Im­prov­ing sup­ports for youth in cen­tral Al­berta

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A new Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence open­ing in Red Deer will en­hance ser­vices for young peo­ple, in­crease stu­dents’ learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and cre­ate jobs in the re­gion.

The Cen­tral Al­berta Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre (CA­CAC) and Red Deer Col­lege are work­ing to­gether to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive child ad­vo­cacy cen­tre on the col­lege cam­pus. CA­CAC will con­struct and op­er­ate a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, ex­pand­ing vic­tim sup­port ser­vices and in­creas­ing pro­grams for vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als and chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies closer to home.

“Red Deer Col­lege stu­dents will have ac­cess to im­proved train­ing and tools to as­sist vic­tims of child abuse and their fam­i­lies. The cen­tre’s spe­cial­ized fo­cus on train­ing, re­search, com­mu­nity aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion will help build a stronger and more re­silient com­mu­nity.”

Mar­lin Sch­midt, Min­is­ter of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion

“Our chil­dren, youth, and fam­i­lies in need de­serve the best pos­si­ble sup­ports no mat­ter where they live in Al­berta. CA­CAC does amaz­ing work help­ing kids in cen­tral Al­berta lead healthy and happy lives, and ex­pand­ing their ser­vices will be a big win for fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity.”

Danielle Larivee, Min­is­ter of Chil­dren’s Ser­vices

“Gov­ern­ment sup­port of this im­por­tant part­ner­ship is a ma­jor mile­stone in es­tab­lish­ing a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence at RDC sup­port­ing child ad­vo­cacy. Stu­dents at RDC will learn the lat­est and best prac­tices in sup­port­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies through practicums and in­tern­ships. Our new

univer­sity will ben­e­fit tremen­dously through part­ner­ships like this and it aligns with our vi­sion to pro­vide ap­plied learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Joel Ward, pres­i­dent & CEO, Red Deer Col­lege

“The Cen­tral Al­berta Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre is proud to an­nounce our of­fi­cial part­ner­ship with Red Deer Col­lege, made pos­si­ble by the sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta. As an or­ga­ni­za­tion, we are ec­static to take an­other step for­ward in be­com­ing a Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence, spe­cial­iz­ing in lead­ing prac­tices, train­ing re­search, com­mu­nity aware­ness, ad­vance­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and in­te­grated prac­tice. The new lo­ca­tion of the CA­CAC on Red Deer Col­lege cam­pus land will en­able a tremen­dous shift in our com­mu­nity’s fu­ture as we con­tinue to push bound­aries and cham­pion lead­ing prac­tices. We look for­ward to work­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing with the RDC stu­dents – to­mor­row’s lead­ers – in cre­at­ing a healthy fu­ture for our chil­dren and com­mu­nity.”

Mark Jones, CEO, Cen­tral Al­berta Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre

CA­CAC will re­ceive a plot of land through a lease agree­ment with Red Deer Col­lege to sup­port the con­struc­tion of the new fa­cil­ity.

Barb Miller, MLA for Red Deer-South cel­e­brates with Red Deer Col­lege and Cen­tral Al­berta Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre as they en­ter a new agree­ment to im­prove sup­ports in cen­tral Al­berta.

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