Associate Minister Jansen to Act as Honourary Chair of Alberta-based Bullying Prevention Organization

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Edmonton, AB – As the province of Alberta continues to demonstrate a commitment to issues surrounding bullying, cyberbullying, family violence and sexual exploitation, Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety Sandra Jansen has been named the Honourary Chair of the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring).

Safe and Caring’s Board of Directors includes representation from the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Alberta School Boards Association, the College of Alberta School Superintendents and other community organizations and individuals committed to creating safe, caring, inclusive and healthy environments for children and youth.

Executive Director Dr. Marni Pearce states, “It will be a privilege to work with Associate Minister Jansen in her role as Honourary Chair of Safe and Caring. Her energy, passion and deep commitment to addressing issues of bullying and violence and promoting a culture of respectful, healthy relationships complements our efforts to ensure every child in Alberta has the opportunity to grow up in a caring and nurturing home, an engaging and supportive school and a safe and inclusive environment. We recognize this requires the collective efforts of government, community, schools and families working together.”

“We are all role models in our communities and need to demonstrate the behaviours and values of a respectful, caring society,” says Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety, Sandra Jansen. “Empowering our youth with the necessary skills and supporting them in safe and inclusive communities are our responsibilities as leaders, now and in the future.”

About Safe and Caring

The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring) is a not-for-profit organization which builds community capacity to prevent bullying, violence and exploitation of children and youth through the promotion of healthy relationships. As a centre of excellence, Safe and Caring fosters effective networks and partnerships to improve the quality of life for all Alberta children and youth. For more information about Safe and Caring, visit www.safeandcaring.ca

About Associate Minister Jansen

Sandra Jansen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-North West on April 23, 2012. She was sworn in as Associate Minister of Family and Community Safety on August 1, 2013. Ms. Jansen earned a broadcasting diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and later studied French at McGill University. She also holds a master’s degree in professional communications from Royal Roads University. Ms. Jansen is an experienced journalist, having spent 23 years in the field, including 10 years as a national news anchor at CTV News Channel in Toronto. A passionate advocate and dedicated volunteer, over the years she has been a spokesperson and a volunteer for the United Way, Calgary Health Trust, and Ronald McDonald House and a board member at the Calgary Girls’ School. Ms. Jansen is also an accomplished acrylic artist.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Morgan Hrynyk, Communications Officer
Safe and Caring
587.588.5928
mhrynyk@safeandcaring.ca

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