Our Space is Growing

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Over the past few years, the SACE team has expanded in order to meet increased demand for our services. As a result, we have officially outgrown our space! We are still at the same address – Suite 205 14964 - 121A Ave – but our office is currently under construction as we work to accommodate new staff.

The comfort and well-being of our clients is our utmost priority and we are doing everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible. That said, we want you to be aware of a few things that might affect your visit:

  • If you are a counselling client, your session may be in a different office than usual. Please continue to check in at the same reception desk and have a seat in the waiting room – your counsellor will come find you there.
  • The elevator is fully functional, but there may be obstacles along the sides of the hallways.
  • Dust may be present in the air, which could affect those with respiratory issues, allergies or sensitivities.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to give us a call prior to visiting us: 780.423.4102. We appreciate your patience during this transition and we can’t wait for you to see the finished space!

Vote for SACE in the Aviva Community Fund Competition

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SACE has submitted an idea to the 2018 Aviva Community Fund competition and we need your help to win! The Aviva Community Fund is an annual initiative that provides funding to non-profit organizations to bring their new ideas to life. The 50 ideas with the most votes will each receive a $10,000 prize. Voting closes October 4, 2018.

How to Vote:

  1. Register on the Aviva Community Fund website.
  2. Visit our page: "Exploring Resilience: Workshops for Newcomers."
  3. Submit your votes.
  4. Ask your friends and family to vote too!

Our Idea:

SACE believes that specialized sexual violence support and services should be available to all people, regardless of ethnicity, heritage, faith, gender, culture, age, social and financial status, ability, or sexual orientation. We recognize that immigrants and refugees in particular face unique obstacles that prevent them from accessing our services. Our idea is to launch a pilot program that will help us eliminate some of these barriers.

“Exploring Resilience: Sexual Violence Information and Support Workshop for Newcomers” will be a program centred on the graphic novel "Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women's Resilience.” Created by and for immigrant women in Ontario, "Telling Our Stories" features experiences of community support and engagement in situations of sexual violence.

After arriving in Canada, newcomers often feel they no longer belong to their old country while also not feeling like they belong here. Those who have experienced sexual violence can feel an even greater sense of isolation. "Telling Our Stories" is a culturally safe tool that will show newcomers that they are not alone in their situations and will help create a sense of belonging. Beyond that, workshops hosted by SACE will create spaces for social connections between newcomers.

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) has provided sample copies to SACE that we are currently sharing with the community. Since the novel was created for use in Ontario, it lists support and resources within that province. SACE has received permission to reprint and distribute the novel in English, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish (strategic to the Edmonton community), with contact and resources information modified for use by SACE, in order to meet the volume and customization needed to deliver our programming in the Edmonton area.

With the success of this pilot project, SACE plans to develop our own unique curriculum set in an Edmonton context. We also see the potential to inform other organizations’ programs across Alberta. This project is only the first phase in achieving our larger goal of becoming a leader in sexual violence support and education services for immigrants and refugees. Through the Aviva Community Fund, we will be one step closer to achieving our goal.

To learn more about our Diversity and Inclusion Program, visit our Diversity and Inclusion page or contact info@sace.ca.

SACE Collaborates with AHS

Monday, September 24, 2018

In July 2018, SACE had the fortune of collaborating with Alberta Health Services (AHS), the largest employer in Alberta, to work with their Employee Relations and Diversity and Inclusion teams on the AHS Guide to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Investigations.

Colleen Mitchell, the Program Manager for Investigation with Employee Relations and Workforce Strategies at AHS, was the primary contact with SACE during collaboration. Colleen and a team at AHS created thoughtful materials that laid incredible foundations for SACE to review. The 59-page guide developed in collaboration with SACE will be used as one of the resources to support AHS in their new “Change the Conversation” campaign. “Change the Conversation” is meant to empower the AHS workforce to create inclusive and respectful workplaces. In speaking to the motivation for collaborating with SACE, Colleen stated, “I wanted to bring my passion for this work and those key principles [balanced, respectful, and procedurally fair for all involved] into the resources we were developing at AHS, and then validate our approach with experts in the field. When we had the opportunity to improve our process, we knew SACE would be a strong partner.”

