Events & Programs
March 20, 2018 5:00 pm Forest Interpretive Centre
Calling all Salon Professionals to come have some dinner and raise awareness about domestic violence. Speakers from the CUT IT OUT provincial project of the Neighbour's Friends and Families Campaign will discuss how salon professionals can recognize warning signs, respond appropriately, and safely refer clients to resources that can help them. The one-hour seminar provides each participant with excellent informational materials, awareness materials, and a Certificate of Attendance. At the end of the seminar each participant will understand the impact that domestic violence can have on their business and the lives of their client base, as well as why domestic violence is their "business".
How to RSVP:
"The Mask You Live In"
Friday, May 4, 2018 Forest Interpretive Centre Time to be announced
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s (and Canada's) narrow definition of masculinity.
Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it.
The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
During the month of October 2017
Calling all poets! The FVI will be having a Poetry Contest leadingup to Family Violence Awareness Month (NOVEMBER!) Please submit your 'family violence' themed poems during the month of October in person at the Allan & Jean Miller Centre or via email at email@example.com.
Please include your name, if you are a youth or adult, and contact information on the submission. If you would still like to submit but keep your name anonymous, please indicate that as well.
The poems can be fiction or based on actual events. The top three will be selected to be read at our Annual Candlelight Vigil. The members of our FVI will choose three from both youth and adult submissions for a PRIZE (Prizes to be announced!)
Whitecourt Golf & Country Club
An event for men in our community to come and enjoy a delicious Breakfast at the Whitecourt Community Golf Course while listening to a presentation on how men play a crucial role in making positive change in the lives of women and girls living with abuse.
Contact 780-268-0545 to purchase tickets. Payment is cash or cheque.
November Is National Family Violence Prevention Month.
This initiative began to promote awareness through educational campaigns aimed at family violence prevention and improving local services in the community. This year marks the 31st anniversary of Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta.
Find information and resources by calling the 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818, toll-free, or visit endfamilyviolence.alberta.ca.
Whitecourt Seniors Circle
Please join us for this moving and powerful event commemorating those who have lost their lives as a result of family violence. There will be light snacks and refreshments provided. A silent candle light walk along with poetry readings from our Community Poetry Contest and musical performance by Edmonton singer/songwriter who is passionate about raising awareness for Family Violence Issues will encompass the evening.
A preventative, 20-week program with separate counseling groups for men and women. This program provides support, counseling and interaction to men and women who are experiencing family violence in their home, as a result of their own behaviours or that of their partner.
Topics covered are, but not limited to: anger expression/anger as emotion; recognizing abusive behaviour in relationships; making good choices; stages of change; patterns of communication; self-esteem; problem solving.
Pre-registration is required.
Children's New Hope Group
This 10 week program is designed to help children identify feelings and express them in a non-violent way, give children coping skills for dealing with family violence or anger issues, guide children to developing a safety plan, and build self-esteem in our youth.
Programs offered based on age (6 – 16 -years old; program length changes during summer months). Transportation can be provided.
Pre-registration is required.
IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, CALL 911.
Whitecourt RCMP Complaint Line 780-778-5454
Victim Services 780-779-5900
Family Violence Info Line 310-1818
Mental Health Help Line 1-877-303-2642
Wellspring Family Resource & Crisis Centre 780-778-6209 / 1-800-467-4049