A message from Executive Director Gord Sand
From our 2018 Annual Report
In 2018 we began a journey of organizational change, formally recognizing something we have long known to be true: that addiction and/or criminal behaviour can largely be the result of childhood trauma. By implementing the Alberta Family Wellness Initative’s Brain Story certification as training for our staff, we are ensuring to address the very root causes of crime.
Our Ignite Opioid Awareness Project, which ran from May to December, gave people who have experienced the opioid crisis a platform to share their stories in hopes of reducing the stimga against people who use substances. The painting on the cover of our 2018 Annual Report is one such project, which was created by a man who lost his friend to addiction (right).
Also this past year, we received accreditation from the Canadian Accreditation Council of Human Services for our governance and management, Roofs for Youth and youth outreach programs — a significant accomplishment that recognizes the quality service our staff provide every day.
Much of 2018 has been spent around the construction of our new residence and community services building, which opened in June 2019. This is a huge step for us and has been a long time coming, as the process has taken 15 years to get to where we are now. We look forward to celebrating our next chapter with all of our important stakeholders!