On May 5, 2015 Albertans went to the poll and elected a new government. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre is located in the constituency of Calgary Varsity and our new Member of the Legislative Assembly is Stephanie McLean. Stephanie resides with her family in the neighbourhood of Varsity near Market Mall.
On July 23rd, 2015 Stephanie honoured the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre by speaking in the Alberta Legislature about the work being done here. Stephanie’s statement is below:
Ms. McLean: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to acknowledge the work of a local leader and hero who is recognized both here in Alberta and further afield. Whether you know Sheldon Kennedy for his eight years in the NHL or for his cross-Canada in-line skate to raise awareness for child abuse, Sheldon is best known for his courageous decision to report the sexual abuse he suffered while playing junior hockey.
Since then Sheldon has become an inspiration to abuse survivors around the world and has become a committed, outspoken children's advocate. For his tireless work he has received several awards, and in May this year he was awarded our country's highest honour, the Order of Canada. Sheldon also serves on the board of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in the constituency of Calgary-Varsity. In this amazing place compassionate and committed experts from all fields, like social workers, health care professionals, police, and Crown prosecutors, work together to support victims of child abuse. The centre's collaborative approach gives children, youth, and families affected by violence hope and helps them heal.
The Alberta government is a proud partner with the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and its work in support of children as well as prevention and research. Together with other child advocacy centres in the province we are developing Alberta's integrated model of best practice. The integrated model will expand the collaborative services approach beyond the locations of the child advocacy centres themselves. In addition to his work as a board member, Sheldon continues to bring attention to the work of the centre and the issue of child abuse.
Please join me in congratulating Sheldon Kennedy for his appointment to the Order of Canada, for his leadership, and for his compassion and courage.
The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre appreciates Stephanie’s support and looks forward to working collaboratively with her and our new government as we continue to develop a provincial model of practice.