Mayors from all over Central Alberta joined together to celebrate the work of the Vision for Non-Violence Coalition.
On November 22 – Town officials and Mayors from 13 municipalities – Benalto, Bentley, Blackflads, Bowden, Delburne, Eckville, Elnora, Innisfail, Lacombe, Rimbey, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler and Sylvan Lake – joined together at the Sylvan Lake Senior’s Centre for a Mayor’s Tea to celebrate the Vision for Non-Violence Coalition winning the Province of Alberta’s Inspiration Award for Leadership in Family and Community Safety for the groups work with family violence.
Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre was present at the celebration which recognized a recent Inspiration Award received by the Regional Vision For Non-Violence Coalition.
“The title of today’s event is the Mayor’s Tea but really it is the Mayors involved with the coalition appreciating the staff from our FCSS department and our volunteers for making this all possible,” he said. “For teaming together to help create the Vision for Non-violence and make it a reality.”
According to Community Development Coordinator, Alissa McDonald the coalition allows municipalities to provide similar supports to families experiencing violence throughout the Central Albertan region.
“It’s huge because we realize our community members move from one community to another,” she said. “If we can have consistent messaging, consistent resources and have people know where they can get resources – we can help families as they move throughout Central Alberta.”