Saffron's 20th Anniversary
On September 29th 2020, SAFFRON Centre turned 20 years old! Since we weren’t
able to have a traditional celebration, we decided to mark the occasion by showing
our appreciation for some of our community partners. We delivered cakes to
Ahlstrom-Wright, Sherwood Park RCMP, Sherwood Park VSU, FCS and our MLAS, Nate
Glubish and Jordan Walker. These are simply a few of many community partners that help us
support those who have experienced sexual violence. We couldn’t do what we do without them,
and enjoyed the opportunity to thank them for all that they do! And of course, we thank our staff and volunteers for all their passion, dedication and hard work over the past 20 years. We also want to acknowledge our amazing and supportive community, who joined in the celebration through our birthday giveaway on Instagram and Facebook.
To celebrate, let’s look back at our 2020 events so far. In April, our staff was working extremely hard to incorporate tele-health into our services. We continued to support each other and our community from home during quarantine. In May, we hosted The Seeds of Resilience Online Conference! Amazing speakers joined us that day and it was a major success. May was a busy month as we also hosted our Consent Event 5k Walk/Run in an online setting. In July, we were able to expand our office space and are so grateful to have new offices for our intake workers, Specialized Police and Court Department, and Public Education department. Each month we continue to see new clients. At the beginning of August, Premier Jason Kenney, MLA Nate Glubish and MLA Jordan Walker toured our centre and we were able to tell them all about our services. As we approach the end of the year, we continue to look for funding and donations to keep helping our community. In 2020, we have seen an ongoing need from members of our own community, rural areas, Edmonton, and outlying communities as well. We are bigger than ever and keep growing steadily! We look forward to continuing educating and working towards ending sexual violence in our community.
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.
Ending Sexual Violence "by" the next generation...a reality we should all embrace.
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.
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.