Pinawa Foundation Fundraiser

Friends of Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre!

The Pinawa Foundation has an opportunity for you! The Foundation happily supports local groups in their fundraising efforts and they are offering local community groups the opportunity to participate in a fundraising event through the month of May.

Any donations made to the Pinawa Foundation in the month of May for Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre will be stretched by 20% by the Pinawa Foundation to a maximum of $1,000 per group.  For every $100 donated to the organization the Foundation will add $20 to the donation.  Donations of $25 and over to the Pinawa Foundation will be issued a charitable donation receipt.

Donations can be made payable to “The Pinawa Foundation” designated for Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre.

Please share this information with those you feel would financially support the programming offered by Survivor’s Hope  Crisis Centre.  Information on our programs can be found here on our website on the SADI, SARAH, and Reaching Out pages. You can also follow us on facebook.

For more information about The Pinawa Foundation visit

Thank you to the Pinawa Foundation and to you for your support!

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Sexual Violence Myths Getting Good Press?

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and there are two recent news stories that raise some very important points about sexual violence.

It is not often that we hear satisfying stories of closure and justice in regards to sexual violence. These types of crimes are fraught with influence from cultural myths and misunderstandings about what is happening when sexual violence occurs.

We have heard a Manitoba judge say that sexual assault is actually just a “clumsy Don Juan” trying to get lucky and accidentally assaulting someone. It is a myth that sexual assault is rooted in the desire for sex.

We have watched the Ghomeshi trial in which every action the survivors took after the assaults was given far more weight than the actual assaults. It is a myth that all sexual assault survivors will act in the same manner if they were really sexually assaulted.

Two recent stories have highlighted more myths about sexual violence.

There is currently a lawsuit against the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba that alleges the church created an atmosphere that made it easy for a pastor to lure, groom, and sexually assault a child in his congregation.

This lawsuit highlights myths about sexual violence by shattering the usual myths. This lawsuit is trying to get to the bottom of why sexual violence happens and the conditions that promote silencing victims. In a word – power.

It is not often that we see legal action taken against the structures that promote inequality or injustice, but this lawsuit is attempting to do just that. It’s not that churches promote inequality and injustice, but when people, particularly children, are told that the church leader is “chosen by God,” that leader has a lot of power and authority which may be easily abused. More safeguards are required in these settings to hold leaders accountable and encourage anyone who may be a victim to trust their own experience and feel safe to speak up.

There are many groups, inside and outside faith communities, working on and discussing these problems. Especially relevant to the faith community involved in this lawsuit is the organization Our Stories Untold which is working to end the silence around sexual violence in churches.

Another story that has recently highlighted myths by breaking them came out of a denied conviction appeal. A teacher was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting a female student by repeatedly groping her at school. He tried to appeal his sentence on the grounds that the victim had not come forward soon enough; she had not reported the first incident on the first day it took place.

The Court responded in a refreshingly informed way by saying that the convict’s argument was not evidence that the assaults never took place. The Court acknowledged that the power the teacher had over the student played a significant role in the assaults and in the student’s response, which likely included some form of Sexual Assault Trauma.

At its core, sexual violence is about power, not sex. Sexual contact is simply the weapon of choice. Sexual violence comes from a disregard for consent which essentially entails dehumanizing someone, using them as an object so the perpetrator feels powerful and gets what they want.

Too often we hear myths about sexual violence mistaken for truth. Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a time to become better informed, debunk myths, and create safer spaces for everyone in our communities.

For more information on a variety of topics related to sexual violence, visit the Links page of our website.

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Challenge to Local Businesses: Join Pink Day 2016!

Pink-Day-T-Shirt-Option-BApril 13 is the second Pink Day 2016 in Manitoba. The Red Cross is hosting two days this year, the first of which was February 24.

Pink Day has become an annual event to raise awareness about standing up to bullying and supporting those who have been targeted by bullies. It began in Nova Scotia when students wore pink shirts in support of a classmate who had been bullied because he wore a pink shirt to school.

Bullying gets a lot of attention in schools with kids, but adults need to be a huge part of this conversation. Bullying can get very nasty among adults and can include criminal behaviour such as stalking, harassment, and sexual assault.

Research published in 2006 revealed that the most common forms of workplace bullying in Canada are verbal abuse, work being undermined, and belittlement. According to the Canada Safety Council, up to 37% of workers experience some form of bullying and the most likely targets are women in their 40s.

