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The Central Alberta
Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
proudly invites you and a guest to the screening of the
Sheldon Kennedy documentary, Swift Current.
“This documentary film is a bright light on a societal problem
that has been kept in the quiet room for far too long. Josh
Rofe’s film captures the fear, pain and confusion that Sheldon
Kennedy and other sexual abuse victims face, not only at the
time of the abuse, but for many years into their adulthood. It
also teaches us that there is hope on the other side of all the
pain and that education is the key to prevention… and
prevention is the key to stopping the cycle of abuse.”
~ Jeff Jackson, Former NHL Athlete and Partner
with the Orr Hockey Group
Thursday, Sept. 15th
6:00 p.m. Wine and
7:00 p.m. Movie
Red Deer College Arts
Please RSVP to
by September 7, 2016
Sheldon Kennedy's dedication to prevention and education of sexual and physical abuse is second
to none. With his leadership, The Calgary Child Advocacy Center was opened in 2013. A short time later,
Prime Minister Stephen Harper renamed it the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center.
For the past year, a group of concerned Red Deer citizens started a coalition in the hopes of
bringing a centre for youths and adults to deal with mental health issues. Our research taught us that
mental illness affects almost all of us at some point in life, whether we are dealing with it ourselves, or we
are watching family or friends struggle. The mental illness can present itself in the form of suicidal
thoughts, depression bipolar disorder, drug addiction or alcoholism. It can also present itself as the result
of neglect or physical or sexual abuse. Sheldon Kennedy has collected extensive data that suggests that
eighty-five percent of the time, a traumatic event, often experienced in childhood, is the cause of mental
illness or addiction issues.
Our coalition has created a board to bring a Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre to Red
Deer. The centre hopes to act as the foundation to bring integrated services together to better treat and
educate youth who have experienced a traumatic event. In doing so, we hope to teach coping skills so
that these young people are not battling mental illness or addictions into adulthood.
The main core of the Center is RCMP, Crown Prosecutor’s Office, Child and Family Services, and
Alberta Health Services working in conjunction under one roof using integrated practice. It is not a center
to replace any other service, but to bring them all together to share services and information. This way, all
people, of all walks of life, are being treated and educated the best way possible and in a timely manner.
We hope to see you at this very important event so that you can hear Sheldon’s story and also hear about
our plans to make this centre a reality in Central Alberta.
Join us to learn how you can play a vital role in protecting our community’s most vulnerable – and
help to empower those who have been impacted by abuse to recover and lead healthy and productive