Minister of Human Services Klimchuk Presents HEROES Award at Bullying Prevention Fundraiser

13-11-2014

Edmonton, AB: As the province of Alberta continues to demonstrate a commitment to child safety and well-being, Minister of Human Services the Honourable Heather Klimchuk will honour recipients of the 2nd Annual HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Award. The HEROES Award, organized by Alberta-based bullying prevention organization the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring), recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate a commitment to creating safe, caring, healthy and inclusive schools and communities.

Edmonton, AB: As the province of Alberta continues to demonstrate a commitment to child safety and well-being, Minister of Human Services the Honourable Heather Klimchuk will honour recipients of the 2nd Annual HEROES of a Safe and Caring World Award. The HEROES Award, organized by Alberta-based bullying prevention organization the Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities (Safe and Caring), recognizes individuals and organizations who demonstrate a commitment to creating safe, caring, healthy and inclusive schools and communities.

The Honourable Heather Klimchuk will present the HEROES award at Safe and Caring’s 8th Annual Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast fundraiser, to be held on Wednesday, November 19 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. Safe and Caring hosts this fundraiser each year during National Bullying Awareness Week (November 16-22) to initiate conversations about how we can work together to build positive spaces and prevent bullying in Alberta’s schools and communities.

In the spirit of collaboration across geographic, political and community contexts, Safe and Caring will also be hosting a satellite breakfast and award ceremony at the same date and time in Calgary, at the Bow Habitat Station and Volunteer Society.

The 2014 winners of the HEROES Award are:

  • Provincial Impact Award: His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC OMM AOE MSC CD LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
  • Youth Impact Award, Southern Alberta: Mackenzie Murphy
  • Youth Impact Award, Northern Alberta: Rohan Nuttall
  • Collective Impact Award: Alberta Mentoring Partnership
  • Campus Impact Award: The Landing, University of Alberta
  • School Impact Award: Fultonvale Elementary Junior High School

Safe and Caring and the Honourable Heather Klimchuck are pleased to honour the contributions of Alberta’s community leaders who have strived to make Alberta a safer and more caring place, and who serve as positive role models for Alberta’s children and youth. Says the Honourable Heather Klimchuk: “All Albertans deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s up to all of us to help teach children about healthy relationships. Together we can make a difference in helping stop bullying in homes, schools and across our Alberta communities.”

Tickets for both the Edmonton and Calgary sites of the Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast start at $100 each, with all proceeds going towards supporting Safe and Caring’s bullying prevention, youth engagement and knowledge mobilization programs.

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 and violence against 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 of Alberta’s children and youth. For more information about Safe and Caring, visit www.safeandcaring.ca.

About Heather Klimchuk

Heather Klimchuk is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Glenora as a Progressive Conservative. She is currently Minister of Human Services. She is also a member of the Government’s committee on Agenda and Priorities. Previously, Ms. Klimchuk served as Minister of Culture, Minister of Culture and Community Services and as Minister of Service Alberta. Ms. Klimchuk’s public service experience prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta includes working for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a researcher and working as a writer for both Premier Lougheed and Premier Getty. Ms. Klimchuk also assisted with the initiation of the Alberta Seniors Information Phone Line. She is an active member and leader in her community. Ms. Klimchuck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta in political science.

About National Bullying Awareness Week

Bullying Awareness Week is a Canada-wide initiative to raise awareness of the prevalence and negative impacts of bullying. The week occurs in the 3rd week of November, and has been officially recognized by the City of Edmonton, as well as by the Government of Alberta in the newly released Education Act. In addition to the Creating Safe Spaces Waffle Breakfast, Safe and Caring is hosting a series of community engagement and awareness events to recognize the week. For more information about National Bullying Awareness Week events, visit: www.safeandcaring.ca/bullying-awareness-week-2014.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Edmonton Media
Meaghan Trewin
Communications Coordinator, Safe and Caring
780.822.1503 | mtrewin@safeandcaring.ca

Calgary Media
Barry Davidson
Vice Chair, Safe and Caring
403.818.8429 | bdavidson@cannet.to