Throughout this work, AHS was motivated to make change beyond their internal practice. The materials created through this collaboration are valuable resources for other organizations to look to when evaluating their own policy and practice. AHS ensured the guide would be available for SACE to provide other employers and organizations looking for practical examples on how to address sexual violence in the environments where they have influence. Colleen expressed, “The fact that this process will now be shared with other organizations as a best practice shows how strong collaboration can be. I’m humbled to know our work will make real, positive change at AHS and beyond.”

Speaking to the experience of working through this process with SACE, Colleen noted the strength of collaboration, “Working with SACE, we were able to incorporate thoughtful and inclusive language into the process and remove bias, without losing the realities people face when it comes to sexual harassment or violence.”

SACE is grateful to AHS for their leadership in setting a standard of best practice that responds to sexual violence in an informed, thoughtful way and in doing so creates a workplace that upholds a culture of consent.

SACE offers Institutional Support services including training, policy review, and consultation to businesses, organizations, event organizers, and other groups who want to strengthen their response to sexual violence and create safer spaces. If you are interested in any of these services please reach out to the Institutional Support team by emailing Stephanie Olsen or calling our main office at 780-423-4102. Our services are offered at no fee. We do accept honorariums and donations, which enable us to continue offering no-fee support to those impacted by sexual violence.

We Are Hiring

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Financial Administrator

Thank you for your interest. This position is now closed.

This position is a full-time, contract position under the supervision of, and reporting to, the Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE). Responsibilities will at times include communicating and working with the Treasurer of the SACE Board of Directors.

Responsibilities of this position include management of SACE day-to-day bookkeeping and accounting processes, as well as year-end reporting and audit preparations, and preparation and maintenance of budgets. All work performed must be in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and be done through the designated SACE-owned accounting software (currently Sage 50 Premium Accounting Canadian Edition), to which the Executive Director will have access at all times.

All work at SACE will reflect the Mission Statement and philosophical beliefs of the organization. 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 to Thursday. Flexibility to work evenings and weekends is a requirement.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Recording all revenues, including, but not limited to: funding sources, fundraising events, honorariums, workshop fees, EFTs, and counselling services rendered;
  • Preparing accounts payable files, processing cheques for signing and distribution, and performing monthly bank reconciliations;
  • Preparing and uploading staff payroll files for electronic processing;
  • Maintaining records of TD1s and other information related to taxable income and deductions;
  • Preparing and processing annual T4 summary and T4s, as well as records of employment and remittances for the CRA as required;
  • Preparing all necessary annual returns for WCB, Federal and Provincial Governments;
  • Supporting the Executive Director and the Board Treasurer in the development and analysis of the annual SACE budget;
  • Supporting the Executive Director in the development and analysis of program funding budgets;
  • Preparing standard monthly and quarterly financial reports;
  • Preparing year-end audit information and documentation when required;
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned or requested by the Executive Director. Minimum Required Qualifications:
  • Experience working with not-for-profits, experience with the SAGE Software Accounting System, as well as possessing a Certified Accounting Designation, are heavily-weighted assets for this position.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is familiar with the issue of sexualized violence and with feminist approaches to support and violence prevention;
  • Is familiar with anti-oppression principles and practices;
  • Is able to work with and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization, in collaborative, consultative, and/or support capacities;
  • Is a motivated individual with excellent project and time management skills.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, along 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 practice at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, to apply.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to info@sace.ca OR mail to SACE, Attn: Selection Committee – Financial Administrator

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

We Are Hiring

Monday, July 30, 2018

Police and Court Support Advocate, Clinical Services

Thank you for your interest. This position is now closed.

This is a full-time, two-year contract position, under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Services in the Police and Court Support Program. The Police and Court Support Advocate (PACSA) provides specialized information, education, and support to past or recent survivors of sexual assault and their families.

