A solid turnout at Sylvan Lake and District Victim Services’ annual general meeting on Feb. 24 was an indication of strong local interest in advocacy and becoming a board member, according to assistant program co-ordinator Angela Kinzel.
The meeting entertained 22 people in total, and for some acted as an introduction to the Victim Services organization.
“Some people weren’t quite sure what victim services was all about, but they definitely had a great understanding when they left,” Kinzel said.
Victim Services provides resources and emotional support to victims of crime or trauma in any way necessary. Sometimes victims may be in shock and require phone calls to be made to family members, according to Kinzel.
“People may not be aware of what’s out there for support for whatever they may be struggling with or going through,” she said. “We can point them in that direction.”
Victim Services is always looking for caring and compassionate volunteers, she added. Applicants must be 18 years old or older, have a clear criminal history and have the potential to fill director positions.
“A lot of people want to give back to their community,” Kinzel said. “Being a volunteer does that, and the heartfelt rewards are immeasurable. It makes you feel good.”
More information is available online at www.sylvanlakevictimservices.com.