Bullying often leads those who are being targeted to seek other employment, along with struggling with anger, frustration, and fear at work.

Survivor’s Hope is challenging businesses to support Pink Day 2016 on April 13. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink to show their support. You can also register your business as a participant with the Red Cross. Each business can also take their participation further.

Review your workplace policies on harassment, talk about bullying in a staff meeting, and do what you can to ensure that all your employees and coworkers feel safe at work and feel safe to come forward if an issue needs to be addressed. Pink Day is a good annual reminder to not let bullying slide and to stand up against it in all forms, for all ages.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has created a short resource guide addressing workplace bullying which many employers may find helpful. The Red Cross also shares information on preventing violence, bullying, and abuse in the workplace.

You can share your pictures of pink workplaces on the Survivor’s Hope facebook page,

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Spring has Sprung with Volunteer Recruitment!


A sure sign of spring has arrived. Volunteer recruitment season has begun!

The SARAH (Sexual Assault Recovery and Healing) Program has finalized training dates for April and May and we are now open to your applications to join our important and unique program.

Training sessions will takes place over four weekends:
April 16 & 17 (Saturday & Sunday in Pinawa)
April 24 (Sunday in Pinawa)
April 30 & May 1 (Saturday and Sunday in Pinawa)
May 14 (Saturday in Winnipeg)

For more information, please read our SARAH volunteer recruitment letter. Please feel free to share our Volunteer recruitment poster with anyone you know who may be interested in joining us.

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Sisters in Spirit


Each year on October 4th, communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As we do so, we remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us. We honour their lives and we offer support to families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to violence.

On Monday, October 5th at 12 pm Survivor’s Hope will be hosting a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence for all who want to honour our Stolen Sisters.

The vigil will take place at the Survivor’s Hope Drop-In office in the Winnipeg River Learning Centre, located at 3 Walnut Street in Powerview-Pine Falls.

If you are unable to join the vigil, you can light a virtual candle on the Native Women’s Association of Canada website. All are invited to light a candle, online or in person, as a beacon of hope and strength.

Join and share this event on facebook.

Sisters in Spirit poster PDF

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Annual General Meeting

Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre has been delivering programming in eastern Manitoba since 2003 to address the issues of sexual violence and relationship abuse.  The SARAH Program provides sexual assault crisis intervention services to victims reporting to local hospitals and RCMP detachments.  The SADI program delivers workshops to regional schools to provide youth with the skills needed to build healthy and respectful relationships.  We delivered more than 160 workshops this school year!  The Reaching Out Program delivers information to service providers and community members to increase awareness around sexual violence and relationship abuse.  Our new drop-in office in the Winnipeg River Learning Centre in Powerview-Pine Falls is open Monday afternoons to offer sexual assault crisis intervention support for victims and resources for community members.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place Thursday June 18, 7:00 p.m. in our office at Lewis Business Centre in Pinawa.   Enter the building through the SE Entrance and follow the signs to suite 10.  A meet and greet will take place from 6:30 to 7:00 with snacks and beverages.  Check out the informational display in the hallway and meet board members, volunteers, and staff. You are invited to come out to learn more about what we do, how we do it, and how you can get involved on our Board.  For more information contact or 204-753-5353.

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Thank you Lac du Bonnet!

April 19-25 was National Victims of Crime Awareness week. In 2009, nearly 25% of Canadians reported being the victims of crime. Crime in some form or another is likely to impact every single Canadian at some point in our lives.

During Victims Week and Sexual Assault Awareness month, we want to draw attention to sexual violence as a criminal offence. It is not just an unfortunate by-product of relationships or gender – it is a crime. No one ever deserves to experience violence and it is not a part of life we need to accommodate, even though the rates of occurrence are high. We can all work toward a safer and healthier future.

Even town councils can play a part in standing up for victims and offering support. We want to send a big grateful shout-out to the town of Lac du Bonnet! On April 9, 2015, the town council passed resolution 64/15 in support of victims week. They took a stand to support victims because crime does not just affect one person – it impacts families and entire communities.

Thank you Lac du Bonnet for resolving “to remain committed to addressing and advancing victim issues”!!

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Workshop and Open House Planned to Honour Victims Week

vw-2015-engSince 2011, the province of Manitoba has recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Also in April is the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 19-25.

