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History

In 1981, a group of concerned citizen from Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and rural areas of Strathcona County met to asses the issue of family violence. They found it a challenge, and by May of 1982, steps were taken to develop an organization to meet this need and a Board of Directors was elected. On July 19th of that same year (1982) the Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. was incorporated as a non profit charitable organization. Two years later, in July 1984, the society opened the doors of A Safe Place, a shelter for abused women and their children. Later, new programs were created such as the Community Education Program launched in January 2001, and Community Outreach, launched in September 2003, both offering services to the entire Strathcona County.

Philosophy

  • All individuals have the right to security and protection under the law.
  • All individuals have the right to live free from abuse.
  • No person should be forced to remain in an abusive home because of lack of alternatives.
  • The right to integrity of the person includes the right to make informed choices among alternatives in one’s own life decisions.
  • The family should be protected from the invasion of their privacy except when the interest of the individual family members and/ or the interest of society are jeopardized.

Mission

The mission of the non-profit organization Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. is:

“To end domestic abuse and violence in the lives of women and their children by supporting the shelter, A Safe Place, and impacting public policy through education and awareness”.

Board

The Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. is chartered under the Companies Act solely for the purpose of operating “A Safe Place”, a shelter for abused women and their children.

The Board of directors consists of volunteers from our community who serve the Society by managing its affairs, deciding on policies that governs the operation of the shelter, and fundraising. The Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd. also promotes and maintains a good public profile for the shelter in the community.

Under contract with Alberta Family and Social Services, and under de direction of a full time Executive Director, the Society oversees the operation of a 35-bed shelter for abused women and their children, A Safe Place.

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