It is said that a society is judged by how it protects its weakest and most vulnerable members. As a community in the first world, Calgary is a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre in every sense of the word. Recently, Calgary has grown in another important way. It has taken a significant and extraordinary step towards fulfilling its obligations to its most vulnerable members by creating The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. The CAC is a strong partner in the fight against child abuse and the damage it causes to our society. The creation of this state-of-the-art facility will demonstrate the high value Calgarians and Albertans place upon our children, the future of our community. Child abuse is a devastating occurrence that penetrates deep into every aspect of the community. With the establishment of CAC, the children of these serious crimes and their families will be given an immediate and comprehensive response. They will experience professionalism and compassion of the highest quality. No one government agency or individual standing alone can completely address this serious societal concern.
Together, however, we stand side by side in this community driven effort to make our society a better place for our youngest members. On behalf of Alberta Justice and the Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office, I am honoured to serve on the Board of Directors and the Senior Operational Committee for this exciting new Centre. Strong partnerships between Justice, Health, Law Enforcement, and Social Work professionals have created a bright new future for Calgary and area families.
I look forward to our continuing involvement in this important initiative and to creating better outcomes for children and their families.
Lloyd W. Robertson, Q.C., Chief Crown Prosecutor
Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office, Alberta Justice