About Leading Change






What we do

Alberta Council of Women's Shelters (ACWS) offers gender-based violence prevention training for a variety of clients: schools, businesses, government, non-profits and communities. Our training invites people to look at how they can make a lasting contribution to end violence against women. Our expert Leading Change facilitators provide a combination of personal reflection, transformative educational tools and evidence from women's shelters across Alberta. We aim to catalyze audiences into action, providing the knowledge and tools to intervene against sexism and abuse day to day. 

We work with every client to identify their unique needs and tailor our training accordingly. Our training can be intensive ("train the trainer"), introductory, or build upon your existing skills. We have experience facilitating events for large or small groups. Training might explore topics you read about in the news, suggest best practices for workplaces in response to Occupational Health & Safety changes, or focus on specific issues your organization or community would like to address.

Following training, we stay connected to you. We're happy to provide further resources, local connections and coaching opportunities to create long-term change in your organization or community.  


Your organization can become a leader in ending violence against women. 


Contact us for an initial conversation.

Learn more about our services.


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What we believe

  • We believe that the issues of violence and abuse are the responsibilities of the entire community.

  • We believe in the strength of Albertans to step up and prevent gender-based violence.

  • We believe that individuals are ready, willing and able to change.

  • We believe that people respond well to a positive environment that works on strengths (not judgments).

  • We believe that people are impacted when they realize how extensive domestic violence is.

  • We believe that abuse can be ended if we all work together.


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Who we are

ACWS' Leading Change is made possible by three dedicated team members who work alongside partners, contractors and facilitators across the province. 


Christie Lavan

Leading Change Program Developer

Christie is the Leading Change Program Developer with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters.  Christie is a born and bred Albertan who works to equip the public with insights about the impacts of domestic violence and supports communities to propel positive social change. Her diverse background includes time in the Reserves with the Canadian Military as a Radio Operator, calling show timings in television newsrooms, writing & producing television & film content in the independent television industry and serving as a communications generalist at Alberta Health Services, and later at the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. 


Tuval Nafshi

Community Developer

Tuval Dinner is the Leading Change Community Developer.  He is a violence prevention educator specializing in healthy relationships, consent, gender equity and healthy masculinity. Over the past decade he has facilitated workshops and delivered presentations for thousands of young people, educators and community members on issues relating to sexism, sexual violence, healthy relationships, gender equity and eliminating violence from our lives. 

Having worked in Ontario, British Columbia and Ireland Tuval brings a wealth of diverse experiences to this position. He received his social work education from Grant MacEwan University and University of Victoria.

Tuval has also worked on promoting children's rights, positive father involvement and meaningful sexual health education. Tuval has previously worked for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA) and the White Ribbon Campaign.


Lisa Klemp

Leading Change Assistant

Lisa joined the ACWS team in June of 2016 to assist with the Leading Change Project. She adds valuable knowledge to the project, having worked in a variety of areas including employment standards, real estate, legal bookkeeping and the energy sector. Lisa has education in office administration, human resources and mediation/negotiation. She began her career working with the YWCA in Regina where they had just opened the Isabel Johnson women’s shelter. She is thrilled to be working with Alberta Council of Women's Shelters and feels that she has returned to her roots. Having raised two young men who are actively involved in social justice work, the Leading Change Project is a wonderful fit for her.    


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Our Model

This community engagement model emerged as part of the Working Together project with Status of Women Canada, and is informed by a 15-year-old body of work by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters working to engage and inspire the public on this issue.

Use the Table of Contents to navigate through the model online, or download the PDF version. 


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