About Us

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WHO WE ARE

A Distinct Identity

SAFFRON Centre Ltd. is a non-profit organization working to support the healing and empowerment of those who have been affected by sexual violence.

VISION

Ending Sexual Violence "by" the next generation...a reality we should all embrace.

MISSION

We will provide the tools for healing and provide support for those who have been directly impacted by sexual violence, as well as for their caregivers. 

We will provide proactive education and empower the next generation to end sexual violence. 

To provide counselling services to those who have suffered from sexual violence, as well as those support persons, family members, etc., of someone who has experienced sexual violence. To provide proactive education regarding sexual violence to all individuals and to empower all to end sexual violence by the next generation.

MANDATE

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Our Story

In the late 1990’s, the staff and board at Sherwood Park’s Domestic Violence Organization, A Safe Place, started noting the alarming number of clients come to them with domestic violence as well as sexual violence issues. They knew they needed to branch out and hire someone to help specifically with sexual violence. In 1998, A Safe Talk was born. Originally housed inside the domestic violence shelter, it was one single counsellor trained to support individuals who had experienced sexual violence. Quickly, word spread around the community and people began seeking support from the therapist for their own experiences. Strathcona Sexual Assault Centre was created in September of 2000 in response to the need in the community. It wasn’t until early 2003 when it got its own location. In 2007, we changed our name to SAFFRON Sexual Assault Centre. In December 2017, we moved into our new location on Athabascan Avenue. We have 9 counselling rooms plus a large play room. We are bigger than ever and keep growing steadily! We have seen an ongoing need from members of our own community, rural areas, Edmonton, and outlying communities as well.

 

Our Board of Directors

Board Treasurer

Mike Shellenberg

Board Chair

Roxane Tiessen

Board Secretary

Ken Glover

Board Directors

Narissa Singh

Daniel O'Neil

Bill Tonita

Nicole Labreque

Carrie Ellinger