Sexual violence impacts the majority of Canadians. Half of Canadian women are likely to experience an act of sexual violence in their lifetime. Sexual violence is not something inflicted on women alone – one in six men will also be victims of sexual violence.

During this month of awareness raising, Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre is hosting educational opportunities regarding the trauma that results from experiencing sexual assault and the realities of sexual exploitation in rural Manitoba.

On April 23, Survivor’s Hope will be hosting a full-day workshop for service providers in Powerview-Pine Falls. The workshop is titled Sexual Exploitation: Increasing our knowledge and capacity for action. Those interested in registering for the sexual exploitation workshop should contact

A variety of speakers will discuss the consequences of sexual assault as a traumatic experience, the realities of sexual exploitation, and Manitoba’s strategy to address sexual exploitation.

Also on Thursday April 23, Survivor’s Hope will be hosting an open house at their new drop-in support office in the Winnipeg River Learning Centre in Powerview-Pine Falls. Everyone is welcome to stop by between 9 am – 4 pm. There will also be an open house at the Survivor’s Hope office in Pinawa in Lewis Business Centre Friday April 24, 9 am – 4 pm.

The events hosted during Victims Week are made possible in part by grant funding from the Federal Department of Justice and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

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Day of Pink: Bullying Intervention Saves Lives

Stephanie and her dog Maeby are wearing pink in support of the Red Cross Day of Pink

Stephanie and her dog Maeby are wearing pink in support of the Red Cross Day of Pink

On Wednesday, April 8 all Manitobans are encouraged to wear pink in support of the Red Cross Day of Pink.

Day of Pink is an anti-bullying event that was inspired by two Nova Scotia students who stood up against bullying back in 2007. The students asked all of their peers to wear pink to school after they heard a male classmate had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

“Bullying is nasty and can take an enormous toll on those targeted by bullies,” said Stephanie Klassen, Reaching Out Program Coordinator for Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre. “Bullying is a deliberate and repetitive pattern of over-powering someone physically or verbally. It can include any kind of mistreatment, including exclusion, theft, assault, sexual harassment, and online humiliation or blackmail.”

According to Manitoba’s Safe and Caring Schools website, those who are bullied often experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and even thoughts of suicide.

“Because bullying may be a life-threatening situation, children and adults all need to take a stand against bullying,” said Klassen.

Schools across the province increase their level of participation in Day of Pink each year. Students are engaged in putting up posters, wearing pink to school, and planning various awareness raising activities.

“Bullying is not just a kid’s issue. Bullying happens to kids and adults,” said Klassen. “Adults need to set a good example of respectful interactions everywhere we go, and responsible intervention when we see bullying take place.”

Wearing pink on April 8 is one way to symbolically stand up for respect and take a stand against bullying.

“We encourage everyone to participate in Day of Pink. You can get your place of work involved, your family, your friends, your pickleball buddies – everyone plays an important role in creating safe and respectful environments.”

More information on Red Cross Day of Pink can be found at

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Volunteer Training: Survivor’s Hope Wants You!



Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre is running training for new volunteers with our sexual assault crisis program this spring.

The SARAH program, (Sexual Assault Recovery and Healing) is a program that provides emotional support, hospital accompaniment, information and referrals, and options for survivors and their loved ones following sexual assault. This program operates in the RCMP detachments in Lac du Bonnet, Beausejour, Oakbank, and Powerview-Pine Falls, as well as the Pinawa, Beausejour and Powerview-Pine Falls hospitals.

Training starts the first weekend of May (May 2-3), continues May 23 & 24, and then again June 13th.  Trainees must attend all weekend training sessions.  Trainees must also attend one evening session May 6 in Pinawa or May 19 in Powerview-Pine Falls.  The first two training weekends are in Powerview-Pine Falls this year.   June 13 is in Winnipeg at Klinic.

Anyone interested in training can call Holly at 204-753-5353, email , stop in at our Pinawa office Monday to Thursday (although it is hit and miss to catch someone there) or stop in at our Powerview-Pine Falls office at the Winnipeg River Learning Centre Monday afternoons.  The application process involves filling out an application form, two interviews, two reference checks, and three records checks (Child Abuse, Adult Abuse, Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector).  Successful applicants will be invited to attend training.

Please forward this call for volunteers on to your community contacts, co-workers, friends, and family members who may be interested in the training.  You could also print out this poster and put it up in your part of the region.

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