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SACE is Hiring a Volunteer Manager

February 15, 2018

Job Title: Volunteer Manager, Community Engagement

Reports To: Director of Community Engagement and Executive Director

Summary of Position

The Volunteer Manager is full-time position responsible for the operations of the Volunteer Program and the Support and Information Line at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE). The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, and educates the public about sexual violence. We offer a friendly and warm work environment and are looking for someone in this position to work weekly Monday – Thursday. Flexibility to work weekday evenings and weekends is a requirement.

The position involves:

  • Recruiting, screening, training and supervising volunteers for all volunteer positions
  • Coordinating and facilitating training for volunteers on the Sexual Assault Support and Information Line and Crisis Chat, which includes:
    • Facilitating training sessions;
    • Coordinating with other SACE staff and other organizations to facilitate sessions;
    • Supervising and providing feedback on mock calls
    • Developing and updating training materials
  • Recognizing volunteers’ contributions to SACE through informal and formal avenues;
  • Maintaining records of all volunteers and volunteer activity
  • Promoting volunteer relations
    • Develop and distribute a monthly volunteer newsletter;
    • Facilitate monthly volunteer meetings;
    • Support volunteer social events;
  • Managing the volunteer program expense budget within existing financial guidelines
  • Facilitating the operation of the Sexual Assault Support and Information Line and Crisis Chat
    • Oversee volunteer scheduling
    • Provide on-going supervision and support for volunteers
    • Act as liaison between SACE and the designated answering service
    • Provide crisis intervention when required
  • Recruiting and training volunteers for various fundraising and special events, including staffing public education information booths in the community;
  • Maintaining Volunteer Program portion of the SACE website
  • Collaborating on the writing of various funding and program reports;
  • Participating in various fundraising initiatives for SACE including bingos, casinos and an annual fundraising gala.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree is preferred, although experience will be considered
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in public speaking, event planning, website management, project management and Microsoft Office

The ideal candidate:

  • Is able to work and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization
  • Is comfortable with public speaking and communicates effectively in both written and verbal form
  • Is creative and innovative in developing new and unique ways to improve the volunteer program and create new opportunities
  • Is comfortable working collaboratively with other staff and organizations
  • Is adaptable and open to change within the position
  • Is highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Is familiar with feminist approaches to support and violence prevention

 

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, with a resume and 3 professional references. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

SACE is committed to hiring practices that support diversity, equity and inclusions. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. We encourage First Nations, Metis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; person of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to a diversity of ideas and practice at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, to apply. First consideration will go to applicants who have direct experience supporting those impacted by sexual violence, especially those who are familiar with SACE’s Volunteer Training Program, or a comparable program.

 

Closing Date: March 19, 2018

Negotiable Position Start Date: April 30, 2018

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to info@sace.ab.ca  OR

#205, 14964 121A Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T5V 1A3

Attn: Selection Committee – Volunteer Manager

*We thank all who apply; only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted*

SACE is Hiring a Hospitality Educator

February 15, 2018

Job Title:             Hospitality Educator, Community Engagement

Reports To:         Director of Community Engagement and Executive Director

Summary of Position:

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is hiring a full-time Educator on a one year contract with the possibility of extension. The successful candidate would be responsible for delivering presentations and workshops on the topic of sexual violence to the communityThe focus of this role will be providing sexual violence response and prevention education to the hospitality sector, including bars, night clubs, venues, festivals and other licensed establishments and events. The successful candidate will also lend capacity to the rest of the public education team by facilitating presentations on sexual violence to schools, community, and professionals when available to do so.

SACE is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, and educates the public about sexual violence. We offer a friendly and warm work environment. While regular office hours are Monday-Thursday, due to the nature of the hospitality sector, this position requires ample flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.

