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Public Education

Because we want to contribute to build a safer and better community for the future, we view public education as crucial. Thus, we make efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge on issues related to family violence in our community. With this in mind, we developed free educational opportunities in the area of family violence to groups, schools, and organizations interested in participate.

Our Public Education Program offers presentations, workshops, and in-service training sessions to a wide range of audiences, including children, youth, adults, and seniors, professionals, members of faith communities, employers and employees, and a variety of community groups. As part of our educational campaign we arrange displays in public events, such as conventions and fairs, and at public places.

Our public education program includes a variety of topics, among them are the following:

  • A Safe Place: A retrospective about our history, work and our role in our community.
  • Family Violence Workplace Issues: How do these issues impact workers and the work place?
  • The Effects of Family Violence on Children: How are my children affected?
  • Teen Dating and Safety: Safety in teen dating and relating.
  • Family Violence, A Faith Community Issue: Offers information to faith communities on family violence and community resources.
  • Understanding Family Violence: Looks at the facts about family violence.
  • Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships: Offers information on the dynamics of abuse, warning signs, safety, and resources.
  • Family Violence and The Immigrant Communities: What additional barriers do new Canadian women face when they are abused?

Specialized presentations can be developed to suit any group and they are offered free of cost thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, business and government agencies, and also to the fundraising efforts of the Strathcona Shelter Society Ltd.

For more information or to book a presentation please call us at (780) 416-5285


Volunteer Program

Our volunteer program helps prepare individuals who are willing to contribute their time in the shelter and/or in our community fundraising events. Volunteers are trained and supported in their endeavors by our staff.

Volunteer Training

Our volunteer training includes workshops on family violence that help raise volunteers’ awareness on this topic and increase volunteers’ knowledge on the issue. Our workshops assist volunteers in understanding women affected by family violence, and prepare them to serve women better.

Areas to Volunteer

Our volunteers may choose the area that they would like to work in:

  • In the shelter – providing office support to staff or helping with meal preparation.
  • Outside the shelter – in fundraising or special events.

Fundraising Events

Under the direction of the Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator, A Safe Place holds a variety of significant fundraisers. These events are staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers who contribute to their success.

Our fundraising events include the following:

  • The Mayor’s Run for Strathcona County: In 2005 A Safe Place joined this annual run in our community. Participants collect pledges which go toward the support of the shelter.
  • Make the Break: Elite Tae Kwon Do, in Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan, sponsors an event using the slogan “Make the Break”, which means making the break from violence. Participants work together to collect pledges and participate in this action packed day of fun and exercise.
  • Greenland Garden Center events: This business has selected A Safe Place as their designated charity of choice. Each year, the Greenland Garden Centre, offers events such as: The Garden Tour, Easter and Harvest Family events, and a Gigantic Garage Sale.
  • All About Angels: Each year in the fall, Carlyle Portraits, under the direction of Daphne Carlyle, sponsors this event. Families and individuals are given the opportunity to purchase high quality themed portraits of their children. The sitting fee is donated to the Public Education Program of A Safe Place.
  • The Tree of Hope: During the Christmas season, Sherwood Park Mall, Sherwood Park News, and TD Canada Trust sponsor this event. For a donation of $5 or more, a decoration is hung on the Tree of Hope, symbolizing community support for abused women and their children.
  • Wonder What Your Treasures are Worth?: The Sherwood Park Mall hosts this event in January. Charles Cripps, well known for his knowledge of antiques, offers his services for this event. Appointments are made at our office.
  • Mother’s Day Basket: from January until Mother’s Day, we sell tickets for a basket packed with gifts certificates valued at $2,000.

For more information on this program, please contact our Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator at (780) 449-2581.

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