Announcements, Book Reviews, Events and More from Today Family Violence Help Centre  

  Summer is just around the corner! With summer holidays, camps and children home from school it can be a time with additional financial responsibilities and sometimes financial strain. Financial Abuse is a reality experienced by many and there are great local initiatives to increase financial literacy among our clients. Thank you to the City of Edmonton that put together the information and resource list at the bottom of this newsletter.
In this newsletter, you will also meet one of our newest Board Members, find some important dates to make note of, learn about volunteer opportunities and see what workshops we have coming up. As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated. 

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What's New at
Today Centre 

       Our Board of Directors is Changing... Join me is offering a warm welcome to our four new board members Richard, Vesna, Guy and Hitomi. Their experience and expertise will be a great asset to our organization. We are also saying goodbye to Rhonda, Karen, Caitlin, Colette and Gord.  Rhonda and Karen have been involved with Today Centre since the beginning, being actively involved in its inception. Thank you to all five of you for your dedication and hard work!

       Volunteer Opportunities with Today Centre! We are recruiting volunteers for a variety of projects including our working committee for our Benefit Concert in November. If you are interested, please fill out our volunteer application and email or fax to 780.455.9036.  

       Save the Date! Our 2nd Annual Benefit Concert will be held on November 5th at the Westbury Theatre. The November concert features the award-winning artist Kat Danser—an Edmonton-based guitar slinger, songsmith, and blazing vocalist who incorporates the spirit of roots, blues and gospel music pioneers. Watch our website for ticket information. 

      Family Violence Across the Lifespan Waitlist. Although our funding for this popular 2 day workshop has ended, we are maintaining a waitlist and will actively be looking for funding for future dates. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send us an email

     Congratulations to the Bissell Centre on their new program! The Community Bridge is a rapid response intervention that stops an imminent eviction and provides interventions/services purposed to ensure that causes of the eviction are effectively addressed in order to ward off reoccurrence. For more information please contact Eli Schrader.    

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Upcoming Events
June 15th
City Hall
11:30 am -
1:30 pm
World Elder Abuse Day

Join us at City Hall for the Proclamation of World Elder Abuse Day. Wear Purple to show your support!
18 & 19

Community Learning Network
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Let's Talk About Money -
Financial Literacy Workshop

Basic Financial Literacy - Train the Facilitator Workshop.  For details, click here.
June 24th 
Telus Field
7:05 pm First Pitch Today Centre is the Charity of Choice at the Prospects Baseball game

Come support Today Centre with a fun evening of Baseball! Tickets range from $8 - $30 and are available at all Safeway locations or through ticketmaster. Click here for more information. 
July 9 at Today Centre 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments
For Children and Youth:
A Risk Management Road Map to Prevent Violence and Abuse for all organizations that intersect with young people

There is no cost for this workshop however 
RSVP is required as space is limited. Workshop details can be found on our website. Presented by Canadian Red Cross.
July 19
Citadel Theatre
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Edmonton More Than Opera Society Concert - Fundraiser

Edmonton More Than Opera Society is holding a free concert at the Citadel Theater. Donations will be collected to support our clients at Today Centre and the society will match all donations to a maximum of $2000! Further details can be found on their Facebook page.  
July 22

Today Centre
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Immigration and Conditional Permanent Resident Workshop

The Edmonton Community Legal Centre will be presenting a 2 hr. workshop for our partners and other service providers on Conditional Permanent Resident Status and its implications. 

There is no cost to attend this workshop however as space is limited, registration is required by
email or  by calling 780.455.6880. Only 20 spots available. 
August 12 at Today Centre 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Prevention in Motion: Preventing Abuse, Bullying and Harassment of Children and Youth 

 Participants will learn:
- violence is a multi-faceted, world wide problem
- definitions of emotional, physical, neglect, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, bullying and harassment
- the consequences of violence against children and youth
- frameworks to protect children and youth
- how to handle disclosures
- there are Ten Steps to creating safe environments for children and youth

There is no cost for this workshop however 
RSVP is required as space is limited. Workshop details can be found on our website. Presented by Canadian Red Cross.

Financial Literacy and Family Violence

Financial abuse is a form of family violence that includes a range of tactics used to undermine the economic independence of a current or former intimate partner or family member.

Financial literacy and asset building programs are effective in assisting individuals impacted by family violence to improve their financial knowledge, increase their confidence about managing their financial affairs, and enhance financial behaviors that will improve their financial safety and security.
Financial literacy empowers and enables people to feel included in the financial mainstream system, and introduces tools to increase an individual’s ability to make informed and effective decisions about the wise use and management of money.  Areas of focus include improving credit scores, building wealth through education, employment, and entrepreneurship, learning about savings and debt, and improving access to housing.
Key players in Financial Literacy include Financial Institutions, Social Agencies, Schools, Business Leaders, and all levels of Government.
The City of Edmonton has been a leader in financial literacy and asset building and has brought community partners together on a local, provincial, and national level.

Empower U: Building Confident Futures is a local example of a financial literacy and asset building program.  Eleven community organizations in Edmonton have come together to offer financial literacy programs with a 1:2 matched savings component.  Participants include: single mothers, aboriginal and immigrant populations, individuals impacted by Family Violence, and those dealing with high risk lifestyles. The program has recently been expanded to include teen mothers, men and couples. One example of a group is the City of Edmonton partnering with Wings of Providence to offer a financial literacy group for women who have been impacted by family violence.   The United Way has brought funders to the table for the matched savings which are ATB Financial and EPCOR. Empower U is an initiative of the Alberta Asset Building Collaborative.  Other funders including the United Way, City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Community Foundation contribute to the running of the programs.
The City of Edmonton, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Sage, and The Home Program have also recently partnered to develop a curriculum on financial empowerment for seniors, as financial abuse is one of the highest forms of elder abuse.

Alberta Asset Building Collaborative in Edmonton, Momentum, Prosper Canada, and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada are tremendous resources for additional information about financial literacy.

Meet one of our Board Members

Vesna Kovacic

I am very exciting to be a board member for the Today Family Violence Help Centre as I whole heartedly support its vision and mission.  As a crisis intervention worker at a shelter for abused women and children, I see firsthand the impact of family violence on individuals.  My hope as a board member is to be a part of a dedicated group committed to ending family violence.   

What ONE word would you use to describe yourself? 


What is the best advice you have ever received?

Hope is a change maker 

What is your favorite quote?

“I just wish people would realise that anything is possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.”
                                                                                          ~ Terry Fox

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