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Message from the Executive Director

-Dorthe Flauer, Executive Director

It has been an exciting six months since it was probably one of the coldest nights cakes for breakfast for hungry gardeners
our last newsletter was published. I can’t of the winter. We had a great turnout, as they purchase their treasures for the
believe how quickly the time has gone by with lots of prizes, and I would like to year. We were also very fortunate to
as we have experienced many changes, extend my thanks to all who participated participate in the BBQ lunches at Salis-
much growth at our Centre. We have in this worthwhile fun event. bury as well this year. I’d like to extend a
received an overwhelming positive re- very big thank you to Rob Sproule, Anna
sponse from the community as we meet In March we were honored to be the Pandos and all the staff of Salisbury who
the needs of clients affected by sexual recipients of the proceeds from the have assisted to make this a memorable
violence. Vagina Monologues that was presented month long event in the County of
at the Eva O. Howard Theatre on March Sherwood Park.
In February we provided the second run 31st. We are very grateful to Lorraine
of our ‘Ctrl, Alt, Delete’ play in Fort Krauss for making this connection for us As many of you are aware, Jocelyn Beau-
Saskatchewan with the cast from the giving us the opportunity to work with dette-Hodsman has moved onto higher
Sheeptown Players. Two daytime pres- Amanda Omoth and her group. The places, namely the 21st floor of the Scotia
entations were offered to over 600 actresses did an awesome job and we Tower (with a window yet) as an EAP
junior and high school students and in the thank all of the talented and very dedi- counsellor for a large firm downtown.
evening the performance was well at- cated women who performed and do- We miss Jocelyn and her quiet and
tended by many community members. nated their time to our Centre. caring presence and wish her all the best
Since that time in her new position.
SAFFRON has
received funding Since February 2008, we
from the Commu- have received a record
nity Incentive Fund number of intakes to our
for our Secure Centre and we are very
Connections pro- fortunate to have three
gram, specifically contract therapists who
our new project have been providing
called ‘Youth Lead- excellent therapy and
ership in Commu- treatment to our clients.
Inside this issue: nication Safety’. I’m pleased to introduce
This funding allows Karin Lord, Registered
us to produce the Psychologist and her
Message from the Executive 2 Ctrl, Alt, Delete therapy Corgi Lou to our
Director play into a DVD Centre. Karin has been a
video production great resource and sup-
Website Updates 3 that will be distrib- On June 26, Strathcona County Councillor Linda Osinchuk presented SAFFRON port to our staff as we
uted to rural com- with a cheque to assist with ongoing services. Councillor Osinchuk was transition our services
munities throughout instrumental in initiating this donation from the discretionary funds of the from supportive counsel-
ONYX Teen Girls 4 Alberta. We are following Councillors: Linda Osinchuk, Vic Bidzinski, Peter Wlodarczak, Glen ing to therapy and treat-
hoping to develop Lawrence, Jason Gariepy. Executive Director Dorthe Flauer accepts this cheque ment. We are also very
youth focus groups on behalf of SAFFRON with board members Jenn Elliott (Vice President), Judy fortunate to have two
to address the Bain (President), Alan Dunn, and Liz Pratt (from left to right). Clinical Social Workers
Presentation Statistics 4-5
issues of cyber- on contract with us: Joy
bullying in rural communities by working In April we geared up for our second Peterson and Stephanie Bozzer. With
with them online through our new Web- ‘Heal with Teal’ Sexual Violence their support and hard work, our coun-
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site: Secure Connections.com. Awareness month that ran throughout seling program has experienced an in-
May with various events and presenta- crease in referrals and new clients of
SAFFRON staff and Board also hosted tions. I am very pleased and honored to over 300% during the past year(see graph
Secure Connection 6 our second annual ‘Casino Latino’ fund say that we have exceeded our expecta- on page 2).
raising event at the Whitecroft Commu- tions with the wonderful support that we
nity Hall with the exciting entertainment have received from our community. We (continued on next page)
Events 7-8 of ‘Hardly a Band.’ The band kept us were at the Salisbury Greenhouses since
warm with their wit and humor although May 10 up to June 8, cooking up pan-
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Message from the Executive Director (con’t)