The position involves:

  • Facilitating workshops, presentations, and trainings on consent, sexual violence, and bystander intervention to the hospitality sector, including bars, night clubs, venues, festivals, and other licensed establishments and events;
  • Coordinating “5 Minute Friend”, a training program for the hospitality industry on sexual violence response and bystander intervention;
  • Building relationships and working collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders, including the U of A Sexual Assault Centre, industry partners, AGLC, etc;
  • Lending capacity to the rest of the public education team by facilitating workshops on sexual violence, consent, and other related topics to schools, communities and professionals;
  • Staying up-to-date of new research and developments in the field of sexual violence prevention and facilitation;
  • Creating and distributing written materials regarding sexual violence;
  • Representing SACE at various committees, meetings, conferences, and public events;
  • Identifying and responding to community needs and emerging issues related to sexual violence;
  • Collaborating on the writing of various grant and funding applications and reports;
  • Providing crisis support and intervention to individuals affected by sexual violence;
  • Participating in various fundraising initiatives for SACE including bingos, casinos and an annual fundraising gala;
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree is preferred, although experience will be considered
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Reliable vehicle and driver’s license
  • Experience in education, public speaking, and event planning are assets
  • Experience working in the hospitality sector is an asset

The ideal candidate:

  • Is passionate about preventing sexual violence through the provision of non-victim blaming education
  • Is comfortable with public speaking in front of large and small audiences
  • Has experiences facilitating sensitive and challenging discussions with folks from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Communicates effectively in both written and verbal form
  • Is able to work and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization
  • Is highly adaptable
  • Thinks creatively about projects and assignments
  • Is highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Is comfortable working collaboratively with other staff and organizations
  • Has experience working with the hospitality sector
  • Is familiar with intersectional-feminist approaches to support and violence prevention

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, with a resume and 3 professional references. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

SACE is committed to hiring practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

We encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to a diversity of ideas and practices at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton to apply.

Closing Date:     March 19, 2018

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to info@sace.ab.ca                OR

#205, 14964 121A Avenue, Edmonton, AB  T5V 1A3

Attn: Selection Committee – Public Educator

*We thank all who apply; only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted*

SACE is Hiring a Public Educator

February 15, 2018

Job Title:         Public Educator, Community Engagement

Reports To:     Director of Community Engagement and Executive Director

Summary of Position:

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is hiring a full-time Public Educator responsible for delivering presentations and workshops on the topic of sexual violence to the community. SACE is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, and educates the public about sexual violence. We offer a friendly and warm work environment and are looking for someone in this position to work weekly Monday – Thursday. Flexibility to work weekday evenings and weekends is a requirement.
The position involves:
  • Facilitating workshops and presentations on sexual violence, consent, and other related topics to schools, community organizations, and professionals;
  • Researching and developing new presentations on topics related to sexual violence;
  • Staying up-to-date of new research and developments in the field of sexual violence prevention and facilitation;
  • Creating and distributing written materials regarding sexual violence;
  • Representing SACE at various committees, meetings, conferences, and public events;
  • Identifying and responding to community needs and emerging issues related to sexual violence;
  • Collaborating on the writing of various grant and funding applications and reports;
  • Providing crisis support and intervention to individuals affected by sexual violence;
  • Participating in various fundraising initiatives for SACE including bingos, casinos and an annual fundraising gala;
  • Other duties as required.
Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree is preferred, although experience will be considered
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Reliable vehicle and driver’s license
  • Experience in education, public speaking, and event planning are assets
The ideal candidate:
  • Is passionate about preventing sexual violence through the provision of non-victim blaming education
  • Is comfortable with public speaking in front of large and small audiences
  • Communicates effectively in both written and verbal form
  • Is able to work and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization
  • Is highly adaptable
  • Thinks creatively about projects and assignments
  • Is highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Is comfortable working collaboratively with other staff and organizations
  • Is familiar with intersectional-feminist approaches to support and violence prevention
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, with a resume and 3 professional references. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.
SACE is committed to hiring practices that support diversity, equity and inclusion. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.
We encourage First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to a diversity of ideas and practices at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton to apply.
Closing Date: March 19, 2018
To Apply:        Please send resume and cover letter to info@sace.ab.ca     OR
#205, 14964 121A Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5V 1A3
Attn: Selection Committee – Public Educator
*We thank all who apply; only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted *

Expressive Therapy: body-based therapies for trauma counselling

July 18, 2017

About SACE

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) exists to support people impacted by sexual violence and engage communities to promote respect and uphold a culture of consent. Our services include individual and group counselling for people ages 3 and up, public education, policy consultation, information and support sessions, a 24-Hour Support and Information line, and outreach to our diverse communities. All of our services are individually tailored to meet people where they are at.

