The importance of self-care

CASASC is your safe place. No matter where you are in your healing journey, we are here to support you along the way. Our goal – to empower you on your journey towards healing.

Self-care is an important part of the healing process and can help make the impacts of trauma more manageable. According to Raphailia Michael “self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.”

In this, we would like to introduce a new series – #Theimportanceofselfcare

Over the next month, we will be featuring a daily self-care tip on our social media channels. This is to support all our journeys toward healing.

Vigils held to remember victims of violence

A moving vigil was held in Red Deer and Lacombe on Dec. 6 to remember victims of violence.

Attendees gathered at Red Deer City Hall Park and at gazebo in the Lacombe Memorial Centre park to bring awareness on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This day marks 30 years since the tragic mass shooting at l’École Polytechnique de Montreal where 14 young women lost their lives in a senseless, targeted act of violence. December 6 is designated by Parliament as a national day to commemorate this tragedy and reflect on the troubling fact that for women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals across our country violence continues to be a daily reality.

Attendees at the vigils were given candles and white roses to hold while various speakers made remarks about the impact of gender-based violence in our community.

Speakers at both parts of the vigil included Rayann Tonner from the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, Patricia Arango of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, Debbie Barron of the Lacombe Victim Service Unit and Elder Corky Larsen.

City of Lacombe Councillor Thalia Hibbs addressed the group gathered under the gazebo on behalf of the City.

Both parts of the vigil were MCed by Kellie Cummings from the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.

Brené Brown on Empathy – Video

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International Women’s Day Speech

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How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex With You?

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This video is brought to you by Planned Parenthood.

Click below to watch.

 

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Consent (Described with a Cup of Tea)

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Check out this video on consent!

This clearly shows how important consent is.

Particularly when you are going to engage in sexual activity, or as they say in the video (a cup of tea).

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Nominate CASASC for the 100+ Women Who Care Donation

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The 100+ Women Who Care Red Deer are a group of AMAZING women who get together to better their community. As their Facebook page states “Members agree to write a cheque at each meeting for $100. At each meeting local charities are nominated by members to receive funds from the group. Three nominated charities are selected at each meeting and the nominating member makes a “pitch” for their nominee. After brief presentations on each nominee, members vote and funds are presented to the charity with the most votes.”

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Click Here for the 100 Women Nomination Form

 

Please find it in your hearts to nominate us for this award. We need your continued support to help those affected by sexual assault.

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This newsletter gives you information about the special projects they have been working on including:

  • The “I Believe You” Public Awareness Campaign
  • First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
  • Collaborative Community Response
  • Prevalence Study – Sexual Offenses Against Children in Alberta
  • Training Curriculum for Counselors Working with Adults Who Have Experienced Recent or Historical Sexualized Trauma

Additionally, it also informs the public about the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event happening in Medicine Hat, and the Lethbridge Sexual Violence Action Committee.

If you would like more information that is included in the newsletter, click here.