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 32nd 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.
Travelodge Conference Centre & Suites
Breakfast with the Guys is BACK! For the second year, an event for men in our community to come and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Travelodge Conference Centre & Suites 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. Tuval DinnerNafshi from the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters will be back to continue last year’s conversation.
Contact 780-268-0545 to purchase tickets. Payment is cash or cheque. (We've added an option to buy online, there is a small site fee, click the link below or to the right if this option is for you!)
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. Short, silent candlelight walk to honour those lost and affected by Family and Domestic Violence. Keynote speaker Mike Cameron will join us for his unique presentation on healthy relationships and emotional intelligence “Redefining Badass”. Light dinner will be provided.
"The Mask You Live In"
Friday, May 4, 2018 Forest Interpretive Centre Doors Open at 3:30 PM
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.
This film is now available at our local library!
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!)
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