Each year, we provide thousands of hours of counselling to survivors of sexual violence over the age of three. Most would not otherwise be able to afford counseling. Many of our clients are some of the most marginalized and vulnerable in our city. We work closely with the Zebra Child Protection Centre, and receive all of their sexual abuse referrals for counselling. This year we are on track to double the number of clients we serve. As professionals in the area of trauma, our therapists are continuously developing their skills and moving into new modalities for treatment, so that clients always receive the optimal support and can express their trauma in the way that makes the most sense for them.

What is Expressive Therapy?

The healing process after trauma from sexual violence is something that doesn’t happen all at once: it takes time, and it takes continued support. And sometimes we just don’t have the words to express how we feel. While much can be addressed through talking therapies, gaining access to traumatic experiences through expressive and sensory, body-based forms of therapy as well gives survivors one more tool to be able to heal. Research has shown incredible connections between trauma, stress and physiology: trauma is stored in the body.

The expressive therapies include art, music, dance/movement, drama, poetry/creative writing, play, and sand tray therapy. These research and evidence-based therapies are non-verbal and sensory-based, which is helpful because trauma frequently disconnects us from the body, and because talk therapy has an end point. These therapies allow people to experience themselves and communicate on multiple levels—visual, tactile, kinesthetic and more. Expressive therapies can help people achieve feelings of comfort and security, and decrease the fear of body sensations. For people who may not be able to articulate thoughts, sensations, emotions or perceptions, it is one way to convey what may be difficult to express with words.

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct their own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. The scene that’s created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and gives them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain self-acceptance.

Although sand tray therapy may look like child’s play, it is a highly therapeutic and multidimensional form of therapy that can provide emotional release and realization for a person in therapy. Adults who have been traumatized and show limited response to other forms of therapy may respond well to sand tray therapy. The environment presents an atmosphere free from threats, and the therapist works with the client to alter the positions of the miniature objects as representations of true people and events. By facilitating change in play, a person can gain the ability to recognize that these same changes can be made in their own life.

Art Therapy

Art therapy creates a safe space for healing that allows this process to take place, and encourages the client to then work through what the creative piece brings to the surface in a supportive, directed environment. The focus is on the process of creating, rather than the end result. Often it can be hard to verbally express feelings like shame or overwhelming fear. This means that sometimes the only way to move these emotions is through creative means. Non-verbal expression can also be important for processing traumas that occurred as a young child before learning to speak. This approach helps clients to find personal meaning and direction, reduce stress and anxiety, cope with pain, enhance cognitive abilities, develop resilience, self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence, and acts as a transition after counselling therapy.

We Need Your Support

Currently, SACE has just one playroom for use by our 4 play therapists and 2 expressive arts therapists. The demand for these therapies exceeds the capacity. As well, the space is set up for young children, with murals on the walls and toys and play stations set up throughout. This is highly effective for kids 10 and under, but means that the space is too juvenile to be an appropriate therapeutic space for older children, youth and adults who could also benefit from these therapies.

To address this, SACE needs a space for more creative therapies, and specifically a space that is appropriate for youth ages 12-17 and for adults. Giving clients a space where they can reclaim their creativity and ability to play can be incredibly therapeutic, and can even help those that are “stuck” in their therapy to move forward.

SACE has already begun fundraising efforts for this cause, at the We Believe: The Art of Healing gala, and through the generous donation of Chicks With Cheques and 100 Men YEG. With your support, we can do it.