All work at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) will reflect the Mission Statement and philosophical beliefs of the organization. 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 evenings and weekends is a requirement.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing information and support to individuals accessing the criminal justice system.
  • Providing crisis support, information, advocacy, referrals, court preparation and accompaniment, and case management including intake and informal assessments.
  • Program development and building new relationships to work collaboratively with professionals from other disciplines, such as the Edmonton Police Service, Crown Prosecutor, and Victim Services.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A degree in humanities, social and human services, or criminal justice is preferred, but equivalent experience will be considered.
  • 2 to 3 years related work experience in crisis intervention and support.
  • Ability to work with the effects of sexual violence on individuals and communities.
  • The ability to work and build relationships with various community and professional services.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is familiar with the issue of sexualized violence and with feminist approaches to support and violence prevention.
  • Is familiar with anti-oppression principles and practices.
  • Is able to work with and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization, in collaborative, consultative, and/or support capacities.
  • Is a motivated individual with excellent project and time management skills.
  • An understanding of the criminal justice system and experience in database management and program evaluation is an asset.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, along 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 practice at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, to apply.

Closing Date: August 15, 2018. Interviews will held the week of August 27, 2018.

Negotiable Position Start Date: September 24, 2018

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to info@sace.ca OR mail to SACE, Attn: Selection Committee – Police and Court Support Advocate

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

We Believe: Let's Move Forward Together

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2018 fundraising gala, We Believe: Let’s Move Forward Together, the incredible evening that it was. Since our inaugural fundraising gala five years ago, each year’s event has been bigger and better than the last and 2018’s We Believe: Let’s Move Forward Together was no exception.

From the beginning, the We Believe Gala has been about community; recognizing those within Edmonton who are champions of SACE; rallying together to show survivors of sexual violence that we believe and support them; and focusing on how we can move forward together in order to prevent sexual violence from happening within our communities. Although there is still much work to be done, this event was dedicated to celebrating how far we have come, and inspiring hope for how much further we can go in the future. We are so grateful to the incredible performers, Karimah, Lady Vanessa and Nasra Adem, our live painter, Amanda Schutz, and keynote speaker, Tarana Burke, who left us with messages of determination, strength and community connection.

We were humbled by the overwhelming show of support that we received yet again this year. The room was filled with nearly 500 of our community partners, funders, clients, volunteers and friends and family. We are grateful to everyone who was able to attend, as well as those who contributed to the success of the event in other ways, through their volunteerism, with silent auction donations, and generous sponsorships.

Together we were able to raise over $70,000, all of which will go directly to supporting SACE programs such as individual and group counselling, public education, and our 24-Hour Support & Information Line.

We Are Hiring

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Communications Coordinator, Community Engagement

Thank you for your interest. This position is now closed.

This is a full-time position under the supervision of the Director of Community Engagement and Director of Communications and Development. All work at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) will reflect the Mission Statement and philosophical beliefs of the organization. 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordination and maintenance of SACE social media accounts as part of a team
  • Ongoing content development for SACE website, social media, and print materials
  • Writing and editing (grants, social media, educational content, copywriting, short articles)
  • Administration (funding databases, donor stewardship, digital file management)
  • Fundraising coordination (social media acknowledgements, database tracking)
  • Light design (Adobe Creative Suite and online program called Canva, working with templates and small edits)
  • Public relations administration (tracking media coverage, preparing news releases, creating media kit)
  • Event coordination and support (support of annual gala and other fundraising/agency events)
  • Development and maintenance of a quarterly newsletter
  • Support through the 24-Hour Support and Information Line (training will be provided as part of the SACE Volunteer Program)

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in humanities, social work, education, communications, public relations, or related education or experience
  • Familiarity with databases and with Microsoft Office
  • Strong writing skills for a variety of mediums and audiences
  • Strong listening, empathy, and support abilities
  • An eye for design and detail
  • Experience in fund development, event planning, website management, social media management, design, and/or database management

The ideal candidate:

  • Is familiar with the issue of sexualized violence and with feminist approaches to support and violence prevention
  • Is familiar with anti-oppression principles and practices
  • Is able to work and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization, in collaborative, consultative, and/or support capacities
  • Is a self-starter with research, project, and time management skills
  • Is creative and innovative in developing new and unique ways to improve the communications and development program and create new opportunities

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why you think you are the right candidate for this position, along with a resume and 3 professional references. We also invite submissions of writing or design samples. 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 practice at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, to apply.

