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How we help you lead change.
We want to create a cultural shift, a movement: in your workplace, on your daughter's hockey team, during a night out with friends.
To do this we unlock the leadership potential inside you and your community. Then we support you to lead change against violence and abuse of women.
We work with workplaces, shools, youth organizations and communities - Leading Change together.
Utilizing a community-based approach means that we don’t have a cookie-cutter response. Our initial consultation attempts to understand who you are, what your community needs and wants, and how we can best support you in preventing gender based violence.
Phone: 780-456-7000 ext 223
See how other communities are leading change [ link to map].
Training Your Leaders
We tailor our training for your needs and for long-term impact in your organisation. We create a non-judgemental learning space where people feel comfortable enough to change themselves, and supported to work with peers to change their environment.
Leading Change is a movement not a workshop. What this movement looks like will differ from community to community. We work with communities to try to build ongoing and sustained efforts to end gender based violence.
Once our collaboration is underway we offer on-going support to you and your community. As with all of our work, this will be designed to meet your specific needs. This may look like co-facilitating with local Leading Change facilitators, coaching and providing feedback to local facilitators, content support or program consultation.
Our Unique Approach
- Informed by women's shelters across Alberta
- Transformational for individuals
- Customizable tools for schools and organizations
Informed by women's shelters across Alberta
Leading Change is informed by women's shelters across the province who are members of Alberta Council of Women's Shelters. This perspective keeps our training accountable to survivors of violence.
Our programs are developed based on research and we are constantly evaluating our work to enhance the outcomes and experiences of our clients. You can read some of our research reports here.
Transformational for individuals
Transformational facilitation is an approach that goes beyond sharing information. We don’t simply share information, we actively engage participants by asking them to bring who they are and what they believe into our sessions. Through activity and dialogue we explore the roots of gender based violence and work to transform the attitudes, values and beliefs that create a culture where this violence is at epidemic proportions.
Customizable tools for schools and organizations
When you engage Leading Change, we will work with you to understand the unique needs of your group. We'll tailor our presentations to your areas of interest or to specific issues you want to address. It's not just a cookie-cutter approach.
Being strength-based means looking for what is strong in people rather than what is wrong in them. We don’t assume people are part of the problem, we assume they can be part of the solution. We don’t try to make people feel shame or guilt, we help people feel inspired, motivated and equipped to work towards a world without violence.
Women centred approaches place women at the centre of service models, foregrounding their safety, dignity and unique circumstances. Women are experts on their own experiences and needs, and they should have a strong role in defining service expectations and outcomes. Gender-neutral services often fail to recognize and respond appropriately to women’s uniquely barriered experiences of violence and abuse. As such, these service providers are far less likely to successfully meet women’s needs and create effective safety nets to keep women and their children safe from abuse. Approaches that are women centred provide holistic services that empower women, treat them with dignity and recognize the intersecting societal barriers women face that impede their path to safety.