Breakfast with the Guys yields great support for Riseup Society
The support of the Leduc region brought in roughly $18,000 in support of Riseup Society Alberta during this year’s Breakfast with the Guys fundraiser, held Nov. 1, 2017 at the Executive Royal Hotel.
“As this was my first official event as Leduc’s mayor, I’m incredibly pleased with the level of support we had in that room, and honoured to have Janet Riopel as our special guest speaker,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “Riseup Society Alberta is a wonderful organization providing a much-needed service to our community to help those living with or leaving an abusive environment.”
Breakfast with the Guys focuses on gathering businesses and organizations together to educate community leaders on the effects of domestic violence in the Leduc region, and to support the local organizations that work with victims, recognizing that family violence doesn’t discriminate based on social, financial status, gender, age or culture. This year’s theme, Family Violence in the Workplace, shared valuable information to business leaders on the importance of covering family violence to their Violence in the Workplace policy; similar to the city’s policy of including family violence to its workplace policy.
“The success of this event is due to the combined efforts and support we receive from citizens and businesses within the Leduc region, along with city administration,” says Donna Brock, director of Family and Community Support Services. “Family violence is a human issue, not a gender issue and our goal each year is to bring community and business leaders together to collectively help address this societal issue as everyone has a role to play to help reduce the number of incidents in our community.”
Did you know
- Domestic violence is the ‘fastest growing type of workplace violence in Canada.’ And it’s considered ‘workplace’ violence as the consequences extend beyond the home and into the work environment.
- Less than 50 per cent of Canadian workplaces have policies to manage the risks associated with family violence.
- Almost 20 per cent of all incidents where family violence occurs, including physical and sexual assaults, occur while the victim is at work (according to Stats Canada 2004)
For more information about Riseup Society Alberta, please visit their website (http://www.riseupsociety.ca/). To learn more about Breakfast with the Guys or Family and Community Support Services, please visit Leduc.ca/fcss or call 780-980-7177.
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Mariann McLaughlin, Corporate Communications