Community members turned up in big numbers on Tuesday, Nov. 24 to show their support for Association of Communities Against Abuse (ACAA), as the organization celebrated its 25th anniversary at its premises, adjacent to Christ King Catholic School.
“It is an amazing milestone for ACAA to be able to celebrate 25 years, finally, although there have been many times over the years in the past when we have been unsure about funding, or our funds have been cut,” said Judi Beebe, executive director, ACAA. “We do many fundraising activities over the year and have many organizations and individuals who donate to us as well, and this helps us keep going.”
It was an afternoon of speeches and gratitude as the small space at the ACAA office filled up quickly.
Also present at the event was Crowfoot MP Kevin Sorenson, who, in his speech, expressed gratitude to ACAA and all its board members for continually stepping up to help people in the community.
Lance Penny, chairperson, ACAA said, “Realizing that for a quarter of a century of supporting an organization that seeks to heal victims of sexual abuse helps me to see that with determination and time, positive changes in destructive attitudes and behaviour can happen and that feels so encouraging.”
Beebe expressed her gratitude to the board members and all the staff who have kept ACAA going.
“ACAA also has an amazing group of board members, therapists and staff who have stayed with the program through thick and thin,” said Beebe. “We have a unique model that is rural based and client focused.”
Scotiabank hosts bake sale in support of ACAA
In an effort to fundraise and support ACAA, Scotiabank hosted a bake sale on Friday, Nov. 27.
“We have had a bake sale for the past six years, organized by the staff at the branch,” said Kelsey Howe, Scotiabank staff and organizer. “Our first bake sale was to support one of my family members who was going through radical cancer treatment at the Mayo Clinic, and since we have supported various local charities.”
The sale raised a total of $1,050.00 with the bake items disappearing fast.
“We had an excellent turn out in terms of baking and people coming out to buy the baked goods, and this was our best bake sale since the first sale,” said Howe.
The baking items were provided by the Scotiabank staff, friends, family and board members of ACAA.