-Dorthe Flauer, Executive Director

As I have shared with you before, I FRON has presented 280 presentations days, Teri was called to the school to
don’t believe that sexual violence is to over 7520 of students and teachers. assist teens with various issues and al-
necessarily on the increase, but I do Katie has also increased the number of ways came back to the Centre with a
believe that clients are now feeling more different schools that she has made renewed energy and dedication to the
secure and safe to come forward and presentations with very few schools in girls. It has been a very rewarding year
with the increase in awareness of what the County that were not able to have to have worked so closely with Youth
we do, it is easier for them to access our her provide one of her energetic and Workers, Christa Shelley and Tracy Zala
services. For the first year of my time exciting sessions to students. of the Next Step Outreach Schools in
with SAFFRON, many people I met in the both Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatche-
community were very surprised when I Teri Stannard who has been working at wan.
told them I worked with Strathcona SAFFRON since September 1, 2007 is
Sexual Assault Centre. A very common working in her new role as Seeds of The staff of SAFFRON work endlessly
response was, “I didn’t know there was a Healing Admin Coordinator and is pro- with creativity, determination and dedica-
sexual assault centre in Sherwood Park.”. viding support to clients that call the tion to create awareness and provide
Centre in need of our services. Teri is presentations to students, teachers,
There have been changes to our Public responsible for all of our intakes and parents and other community members
Education program and we are very makes connections with many other as well as to other professionals. With
fortunate to have Katie Kitschke on organizations as we work to meet the this awareness SAFFRON has gained a
board as our Public Education Coordina- needs of our clients. presence as a credible, agency that pro-
tor. Katie has a great energy and passion vides, caring, supportive, timely and
Program cover from ‘The Vagina for working with youth in the schools Our ONYX Teen Girls program has affordable services to victims and their
Monologues’ presented in March and since she arrived at SAFFRON in been very successful this year with Teri families.
February, she has tripled the number of has also worked intensely in the ONYX
presentations that have been provided to Teen Girls program at the Next Step
students in our schools. To date, SAF- Out Reach Broadmoor School. Many
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We’re always looking


for volunteers to assist
in various ways. . We
greatly appreciate peo-
ple who can take time
out of their busy sched-
ules. If you are unable
to commit time, we also
accept donations and
can provide you with a
tax receipt.

SAFFRON was fortunate to have a branch of the Sherwood Park Red Hat Society come out and volunteer for one of the Pancake
Breakfasts during the 2008 Heal with Teal Campaign. They’re youthful energy and excitement brought a smile to customers faces
and helped turn a cool spring day into an enormous success.

Website Updates
-Eric Atkinson, Webmaster

Since we are continually growing and In June, a new main directory page was ‘Secure Connection’. This link currently
evolving here at SAFFRON, the webpage created to allow visitors to navigate to goes to a ‘Coming Soon’ page. With the
has had to go through some changes as the different pages that were being devel- recent CIF grant that we have received,
well. oped. With this page now complete, the www.yoursecureconnection.com is now
ONYX Teen Girls page was next, and going to be the new front for our ‘Secure
In April, we officially launched our new currently being developed is the page Connection’ Program.
SAFFRON site, that features a full flash devoted to information on sexual vio-
front end (and a first for the lence and the reporting process titled ‘It’s Always remember to check our main
site...background music). I am pleased to Never the Victim’s Fault’ (see the sneak page for upcoming events and news!
say that there haven’t been any major peek below).
issues with the site, and it has continued
to expand. On the home page, there is also a link to

From Left to Right: The new SAFFRON Main Page (www.saffron-ssac.com), the new SAFFRON flash site, and ‘It’s Never The Victim’s Fault’ (preview)
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ONYX in full swing


-Teri Stannard, Counselling Co-Ordinator and ONYX Facilitator

It has been great year for ONYX, we addition, SAFFRON provides support and anything to do with each other outside
have seen the program grow to new counseling through our outreach ser- the group.
heights. To date, the 10 week ONYX vices.
Program has been run three times in the SAFFRON is very pleased to announce
Centre, twice at Next Step Outreach Some of the topics we address in the that with the continued support of the
School in Fort Saskatchewan, Broadmoor program include: setting healthy bounda- Canadian Women's Foundation, funding
Next Step Outreach School in Sherwood ries (on the internet, in relationships, at has been provided for ONYX for 2008-
Park, three sessions at Fort Saskatchewan work, sports and school), how to say no, 2009. We look forward to another
Boys and Girls Club and we have just dealing with anger, stress and other successful year.
completed two summer sessions here at emotions, dating violence, dealing with
our Centre with one more summer bullying, peer pressure and intimidation,
session booked for August. body awareness, stereotypes and media
Look for current advertising for influences as well as taking a closer look
our upcoming ONYX groups. As our reputation grows so do our at empowering young women and build-
Special thanks to THE BODY referrals for participants. We have ing self-esteem and a sense of identity.
SHOP (Sherwood Park Mall) for received referrals and requests for infor- The greatest achievement though, ac-
their support of the ONYX mation about our program from PChAD cording to the girls who participate, is
Program. Edmonton, Victim Services, FCSS, Mental getting to know the different participants
Health, School Counselors, Children’s in the group and bonding together as
Services and local parent groups. In friends who normally wouldn’t have

