Male leaders call for an end to domestic violence

Media Release
November 21, 2017

Male leaders call for an end to domestic violence

Edmonton, AB-- Male leaders from business, government and the non-profit world are gathering in Edmonton tomorrow morning to call for an end to domestic violence.

The 12th annual ACWS Breakfast with the Guys event is taking place in the Chateau Lacombe from 6:45-8.30am on Wednesday the 22nd of November.

Speaking at the Breakfast Jan Reimer, Executive Director of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters will say,

“More than 5,000 women entered Edmonton’s shelters in the last fiscal year.  These women faced a range of abusive behaviours including sexual assault, physical assault, emotional and financial abuse.”

Jan Reimer continued,

“Breakfast with the Guys is an opportunity for the ‘good guys’ to come together and make a clear statement in opposition to our society’s degradation of women.  It is so important that they do this to counteract the news we hear every day  of men engaging in  domestic violence and sexual assault.  At this year’s Breakfast speakers will talk about how it feels to respond to domestic violence in a range of situations, including in women’s shelters, as a family doctor and as survivors.”


Breakfast with the Guys Details and Background: 

The Breakfast with the Guys is an annual event organised by the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters.  This year over 200 women and men leaders will gather to discuss the theme of ‘How Does it Feel?’  Emcee for the event will be Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Sarah Hoffman.

Other speakers will touch on how it feels to confront domestic violence in a range of situations:

  • Pat Vargas, Executive Director of A Safe Place women’s shelter in Sherwood Park.
  • Dr. Suzanne Squires, Westview PCN & Westgrove Clinic
  • Maria Fitzpatrick, MLA
  • Keon Raymond, ACWS Leading Change trainer/VP of the CFL Players Association and 2-time Grey Cup winner with the Calgary Stampeders.
  • Tuval Nafshi, ACWS Leading Change Community Developer
ACWS Background:
Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) supports 41 member shelters across Alberta and works together to end domestic violence and abuse. ACWS was incorporated in 1983 and is a registered charity.
ACWS Charitable Registration: #118780634RR0001

ACWS Media contact: 
Eoin Murray
Communications Advisor
Cell: 780-218-4468