We Believe: A benefit for SACE 2017

June 6, 2017

Sponsor thank-youThis year’s We Believe benefit was even bigger and better, with almost 500 guests in attendance at the Shaw Conference Centre. Pictures are available here care of Girl Named Shirl Photography.

Once again, thank you to Parlee McLaws, Servus Credit Union, Kevin and Jenny Boyd, VKO LLP, Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers, Belfor Property Restoration, Ron Eliasson, Newwest Travel, Westjet, the Luxus Group, and CTV Edmonton for your support of SACE. We could absolutely not have pulled off this event without your support!

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New Alberta-wide plan aims to tackle sexual violence

May 15, 2017

Please read this important article, highlighting a new Alberta action plan to improve services for people who experience sexual assault. “The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is on track to seeing its client numbers nearly double this year due to a shift in awareness and understanding” says SACE Executive Director Mary Jane James.

The full interview is available on CBC Edmonton at the 4.00 minute mark.

We want to hear from you!

April 12, 2017

We would love to hear from you! The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is currently undertaking a research project to help us improve. We will be working with an external marketing and communication firm to build our profile in the community.

Before that begins, we have engaged an independent research company to speak with stakeholders in confidential, one-on-one telephone interviews. Participants will be asked to comment on their perceptions of SACE, how SACE presents themselves and what challenges SACE currently faces in terms of misunderstandings in the community.

We are looking for people who have experience with SACE to participate in a 30 to 40 minute telephone interview. We want to assure you that your participation is completely voluntary and that the results of interviews will be reported in aggregate. Nothing you share with Johnston Research will be attributed back to you, nor will you be asked to share information on your personal experiences. If you are interested in participating in this research project, you can call Sandra Johnston, owner of Johnston Research, at 780-637-2878. She will be conducting interviews for the remainder of this week and over the long weekend. Interviews can be scheduled for morning, afternoon or evening. If you have any questions about this research project, you can call Sara Cameron, Director of Communications, at 780.423.4102.

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We Believe: The art of healing

March 20, 2017

On Thursday, May 25th, SACE will be hosting its annual fundraising and awareness gala at the Shaw Conference Centre.  The evening will include musical entertainment, plated dinner, special guests, as well as silent and live auctions.  The theme of this year’s event is “The Art of Healing”.  Art therapy is one of the many therapeutic trauma modalities utilized by the 14 trauma therapists at SACE.

This year, we are proud to announce that Jillian Marino, a survivor of a horrific act of sexual violence, will be our guest speaker.  Jillian, now the Principal at JD Bracco Junior High School, has shared her story as a keynote speaker with Victim’s Services volunteers, Conferences for Crown Prosecutors, Violence against Women Events, and for the Edmonton Police Service over the years. Her very impactful end empowering presentation will be one of hope, strength, and victory in the healing journey after trauma.

As difficult as it is to understand, statistics consistently indicate that, in Canada, 1 in 3 women and at least 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Since 1975, SACE has been providing professional, essential services and support to survivors ages 3 and up of all genders.  These services include individual and group counselling, extensive, age and audience-specific public education programs, diversity outreach and support to marginalized communities, court support, as well as a 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line.  We are the only agency in the City of Edmonton to provide this range of services to the community at no fee.  All proceeds from the We Believe Benefit will be directed towards services and support for our clients and our community.

With statistics as high as they are, and whether we realize it or not, we all know someone who has been affected by this crime.    Please help us support the many survivors in our community on their healing journey by making a contribution to our event through sponsorship, donating to our silent auction, and most importantly through your attendance!

Listen. Believe. Support.  We can all do something.  Please know that your “something” will make a difference.

For ticket information: www.we-believe-benefit@eventbrite.ca

How do you Picture Love? SACE wants to know

March 16, 2017

Picture Love art and photography contest

 

How do you visualize love and healing? Is it a serene morning landscape? An abstract painting that lets the mind wander to a safe space? Or maybe an energizing spray of flowers in the colours of a sunset?