We’re ‘Making Connections’


Public Education Presentation Statistics

Community Presentations (From September 2007 – June 2008)

Presentations: 41
Attendees: 1295

Notable presentations:

Alberta Technology Leaders in Education Conference


October,2007 Red Deer, Alberta
3 Presentations to 186 Attendees

‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ Play


November, 2007 Leduc, Alberta; Sherwood Park, Alberta
3 Presentations to 435 Attendees

Flint Energy Professional Development


January, 2008 Sherwood Park, Alberta
3 Presentations to 60 Attendees

Elk Island Public Schools Support Staff Professional Development


February, 2008 Sherwood Park, Alberta
2 Presentations to 40 Attendees

Edmonton and Area District Parole Professional Development


March, 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
1 Presentation to 25 Attendees

Neighborhood Empowerment Team (NET) w/ Edmonton Police Service and Crown Prose-
cutor Craig Kreiger
1 Presentation to 21 Attendees

Strathcona Christian Academy Staff In-service


May, 2008 Sherwood Park, Alberta
1 Presentation to 25 Attendees
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‘Making Connections’ in Public Education


To find out more about -Katie Kitschke, Public Educator

our
Sexual assault is a reality and it is happen- to tell me what they are dealing with and today. Thank you for your presentation.”
‘Making Connections’ ing in our community. Our centre is to ask me for advice. We need to realize I know that SAFFRON is making a differ-
making it a priority to let the community that the youth in our community are ence. I know that these youth that are
Public Education know that we are here and we are able exposed to many dangers, whether it is feeling alone and afraid are finally learning
to help. We are speaking to concerned on the internet, at school, at work, at that they can be healed. It fills my heart
Program... parents and educators and most impor- parties, or even at home. We have a with so much hope to know that we are
tantly we are speaking to the children. responsibility to be proactive in educating able to make a difference and that we can
We need them to know we are here. them about how to protect themselves offer such a vital program and service in
• Check out the website
We need them to understand that we and what to do if they are a victim of Strathcona County.
at www.saffron-ssac.com can help them to heal from the pain of sexual assault, harassment or bullying.
sexual assault and lead a productive life. We need to show them that someone is The statistics are alarmlying high for
or email here to help them and to listen. We victims of sexual assault. Everyone in our
Over the past 3 months I have given never want to turn someone away that community is at risk; Men, Women,
info@saffron-ssac.com more than 100 presentations to thou- has the courage to speak up about the Children, Seniors. We need to do as
sands of students in our community, and violence that they have endured. We much as we can to protect and heal the
• Call us at at one point I began to ask myself if what need our community to support SAF- victims as well as educate others about
I was doing was really making a differ- FRON, so that no one has to deal with the dangers they may be exposed to.
780-449-0900 ence. Within days of wondering that, the their pain alone. We need the victims to know that it is
answer was made very obvious to me. In not their fault. We need them to realize
• Or pick up some info at doing 6 presentations at various high After giving a presentation on Sexual that we will be here to support them and
schools in our community, I was ap- Assault, I was approached by a student hold them up when they need us. We
the Centre! proached by at least one student at each that was hurting. She told me that she need to keep talking so that everyone
presentation with a story to tell me. had never even heard of SAFFRON. She can hear our message.
Sometimes, I would have 4 or 5 of them also told me, “I want you to know that
waiting to talk to me after a presentation you touched me and changed my life

