Sheldon Kennedy highlights child advocacy center initiative

 page image
Posted on:

Corporate News

Sheldon Kennedy, the former NHL player who has shone a light on child abuse, introduces the documentary "Swift Current."

Palliser Regional Schools is proud to be a partner in an initiative to support young victims of abuse and their families, an effort highlighted Tuesday in Lethbridge by child advocate Sheldon Kennedy.

The event was the Lethbridge premiere of the documentary “Swift Current,” which shines a light on the impact of child abuse as seen through the eyes of the former National Hockey League player and those he has touched through his work with the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center in Calgary.

The reception was followed by a working session, with Kennedy as special guest, of the Southern Alberta Children Advocacy Center planning committee.

The committee, led by coordinator Dave Slomp, is comprised of representatives from Alberta Health Services, Alberta Human Services, Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General, as well as Alberta Education. The goal is the creation of a regional center to support young victims of abuse and their families in southern Alberta.

The group was to determine the next steps required to move forward with the initiative. The committee work was facilitated Tuesday by Pat Rivard, Associate Superintendent Education Services of Palliser Regional Schools, which was praised by emcee Tony Deys for its early and ongoing support of the center.