October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

October 1, 2019 – CALGARY, AB – Alberta Child Advocacy Centres’ speak up for our childrenOctober is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Child Advocacy Centres’ across Alberta are helping kids in their communities find their voice. Alberta is proud to have eight of the 27 Child Advocacy Centres’ in Canada, these centres’ are fully operational

Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre Names Karen Orser as New Chief Executive Officer

CALGARY, September 4th, 2019- The Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) is pleased to announce Karen Orser as their new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Orser, who most recently served as President and CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of Calgary and Area, has 20 years of extensive experience within the not-for-profit sector and

Government of Canada supports partners focused on preventing gender-based violence

From the Public Health Agency of Canada – Minister of Health’s Parliamentary Secretary announces funding for projects aimed at addressing youth and teen dating violence Gender-based violence—including violence against people based on their gender expression, gender identity, or perceived gender—is a significant cause of harm and a preventable barrier to gender equality. It is crucial that

Calgary Child Advocacy Centre launches trauma-training program

From the Calgary Herald – A new program launched by the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre aims to help people recognize the potential signs of child abuse when working with youth. The online tool, called “Being Trauma Aware: Making a difference in the lives of children and youth”, is a two-and-a-half-hour course designed to increase understanding of

Sheldon Kennedy Hands Child Advocacy Centre Back To The Community

We respect Sheldon Kennedy’s decision to hand the Child Advocacy Centre back to the community and we are so grateful to have had his support and the opportunity to work so closely with him for the past five years. We are proud of Sheldon and the tireless work he has accomplished. He has been a

With over a century of service, Calgary’s Children’s Hospital Aid Society earns philanthropic award

From the Calgary Herald – With no office and no paid staff, it’s no mean feat to raise half a million dollars for charity every year. Yet the Children’s Hospital Aid Society, founded in Calgary in 1908, continues to raise huge money to help children throughout southern Alberta. “We started in the Beltline, in a house

CCAC Therapy Dogs

From BT Calgary – Dr. Sarah MacDonald from the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre introduce us to Axel, one of the dogs who provides comfort to kids at the centre. The full video can be found online here.

Forensic Interviewing: helping prevent abuse victims from being re-traumatized

From 770 News – The goal of the forensic interview is to use techniques grounded in science to gather as much accurate and extensive memory recall as possible while limiting the impact of trauma on the child or youth. Guest Dr. Sarah MacDonald, Forensic Interviewer at CCAC and Axel. Axel is a therapy dog who helps provide

Experts say parents are first line of defence in preventing sexual abuse in sports

From the Canadian Press – Sara Austin says parents enrolling their children in athletic programs this fall can take an important step to help prevent sexual abuse. Just talk. Austin, the CEO of the Calgary Child Advocacy Centre, is working hard to get the message out this October that parents are the first line of defence

New Calgary exhibit aims to increase child abuse awareness

From CTV Calgary – The Calgary Child Advocacy Centre (CCAC) is attempting to bring the issue of child abuse to the forefront with an exhibit that offers the public, including students over the age of 13, an opportunity to experience the long-lasting impact through the words of survivors. The Lisa Project, an exhibit created in the