After a pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the popular Downtown Safety Education and Information Sessions were brought back for four engaging presentations at the end of 2022.
These sessions were held at Casa (203 8 St. S.) in the Community Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Session #1 Engaging Vulnerable Persons Training/Workshop (October 25, 2022)
This first session involved a workshop/training session presented by Shaundra Bruvall, Communications and Fund Development Manager at Alpha House Society. This workshop helped to break down common myths and misconceptions by providing an understanding of homelessness and its root causes. The training provided skills and knowledge to give individuals comfort and confidence to co-exist and interact meaningfully with people experiencing homelessness, using compassion, empathy, and crisis intervention techniques when necessary.
Session #2 - Understanding the Drug Crisis (November 8, 2022)
The second session covered learning more about the drug crisis from the knowledge of Indigenous Recovery Coaches Jacen Abrey and Samantha Scout. This First Nations-led recovery program connects clients with their Blackfoot culture through ceremonies and meetings with coaches while conducting outreach in the community.
Session #3 Downtown Initiatives/Grants (December 6, 2022)
In this session, participants learned about aspects of the City of Lethbridge's commitment to the long-term process of revitalizing the urban core with Andrew Malcolm, the City's Urban Revitalization Manager. This presentation included a number of programs and incentives that are available to provide financial assistance to stimulate growth, development and business in the core.
Session #4 Downtown Safety Resources (December 13, 2022)
In the final session of 2022, we hosted Jeff Cove, Program Manager with The Watch, a volunteer-based initiative of Lethbridge Police Service. The Watch works to enhance the community as a safe and friendly place for everyone through providing social outreach, connection, and intervention. Jeff Cove shares the history of how The Watch came to be, a bit about the volunteers and the work that they do.