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.