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Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre receives award

2022 Inspiration Awardsc eremony was held in Calgary this past Friday
Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre education and community awareness manager Carlia Schwab (left) and CASASC educator Kailee Mears at the 2022 Inspiration Awards in Calgary this past Friday. (Contributed photo)

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre’s Education Program has received a provincial award.

The 2022 Inspiration Awards, which was held in Calgary this past Friday, recognizes leadership in preventing family violence, sexual violence, child abuse and bullying across Alberta.

CASASC received its award for showing leadership in sexual violence prevention.

Ten Inspiration Awards were presented by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to individuals and groups. The awards were presented by Minister of Community and Social Services Jason Luan. The Honourable Lois Mitchell, who was Alberta’s 18th Lieutenant Governor, acted as Master of Ceremonies.

“Having to adapt to COVID realities, in October 2020 the education program underwent a complete revision of all programming, developing content to virtual teaching modalities and adapting to meet the needs of in-person teaching dynamics,” Lois Mitchell said at the ceremony.

“The CASASC Education Program grew in the following months from one solidified program into five formal school offerings for Grades K-12, with full availability to schools and community starting September 2021.”

Through the expansion of programs and age-appropriate content and topics, the education program has contributed to the enhanced awareness and prevention of sexual violence, and the creation of healthy relationships for all schools within Central Alberta, said Mitchell.

“Offering programs at no-cost and either virtual of in-person delivery models, the education program helps to reduce barriers to their programs and are quickly becoming a recognized and recommended sources for primary prevention programming,” she said.

The CASASC Education Program is designed to prevent sexual violence in Central Alberta. It is the home of educational programming like No Secrets K-4 and Healthy Dating Relationships 101. The program’s team consists of five educators who completed 477 presentations in the 2021-2022 school year.

This is the second Inspiration Award received by CASASC. In 2018, CASASC received a group leadership award for offering innovative and comprehensive programs and services.

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Sean McIntosh

About the Author: Sean McIntosh

Sean joined the Red Deer Advocate team in the summer of 2017. Originally from Ontario, he worked in a small town of 2,000 in Saskatchewan for seven months before coming to Central Alberta.
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