Centre for Positive Relationships opens
Mayor Grant Creasey congratulates Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services Director Susan MacDonald on the grand opening of the Lacombe Centre for Positive Relationships. (City of Lacombe photo)
Those affected by family violence will now have a place to turn to for guidance and help in Lacombe’s Centre for Positive Relationships.
A grand opening for the centre, located in the Mary C. Moore Public Library at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, was held last Wednesday, Nov. 1, with Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) representatives and City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey in attendance.
“On behalf of council, I am pleased to celebrate a new and important resource for residents of Lacombe and region,” said Creasey, in a release issued on Thursday.
“It is an unfortunate reality that family violence exists. It is often kept secret and the victims suffer in silence. The Centre for Positive Relationships will be a beacon of hope to those who need help.”
The centre exists primarily to provide information and referral supports for those dealing with or affected by family violence, as well as bullying and elder abuse. However, it is also there to serve as an educational resource space to support service providers in their client work and features a community resource library with books, training and information binders, brochures and even DVDs. All materials can be signed out free of charge.
The centre also supports a number of family violence prevention initiatives, including the Regional Vision for Non-Violence Annual Conference, Pink Shirt Day, Walk the Talk, Red Rose and Red Silhouette campaigns.
They also promote and support November as Family Violence Prevention Month. As part of the month-long initiative, FCSS has set up a display in the lobby of the LMC with the theme of “Reach Out, Speak Out.” The display encourages victims to reach out to the resources and support services available to them, to let them know they’re not along and help is available. It also encourages everyone to wear purple to support the community initiative and reach out to victims of family violence.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/visionfornonviolence or www.visionfornonviolence.weebly.com. You can also contact the Family Violence Resource Line at (403) 310-1818.