Closing Date: July 11, 2018 (interviews in late July)

Negotiable Position Start Date: August 15, 2018

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to info@sace.ca OR mail to SACE, Attn: Selection Committee – Communications Coordinator

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

A New Look at SACE

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In the Spring of 2016, SACE embarked on a new journey. After over 40 years in the community, we were at an identity crisis point. We were seeing more demand for consultation, we were finding the need to grow and evolve more quickly with new programs and initiatives, and there were more conversations in the media and through social media than ever before. At the same time, we were finding that some of our materials weren’t resonating as much as they could- our website was wordy and hard to navigate and update, our brochures and info sheets wordy and out of date, and especially within Public Education there was a call for information to be made more visual. We were also navigating where and how social media fits in the picture for SACE. In short, we were facing a lot of change, and we needed to check in with ourselves about who we wanted to be and where we wanted to go.

To navigate these questions and more, SACE decided to undergo a brand refresh. We didn’t need to start from scratch—there’s a lot we think we were doing right. We needed to take stock and value our roots, but also take some of those core beliefs and ways of doing this work that date back as far as 1975, and bring them into the context of today. We needed a facelift, a pulse-taking, a lot of checking in, and a bit of a shuffle to be intentional about where and how we’re changing, and not just reactive.

We had the will, but the next part was the means. We absolutely would not have been able to do this right without the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation. They’ve come through for us many times over the years, but we are so grateful that they saw the importance of this process to create the most accessible, engaging, considered, and most importantly useful resources we could to support our clients and the Edmonton community.

2 years later, we’re ready to share. And we hope you like what we’ve done! As much as we’ve gone from the foundation up and are seeing changes everywhere from our programs, titles, and internal processes to keep ourselves accountable and evolving, a lot of what you’ll notice most is in our new website and print materials. What we have now is just the beginning, we’ll continue to grow these resources, but we couldn’t wait to start using them. We wanted our materials to feel friendly, safe, and be as accessible as possible. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure every piece reflects the most up-to-date and considered sexual violence support and prevention information we can provide.

We invite you to explore our new website and materials as they are released throughout 2018 and let us know what you think—but this is only the beginning. As much as we’re proud of where we’ve landed, our hope is to keep these conversations going and continue to evolve our materials to meet the needs of our community. If you have a question, concern, or idea for how SACE can improve, call or email us at info@sace.ca.

Supporters’ Night

Monday, April 30, 2018

The impacts of sexual violence are far reaching. At SACE, we appreciate the varied sources of support that impact a person’s healing journey. Empowering supporters is a way of building community capacity to listen, believe, and support the people in our lives who experience sexual violence.

To help with this, once a month SACE hosts a free 2-hour information session for people who are supporting friends or loved ones aged 18 and over through their healing journey. These sessions equip supporters with a strong understanding of trauma impacts, best approaches to providing support, and a familiarity with SACE services and other important resources. These sessions are available to everyone no matter whether you are supporting someone who is a client of SACE, receiving support elsewhere, or someone who is not connected to any formal resources.

SACE To Go

Friday, December 15, 2017

In September of 2017, SACE started an exciting new project. In partnership with John D. Bracco Junior High School and funded in part by the Edmonton Public Teachers Charity Trust Fund, the Mobile Counsellor Program was created.

Once a week, SACE Child and Youth Counsellor Morgan Bissegger travels to John D. Bracco Junior High School to meet individually with students who have previously disclosed experiencing sexual abuse. The program began as a pilot project at the school led by Principal Jillian Marino, who saw a great need for this kind of support: the school had been receiving an average of two disclosures per week. Due to barriers to accessing counselling at SACE offices, including stigma, the need to book during school hours, and transportation, it was recognized that there were many students who were effectively prevented from accessing these essential support services.

Without support, childhood sexual abuse can lead to mental and physical health issues both immediately and into adulthood. This doesn't have to be the case, however: studies show that when young people receive a supportive response to their disclosure and get the help they need to heal, most go on to lead healthy and productive lives.

Having a counsellor from SACE in the school every week means that students who have experienced sexual abuse can receive the support they need without the barrier of travelling to SACE. In addition to direct support from Bissegger, advocacy for students and education for staff around the best way to support each unique youth increases connection to the school and contributes to an overall increase in emotional safety for students when at school.

Marino is not alone in recognizing the need for specialized support. Nine additional schools have indicated that they would like to see this program in their schools. This partnership with John D. Bracco Junior High School is a first step in reducing barriers to Edmonton students accessing essential support and it would not be possible without the generous financial support of Edmonton Public Teachers Charity Trust Fund. We can't wait to see this program grow!