Exposure to violence has a lasting impact

More than 350,000 Canadian children are exposed to family or domestic violence and the effects are far reaching, according to Anuradha Dugal, director of Canada Women’s Foundation’s violence prevention program. “Many children who are exposed to domestic violence suffer from depression and it is associated with having difficulty in school and making connections with peers,” she said. “It can also …

Violence prevention has many challenges

When it comes to family and domestic violence, it would be difficult to find someone in Canada who doesn’t know someone who has been affected by it, considering roughly half of Canadian women have experienced it, according to Anuradha Dugal, director of Canada Women’s Foundation’s violence prevention program. “Every woman in Canada knows somebody who has been affected,” she said. …

Buckingham Business Park offering residential-quality features

When people think of a mixed-use development consisting of commercial and light industrial, images of parks, ponds and trails don’t often pop into their heads. But Wexford Developments thought the natural features actually go very well together and decided to implement them in Buckingham Business Park, which is located just north of Costco on Broadmoor Boulevard. The whole development is …

Bride on a Budget advertising feature

Kerry Parsons never expected her hobby of planning events would turn into anything more than that, but now she’s leading she’s leading Sherwood Park biggest wedding and event planning agency, Bride on a Budget and Events Squad. “It started off with me just helping out three friends with their weddings,” said Parsons. “The next year, I was doing 14 weddings …

Float Wellness advertising feature

If you literally need the weight lifted off your shoulders, to unwind in a completely weightless environment or to reach the pinnacle of relaxation, Sherwood Park now has the perfect place for you – Float Wellness. The new spa offers float therapy, which is gaining popularity for its results in relaxation, chronic pain relief, speeding up of recovery from injury, …

County Clothesline advertising feature

In the 30 years that the County Clothesline has been serving the community, they’ve done a lot to be proud of, most notably the $1.6 million they have given back to charities, community groups, foundations and scholarships. “Without the generosity of the community, we’d never have been able to be this successful,” said executive director Freda Badry. “The giving nature …

Start bullying conversations early

Starting conversations with your children regarding bullying and keeping the lines of communication open with them are two important ways of preventing bullying, says Sandra Sellick, a board member with StopABully.ca and former school principal. “It’s hard to start the conversation about bullying when you suspect a child may already be being bullied,” she said. “So it’s better to start …

Stopping bullying requires support

The most successful way for schools to prevent bullying is by using a whole school approach, according to Wendy Craig, founder of Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet). “The first thing we know is that the most effective way to prevent bullying is by the whole school approach, not just by dealing with individual students,” said Craig, a psychology …

Stop A Bully offers safe reporting

One of the fastest and most effective ways of stopping bullying from happening is by reporting it, which is why StopABully.ca started, to give another avenue to students who have been victims, says a board member with the organization. Sandra Sellick, who has also served as a principal and vice principal for 25 years, said there is a stigma about …

Take note of signs of bullying

Many children and students are reluctant to report bullying for a fear of the abuse becoming more severe or intense, despite data that shows the opposite is usually true, according to Sandra Sellick, a board member with StopABully.ca and former school principal. Because the victims of bullying are often reluctant to report the abuse, it is important for parents to …