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Across Alberta, we provide tailored training to help communities understand and prevent violence against women.
How we help you lead change.
We share a common goal with you: we want to prevent violence against women in our communities.
Across Alberta, we provide tailored training to help communities understand and prevent gender-based violence. Leading Change will work with you to unlock your organization's leadership potential and support your efforts to address sexism, violence and abuse. Our training will give you the tools to lead from wherever you stand: in your workplace, on your daughter's hockey team, or during a night out with friends.
We're creating a cultural shift— a movement that extends beyond the classroom. We are Leading Change together.
We know your organization is unique and Alberta's communities are diverse. Using a community-based approach means we don't have a cookie-cutter response to violence prevention training. Our initial consultation attempts to understand exactly who you are, what your community needs are, 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.
Training Your Leaders
We tailor our training for your needs and for long-term impact in your organization and community. We create a non-judgemental learning space where people feel comfortable enough to shift their perspectives, and supported enough to work with peers to build an environment that promotes safety and equality for all.
Leading Change is a movement, rather than 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 ongoing support to you and your community. As with all of our work, this will be designed to meet your specific needs. For example, we may provide a Train-the-Trainer model for your chosen leaders, we may provide feedback and support to your newly trained facilitators, or we may advise you on further violence-prevention policies in your office.
Connect to Community
All across our province - and our country - change is happening. We can connect you with a wider community of people seeking to end gender-based violence. Learn from others, share what you have learned or just know that you are not alone.
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
Alberta Council of Women's Shelters works with 41 member shelters across the province. This close relationship makes sure our Leading Change curriculum is accountable to survivors and communities impacted by domestic violence.
All our work is evaluated: whether it's with sports teams, schools, or corporations-- for a longterm project or a one-time workshop. You can read some of our research reports here.
Transformational for individuals
We use an approach that goes beyond presenting 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 attitudes, values and beliefs in order to create a culture that prevents gender-based violence and supports survivors.
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.
We don’t assume people are part of the problem, we assume they can be part of the solution. We help people feel inspired, motivated and equipped to work towards a world without violence.
Although people of all genders experience violence and people of all genders can perpetrate violence, we also know women experience severe domestic violence at a higher rate. According to the office of the Chief Coroner's 2016 report, there were a total of 388 homicides with domestic violence involvement in Ontario from 2002 to 2015. Of that number, 36 were children, 37 were men and 314 were women.
Our curriculum uses a gendered lens to understand how we can address all forms of violence.