Executive Director Update - November 2019
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas….and so the jingle goes.
Thanks to everyone who participated in person or via webinar on yesterday’s consultation with JSG regarding Financial Benefits. I would be interested in knowing who all participated and what your feedback on the process was/is. It sounded like there was a great showing from police-based programs there! I already have received some ‘from the heart’ feedback from some programs. The input from individual programs AND the Association is really important as we are starting from scratch in many ways with this new government. We know the dance all too well, unfortunately.
PMT Needs Assessment Survey
You would have received an Action Bulletin from JSG regarding PMT dates and content earlier today. Once again, I encourage you to participate and include honest feedback on what you do or don’t want in PMT including your perspective given your experience in your role as PM. I think we can anticipate changes to how training is rolled out in the next few years given the fiscal restraints imposed by the current government so we want to utilize your time away from your unit in the best possible way. We will be utilizing this feedback as a planning tool for training from both a JSG and APBVSA perspective (ie. Professional Development). Thanks!
A mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work if it isn’t open….Frank Zappa
December Business meeting – December 12th at the Radisson in Red Deer
Date: THURSDAY, December 12, 2019
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Radisson Inn – 6500 67 Street
In order to confirm the lunch order, please RSVP to me prior to November 28th and indicate any dietary restrictions. Nov 28th is my diary date to confirm with the hotel. Thanks for your cooperation on this.
Human Trafficking Resources
BC’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/human-trafficking/human-trafficking-training
MCIS Language Solutions: http://helpingtraffickedpersons.org/
MCIS has a number of options for their training. There is a general one for service providers, as well as more specialized ones (i.e. for legal professionals). They also have a number of recently recorded webinars available and host a new one every month or so.
Deborah’s Gate: https://www.deborahsgate.ca/resources/training/
There are several options for free training here as well, including materials on trafficking of Indigenous women and girls and forced marriage.
For more reading material, our website contains a number of reports on human trafficking in Canada, many of which were published as a result of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.
The Hotline: https://www.canadianhumantraffickinghotline.ca/
AMAZING training opportunity – Final Notice!! See attached poster
We End Violence – Jeff Bucholtz
When: November 7/8, 2019
Where: High River United Church
123 Macleod Trail SW, High River, Alberta
Cost: $225.00 per person, includes breakfast & lunch each day
2020 Provincial Conference
Did you know that we have opened up the pre-conference to any and all delegates based on the feedback from 2018! Check out the pre-conference page at https://victimserviceconference.com/pre-conference that highlights Deb deWaal’s training that is appropriate for VS Managers, Advocates, Police, and Board members. You can count on walking away inspired and with new ideas on how to be the best you can be, regardless of your role.
If you wish to register additional delegates for the conference please email Barb at
firstname.lastname@example.org with the name(s) of any additional individuals and they will be added to your program list.
Your invoice will be adjusted accordingly and resent. Note: If you previously paid by credit card, the new purchase(s) will be processed on the cc on file and an updated receipt will be emailed.
Please share our conference information with your community partners to ensure that we fill as many seats as possible! Non-member prices apply to all delegates not covered by VS programs associated with the APBVSA.
Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline
For those locations that are unaware of the hotline, I am reaching out on behalf of The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking (The Centre). The Centre has been chosen by Public Safety Canada to develop and implement The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline, which recently launched on May 29th.
We are collaborating with a range of front-line service providers across the country to build a National Referral Directory, which will be used to refer hotline callers to the appropriate local emergency, transition, and/or long-term supports and services in their area. We recognize the Alberta police-based victim services as providers of services to victims and survivors of human trafficking and are highly interested in connecting with each location to talk about the services they provide in their communities.
Essentially, we want to establish a partnership in which we are knowledgeable about one another’s services. We want to support callers in accessing services as needed and do our best to ensure that staff can, and feel comfortable to, utilize the resources of the hotline to further support individuals in your community. We are requesting that each victim services location complete the online form for inclusion in the National Referral Directory – the purpose of the form is so that we understand the services provided and can refer appropriately, aligned with the mandate of the program and aligned with the needs of the caller. I have attached an overview of the hotline and guidelines for the National Referral Directory.
Kristina Seefeldt, MA — Partnership Specialist
The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking
P.O. Box 19647 Manulife P.O. Toronto, ON M4W 3T9
Direct: 647-714-2512 Toll free: 1-833-993-7867 Ext. 512