2016 Inspiration Award Recipients - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

2016 Inspiration Award Recipients

Inspiration Award for Lifetime Achievement

Susan Scott, Calgary, who has been instrumental in shedding light on family violence and its connection to homelessness for women in Canada. Susan’s efforts have led to the development of three affordable housing projects for women in Calgary, Canada’s first Housing First project at Discovery House for women fleeing violence, and the establishment of Brenda’s House, a family emergency shelter in Calgary.

Leadership in Family Violence Prevention – 30th Anniversary Award

The Town of Hinton for being the first municipality in Alberta raise public awareness on family violence prevention. Thanks to the dedicated citizens of Hinton, their vision inspired the creation of Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta.

Outstanding Service and Dedication Award

Patrick Dillon, Edmonton, dedicated his life to the service of others and was passionate about working to build healthy children and families. Patrick was the Provincial Coordinator for the Alberta Father Involvement Initiative, a forerunner in the work of engaging men as allies in the prevention of family violence. Patrick believed in living life to the fullest, and is an example for all of us to live our best life every day. He is deeply missed.

Business Leader in Family Violence Prevention

Len Rhodes, Edmonton, President and CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos, committed the football club to partner with the Calgary Stampeders to be an integral part of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Leading Change program. More recently, he served as Co-Chair for the Lurana Shelter Society Avenue of Hope Gala, and was named a CEASE (Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation) Man of Honour for his efforts in assisting WIN House and women who are survivors of domestic violence.

Individual Award Recipients - Leadership in Family Violence Prevention

Rita Tshiluba, Edmonton, a member of the Alliance Jeunesse-Famille de l’Alberta Society (AJFAS), initiated a group of francophone immigrant women to work on preventing family violence by promoting their well-being and helping them to access information about their rights as women in Canadian society.

Corey Wyness, Edmonton, REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, facilitates open conversation between LGBTQ youth and their families to find ways in which they can maintain healthy relationships and acceptance. He is passionate about ending family violence and keeping kids off the street by providing care and support to those who need it.

Victorino Lantion, Calgary, is the Community Programs Manager of Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary where he also coordinates SHARE (Sustaining Healthy and Awesome Relationships), a domestic violence prevention initiative that works collaboratively with ethno-cultural communities and partners to prevent domestic violence.

Group Award Recipients - Leadership in Family Violence Prevention

Central Alberta Regional Vision for Non-Violence Coalition
Through collaboration, the Coalition is addressing family violence and bullying in their communities. The communities involved include Benalto, Bentley, Blackfalds, Bowden, Delburne, Eckville, Elnora, Innisfail, Lacombe, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler and Sylvan Lake.

Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People
The Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP), and serves as an advisory board for the Pet Safekeeping Program across the province. The program provides temporary foster care and treatment for the pets of domestic violence victims who otherwise would have remained in violent situations.

Lives in Transition, Edmonton
Lives in Transition (LIT) is a 30 week program dedicated to women whose greatest barrier to employment is family violence. Through LIT, women are supported to understand the impact of family violence, the history behind their own stories, relationship red flags and the benefits of making a positive change for themselves and their whole family.

Emerging Excellence Award – Leadership in Family Violence Prevention

Makda Habtegergesa, Calgary, is a second year student at the University of Calgary, where she studies Political Science. Makda’s passion for advocacy and volunteerism, led her to coordinate a successful fundraising bike-a-thon for the Sheldon Kennedy Advocacy Centre and now sits on the Centre’s Education Committee. She also volunteers at the University of Calgary Campus Distress Centre. Makda was also on the planning committee for the International Congress for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect held in Calgary this past August.

Individual Award Recipient - Leadership in Sexual Violence Prevention

Jill Green, Edmonton, is the founding member of MacEwan University’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Committee and Sexual Violence Response Team. Her work focuses on developing and implementing primary prevention strategies and sustainable responses to sexual violence on campus, including the development of one of Alberta’s first standalone sexual violence policies at a post-secondary institution.

Group Award Recipient - Leadership in Sexual Violence Prevention

YWCA Edmonton
YWCA Edmonton leads, supports, and advocates for women and families when and where it is needed, as they continue to build a world of equality, opportunity and choice for women. YWCA Edmonton provides programs and services to more than 8,000 people each year — the support Edmontonians depend on every day.

Individual Award Recipients - Leadership in Prevention of Child Abuse

Dr. Karen Dushinski, Edmonton, is a respected, Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapist, and the Director of Client Services at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. She also provides ongoing training for Edmonton Police Service, University of Alberta students, and various community agencies on child sexual abuse. She believes strongly in human rights and currently chairs the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan-Edmonton Chapter.

Dr. Nicole Letourneau, Calgary, RN PhD FCAHS is the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Research Chair, Professor in the Faculties of Nursing and Medicine (Pediatrics and Psychiatry) and Director of RESOLVE Alberta at the University of Calgary. Her CHILDStudies.ca Program examines the impact of parent-child relationship quality and supportive relationships in the context of family violence and other traumatic stress on children’s health and development.

Individual Award Recipients - Leadership in Prevention of Bullying

Amy Jeannotte, Edmonton, through YouCan Youth Services, works with youth in schools to develop healthy relationships to reduce risks associated with bullying and promote protective factors that support emotional resiliency.

Sarah Weaver, Lethbridge, Youth Services Supervisor for the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge & District, works with youth educating and promoting inclusivity, honesty, responsibility, conflict resolution, fairness and non-threatening behaviour.

Group Award Recipients - Leadership in Prevention of Bullying

Dare to Care, Calgary, was founded in 1999 because of a need to address the issue of bullying. Dare to Care provides all individuals within a school community, including administration, staff, parents and students, with a common language, as well as the skills and supports to address bullying behaviours.

Cold Lake Bully Free Committee was established in 2007. The Committee is comprised of volunteers from various human and health service agencies, schools, businesses and individuals. The Committee provides resources to enable Cold Lake residents to create their bully free environments, and addresses bullying as a social ill that requires community solidarity to defeat.

Canadian Red Cross Respect Education, Alberta Team
The aim of the Respect Education programs is to create safe environments free from violence – abuse, bullying and exploitation – through prevention, education and response. The Beyond the Hurt Bullying and Harassment Prevention Program was developed in 2002 to help people of all ages recognize, respond to and prevent bullying. It has since been delivered to hundreds of adult and youth audiences through school and community events across Canada. The team has worked closely with Edmonton Public Schools to deliver Respect Education workshops.

Group Award Recipients - Leadership in Prevention of Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Resources and Supports, Edmonton
Elder Abuse Resources and Supports is a program of Catholic Social Services in Edmonton. They provide support, assessment and referral, as well as information and presentations, to elderly adults who are risk of experiencing abuse or neglect. This includes assisting seniors in making changes, setting boundaries, obtaining protection orders when necessary and creating safety plans.

Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network
Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network is a network of organizations providing a coordinated community response to elder abuse and neglect. They provide peer coaching, training, collaborate on elder abuse cases, and coordinate supports and intervention when protection is required.

Modified: 2016-11-07
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