iRespect at Westerner Days Parade 2017

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Volunteers and staff from the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre walked together in the 2017 Westerner Days Parade. The event took place the morning of Wednesday July 19th in Downtown Red Deer. The float’s theme was 150 Ways I Respect for Canada’s 150th birthday and for the Centre’s iRespect Campaign. Main decorations were the Made to Respect t-shirts worn by those walking with the float and over 100 iRespect signs held by volunteers and showcased on the float itself. Local latin band Grupo Konga joined CASASC and performed some of their flavourful music as the float moved down the streets. CASASC’s parade entry won an Honourable Mention right behind first and second place!

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Creating a Respect Culture with #150waysiRespect

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In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the upcoming Westerner Days Parade, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is sharing #150waysiRespect with the community. The #150waysiRespect is a part of the ongoing #iRespect campaign which aims to promote a culture of respect everywhere.

In this campaign CASASC is encouraging the public to take social responsibility by showing what they respect before the parade on July 19 where some of the ideas will be showcased.

Anyone can share simply by posting what they respect on social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and by mentioning or tagging CASASC in their posts. They can also use the hashtags #150waysiRespect, #iRespect and #respectculture to show their support.

CASASC will be appearing as one of the parade entries, spreading awareness about respect culture and sharing some of the submitted #150waysiRespect ideas. Local Latin band Grupo Konga will be entertaining the crowd with festive beats as the float winds through the streets of downtown Red Deer. Not only will staff and volunteers from CASASC be participating and showing their respect but they will be joined by volunteers from the Central Alberta Theatre (CAT).

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Normandeau School BBQ

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Staff and volunteers from the Centre headed out to Normandeau School in Red Deer on June 29th to help host a BBQ for the students on their last day of school! Faculty from the school helped cook up a storm of burgers and hot dogs while wearing their Made to Respect T-shirts. Lunch was well attended and the students got to enjoy the rest of their afternoon having a water fight.

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CASASC Getting Foamy!

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Four of our staff members participated in Red Deer’s 5K Foam Fest at Heritage Ranch on Saturday June 24th! They wore their Made To Respect Shirts with pride as they crossed the finish line. It was a great sunny day and the ladies represented the Centre as they  exemplified their Respect to everyone!

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Young Guns Golf Tournament

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Volunteers from the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre attended the Young Guns Golf Tournament on Tuesday June 20th. The event was held at the Alberta Springs Golf Resort just outside of Red Deer. CASASC raffled off three beer trees kindly donated by the Troubled Monk, Something Brewing and Blindman Brewing from Lacombe. They also raised fund through a 50/50 on the course and raffled off Taylor made clubs and a golf bag. The event was extremely well attended and the Centre would like to express their gratitude for everyone’s support!

“The Young Guns Golf Tournament began in 2002 by a group of community minded individuals, all with a strong hockey background. Many were either former Red Deer hockey players or family members that wanted an opportunity to give back to the Red Deer community. The committee annually holds the Young Guns golf tournament and donates the proceeds to charities in Central Alberta.”

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Brené Brown on Empathy – Video

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CASASC at Parkland Mall

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On Friday June 2nd from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre was at Parkland Mall for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week! As part of their event they engaged shoppers in the I Respect campaign and the I Believe You campaign. People passing by stopped to write signs, examples were I Respect… the good in everyone, animals, life, kindness, honesty and many more!

Special thanks to Parkland Mall for giving us a table to use and promote our Centre!

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

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Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre would like to thank everyone who participated or helped out with our Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017 event, which ran from May 28 to June 3, 2017! Victims Week is a nationwide event that is put on by the Government of Canada every year. This year, the theme was “Empowering Resilience” and there were 195 events that took place across the country. Our goal was to raise awareness of the services around Central Alberta available for Victims and Survivors of crime, and to raise awareness to the issues surrounding respect; the more we show our respect for one another, the less we harm each other. With the number of followers on our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), active participation, and the attention from two of our local newspapers, we estimate that we reached more than 5000 people throughout Central Alberta.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the survivors who submitted their stories of resiliency anonymously for us to post on the event page. It allows other survivors going through similar situations to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Respect Day 2017

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Two years ago the Mayor Tara Veer along with the City of Red Deer proclaimed May 28th as the official day of “Respect”. This years Day of Respect fell on a Sunday and was again recognized by many supporters. As disrespect is one of the root causes of many social problems including bullying, harassment, violence and sexual assault our Centre hopes to help foster a culture of respect. Throughout our journey we have started the I Respect Campaign and are happy to announce this year we are continuing our efforts to promote respect with the social media hashtag #respectculture. Too often people speak of rape culture but an emphasis needs to be also placed on respect as a medium of prevention going forward. For more information on how to participate in our campaigns please contact our Centre at casasc@casasc.ca or 403-340-1124.

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