 

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) believes in that vision. We believe in our community. We believe that people can heal. Most of all, we believe in a world free of sexualized violence. To celebrate this vision and our upcoming gala, We Believe: The Art of Healing, we would like to invite you to enter our Picture Love art contest. From March 20, 2017 to May 15, 2017, SACE will be accepting images of family friendly art and photography.

 

Winners will be picked by random draw and announced through our social media platforms. They will also have the option of having their art sold at the silent auction at the upcoming gala.

 

Prizes for the top three positions are as follows:

1st Place: 2 tickets to the We Believe benefit gala and a $100 gift card to an art store

2nd Place: $100 gift card to an art store

3rd Place: $50 gift card to an art store

 

Rules and Requirements:

  1. The Picture Love Art Contest is an all ages art and photography contest.
  2. Artists must be from Edmonton or the Greater Edmonton area.
  3. Submitted work must be family friendly and adhere to the themes of the Picture Love art contest (love, healing and community).
  4. The work must be original. You must be the creator of the artwork and the submitted image file you or your approved representative sends to our contest. SACE is not responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials for submitted work.
  5. Artists retain all copyright to their work.
  6. By entering into this contest, you are granting SACE a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on the SACE website, social media accounts, and in promotion of future campaigns. Work used by SACE will include credits to the artist.
  7. Entrants have until 12 a.m. on May 15, 2017 to submit their artwork.

 

The Entry Process

  1. Your images must be submitted as JPEG files at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.
  2. Email your entry, along with full name and contact information to shannonn@sace.ab.ca

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton retains the right to refuse any submission that is deemed offensive, dangerous or otherwise inappropriate.

 

 

 

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) Response to N.S. Judge Ruling on Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

March 10, 2017

In response to the news coming out of Nova Scotia last week, where a judge acquitted a Halifax taxi driver of sexually assaulting a woman in his cab when she was extremely intoxicated, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) would like to emphasize our stance that the consent laws in Canada need to be well understood and applied in consistent and just ways.

It is crucial that the correct person be held accountable in instances of sexual assault. It is not the responsibility of women, or indeed anyone, to protect themselves from the violence someone chooses to inflict upon them. If someone is drinking and showing observable signs of intoxication, they are not able to give consent, and any individual pursuing sexual contact with another person has a legal responsibility to stop when that person shows signs of intoxication. Drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault often occurs when someone chooses to engage in sexual contact with a person who is too intoxicated to consent (for example, passed out, vomiting, impaired speech).

In reading about this incident, it is clear that both the taxi driver and the judge should have been able to identify that the complainant was too intoxicated to consent. Consent should be mutual, enthusiastic, voluntary, and can be revoked at any point. Consent is not intoxicated, urine-soaked, memory impaired, or unconscious.

Additionally, taxi drivers, police officers, and judges are all in positions of power, trust, and authority. These individuals, and the positions they hold, are intended to serve a function in the community by providing safety for vulnerable people, be it law enforcement, criminal justice, or transportation. People holding these positions need to be held accountable in their role to ensure individual and public safety, and they should never be allowed to abuse their power in order to obtain consent or to force someone to engage in sexual activity.

We are deeply impacted by the story of the young woman, who has been mistreated and failed by the legal system. It takes a great amount of courage to report a sexual assault and navigate the legal system. As an agency, we advocate for the consistent and just application of the affirmative consent laws outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada. These laws provide the foundation for creating safety and honouring the experiences of people who experience sexual abuse. We respect that many people who experience sexual violence choose not to report or pursue charges. We encourage all people who have experienced sexual violence to decide for themselves if the legal process is something they wish to undergo. When someone chooses to engage with the legal system, we are grateful for the contribution that it makes to the public conversation around how we as a country respond to the crime of sexual assault. If you or someone you care about has experienced sexual assault or abuse and would like help, sexual assault services in Alberta are here for you.

For sexual assault services in Edmonton, contact the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) at 780-423-4102, or visit http://www.sace.ab.ca. To locate services in other parts of Alberta visit http://aasas.ca/get-help/. For information on how you can support survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, visit http://www.ibelieveyou.info.

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