One of the consistent initiatives of our committee has been the Red Rose Campaign, which is held each November during Prevention of Family Violence Month. A red rose is delivered by committee members and with the assistance of Grace House residents to businesses and churches throughout Drumheller. The red rose is in memory of women, children and men in Alberta who have died as victims of domestic violence. There is no associated cost for this rose. All that is asked is that the business and church community show their support by displaying it in a prominent location.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Home Town Reality, Town of Drumheller, Grace House and all community members for their ongoing support in raising awareness of family violence issues. The Red Rose Campaign covers Drumheller and the outlying communities of Morrin, Munson, Delia, East Coulee, Rosedale and Wayne. Approximately 250 red roses are delivered to businesses during the first week of November.
The Big Country Anti Violence Association has been active in Drumheller for 15+ years. Walk A Mile event involves men from all walks of life walking one mile in women’s high heeled shoes. They will walk to protest sexual assault & gender violence. Proceeds from this event will aid the Big Country Anti Violence Association (BCAVA) and the Association of Communities Against Abuse’s (ACAA) violence prevention efforts, and sexual assault services in Drumheller and surrounding areas.
WHO: Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the sexual assault prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, elected and appointed officials, and others are being encouraged to participate.
WHEN: BCAVA hosts the WAM event every two years. For information on the next WAM contact BCAVA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Men, women, and children are invited to participate and walk-on registrants are welcome. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes and participants are being asked to obtain a minimum of $100 in sponsorship. High heels in all sizes will be available to those who don’t have their own.
For more information on this initiative please visit the www.walkamileinhershoes.org.
The Angel Street Project was first created in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Angel streets, crescents, squares and corners are being developed all across our country as a reminder that violence and abuse are unacceptable and that respect, fairness and equality are the rights of all our citizens. Angels Corner shines a light on the violence and abuse faced by women in our society. It stands as a reminder of women who have lost their lives to violence and of the help available for women living with violence and abuse. Angels Corner is meant to be a place of reflection on the past and hope for a society free from violence against women.
The Big Country Anti Violence Association (BCAVA) has committed to the creation of an Angels Corner in Drumheller. The committee successfully completed the Angels Corner Project in the spring of 2014. The unveiling of Angels Corner was held in June of 2014.