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Not a Celebration


November is Family Violence Prevention Month in Alberta.

It is not a month for celebration: Family Violence Prevention Month is supposed to mark a special time for us to think about what we can do to stop and prevent an issue of pandemic proportions.

Our province has the third highest rate of self-reported spousal violence among Canadian provinces. Again, not much to celebrate: this is the kind of claim that does not make any of us proud.

The COVID-19 pandemic’s public health measures fell heavily on an already dire situation. UN Women stated that COVID-19 created "conditions for abuse that are ideal for abusers because it forced people into lockdown" thus causing a "shadow pandemic" that exacerbated preexisting issues with domestic violence globally.

Family violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality.

During Family Violence Prevention Month, we wish to reaffirm our commitment to ending family violence and supporting those who have been impacted by it. We reaffirm our intent to work toward creating a culture that refuses to tolerate abuse, in all its form and in any place. 


We also want to invite you to join us and speak out against family violence, starting now. Speak out against family violence: normalize a conversation that many find uncomfortable and reduce the stigma of family violence. Be a positive role model, for your family, friends, colleagues. Model and promote safe bonds between parents and children, respectful relationships, and offer time and resources to organizations dedicated to the prevention of family violence and the support of those impacted by it.

Did you know that the government of Alberta provides a toll-free Family Violence Info Line? Call 310-1818 to get help 24/7 in over 170 languages.


Strong Like a Woman

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From November 1 to November 30, 2021, the Brenda Strafford Centre, Discovery House and Sonshine Community Services are joining together to raise funds with the 'Strong Like a Woman' campaign.

We have partnered with fitness studios and gyms to benefit the vulnerable women and children who need our support.

Funds raised from the classes offered by Yoga Nova, kin+fit, and Wymbin Studio will go directly to Sonshine. Check out the calendar below for "Strong Like a Woman" classes. Click here for class and registration details!

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GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity. On November 30, 2021 across Canada and all around the world, nonprofits, companies, and individuals just like you, will come together to thank, help, show kindness, and share what they have with those in need. Grassroots generosity and community action are powerful forces for good, especially in turbulent times. 

Be sure to save the date and stay tuned for more information on what Sonshine has in store for GivingTuesday 2021!

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Sonshine honors those who have served and sacrificed for our country, and those who continue to do so today.

Lest we forget.


Sonshine is on SkiptheDepot! SkiptheDepot is a bottle collection service that will let you donate your bottle refund directly to us. They even pick them up for you! Download the app today and select Sonshine upon refund.

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In the 2021/22 fiscal year, Sonshine Community Services expect to fundraise

approximately $1,100,000 at a cost of 10% of these funds.

Gifts are receipted for income tax purposes.

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