Funding for DVD Production

With the great success and positive re- congratulated SAFFRON on this project Celtic Raine Productions to produce the
sponse for our ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ Play, as they are very impressed with the pro- video for distribution in January 2009.
SAFFRON applied for funding to pro- vincial focus of this grant. SAFFRON Celtic Raine has been very busy with
duce the play into a DVD movie that will has now contracted with Bill Roberts of auditions for the cast during the past
be distributed to rural communi- month. Dwight Denton and Stu
ties to address the issues of McGowan from the Fort Sas-
cyber-bullying. SAFFRON will katchewan Sheeptown Players
assist schools and other organi- have been involved in recruiting
zations to present the play to young teens and assisting Bill
their local community and the with the auditions. SAFFRON
goal is also to set up youth focus will be producing a teacher's
groups to address bullying in guide to be provided with the
their own community. DVD. With requests coming in
from many places including as far
SAFFRON is in the process of off as Seattle Washington for the
setting up a new website: DVD, Dorthe Flauer is confident
yoursecureconnection.com that this will be an excellent
Program cover from the for information about the cyber- opportunity for our local actors to
performances of ‘CTRL ALT bullying issues that often spin gain recognition for their talent ,
DELETE’ at the Dow Centennial into sexual violence against but also that it is also an excellent
Centre in Fort Saskatchewan in youth. This website will be way to get the issues of cyber-
February. The performances developed to set up a forum for bullying 'out there' and talked
were a great success and very well youth in the province to share about in all of Alberta.
received by the numerous schools their experiences and to create a
and community members who dialogue about what they can do
were present. to make a difference in their
Executive Director Dorthe Flauer with the Director of
area.
SAFFRON’s ‘Ctrl Alt Delete’ Play, Dwight Denton of the
Sheeptown Players Drama Society pictured at the February
In June, SAFFRON was granted
funding from the Community production in Fort Saskatchewan.
Incentives Fund (CIF) through
the Provincial Government. CIF staff
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Our 2nd Annual Casino Latino was the hottest thing going on during the coldest night of the year (-33°C). Entertainment was provided by ‘Hardly a
Band’ (Alex Russo and Jeff Fillion) and we were overwhelmed by the support from the community for not only sponsoring silent auction items, but
setting a record in attendance. The fun casino was staffed by the Big Idea Company and we look forward to putting on the next casino February 28,
2009!

May was again proclaimed as ‘Sexual Violence Awareness Month’ in both Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan.
The ‘Heal with Teal’ Campaign included the Proclamation Ceremonies in Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan, a
Lunch And Learn as well as pancake breakfasts and BBQ lunches in support of the Centre (pictured above). Along
with SAFFRON, the following organizations were recipients of proceeds from the fundraising: Parent’s Place, Hearts
& Hooves Edmonton, and the Fort Saskatchewan & Sherwood Park Boys & Girls Clubs were also participated. We
also appreciate the tireless efforts of our many volunteers who helped make these events a success.
Sign-A-Rama Sherwood Park Owner Ian Proctor with Alberta
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach congratulated Executive Director
Premier Ed Stelmach at their official grand opening. SAFFRON
Dorthe Flauer for the Centre’s work and for collaborating with
was on hand to provide hamburger and hot dog lunch that was a
Sign-A-Rama to mutually benefit in the grand opening festivities.
part of the grand opening festivities.

SAFFRON BOARD OF DIRECTORS SAFFRON STAFF MEMBERS AT LARGE

JUDY BAIN - PRESIDENT DORTHE FLAUER, BA, RSW ALLAN ALCOCK


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ED ANDREWS
JENNIFER ELLIOTT - VICE PRESIDENT MARY ANDREWS
TERI STANNARD, BSc, BEd ALLEN BAIN
DAN TABASHNIUK - SECRETARY COUNSELLING CO-ORDINATOR CEDAR BEAUDETTE-HODSMAN
CHRIS BEAUDETTE-HODSMAN
RAHAT ABDULLA KATIE KITSCHKE KAI BEAUDETTE-HODSMAN
PUBLIC EDUCATOR DOROTHY HARRIS
EVA BUSKAS GAIL KRAUSS
ERIC ATKINSON JACK KRAUSS
ALAN DUNN WEBMASTER / GRAPHIC DESIGNER LORRAIN KRAUSS
GERRY LEE
LINDA OSINCHUK CONTRACTORS JO MCAULEY
JOAN RICHARDSON
LIZ PRATT JOY PETERSON, MSW, RSW SUZANNE RUSSELL
BILLIE THOMPSON
JIM PRATT (Honorary) STEPHANIE BOZZER, MSW, RSW ANNE VIMTRUP

KARIN LORD, R Psych.

SAFFRON: STRATHCONA SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE LTD.


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