promoting the Buddy Up campaign.
This campaign was created for men by men, encouraging them to have real conversations with their buddies and to support them if they’re struggling with thoughts of suicide. Learn more about how you can help a man in your life at buddyup.ca
There you will find info such as:
Why Buddy Up this month?
Middle-aged men (40-60) die by suicide more than anyone else, including young people and women (Statistics Canada, 2019).
Men are often socialized not to talk about their emotions, and therefore, men as a group may mask their stress and deal with emotional pain through harmful behaviours and actions, and sometimes suicide, instead of seeking help (Ogrodnickzuk & Oliffe, 2011).
In 2018, the Government of Alberta declared the month of May as Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) and their member agencies, along with the provincial government, are dedicating their time to informing and educating all Albertans about sexual violence.
AASAS and a number of organizations across Alberta have created a variety of activities, such as YouTube videos, online conferences, courses, and learning series, virtual 5k run/walk, yogathon, Twitter-talk, etc.
A full list of these activities, as well as information to sign up and participate, can be seen via AASAS newsletter by clicking this link: Sexual Violence Awareness Month – May 2020 Newsletter
General information regarding COVID-19 for Albertans can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Long-form list of resources compiled by Okotoks FCSS available for people living in the Foothills area can be viewed here as a PDF: Foothills Resources
A quick resource guide – stay safe and if you or anyone you know needs help, give these places a call.
If you are a victim of crime, please do not hesitate to call Foothills Regional Victim Services: 403-652-2359
This meeting is now cancelled.
Foothills Regional Victim Services
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:00pm
Rotary Room – Okotoks Centennial Centre
Guest Speaker: Roxane Baalim, Executive Director, Alberta Police-Based Victim Services Association
We are proud to announce that tickets are now available for purchase via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-end-violence-tickets-69215532521
Jeffrey Bucholtz will be speaking on a variety of topics extending from and are new to our conference from 2017.
- A Conversation about Bias, Perception, Victims and Change
- Recognizing and Overcoming the Effects of Bias
- Centering the Problem: Developing Institutional Practices to Create Inclusive Workspaces and Client Experiences
- Man Up? Masculinities, Popular Culture and Preventing Violence
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