Get your dancing shoes on: RCMP ball coming up in October

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Get your dancing shoes ready for October 14th because the Slave Lake RCMP is hosting its regimental ball.
Jacquie Labrie of Slave Lake Victim Services says the proceeds raised from the evening will be going back into victim services’ programming.
“Slave Lake Victims Services is funded entirely through grant monies and fundraising and donations which allows for the provision of ongoing support and referral programs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” she says.” “At time of crisis and trauma, we all need someone to be there to help guide us through circumstance with compassion, information, and support.”
Labrie adds, “Slave Lake Victim Services is a police-based, non-profit, charitable society created to provide a highly skilled, compassionate level of service to victims of crime or tragedy, through our dedicated and trained staff and volunteers.”
The ball will be held at the Slave Lake Inn and Conference Centre and tickets include dinner, entertainment, dancing and auctions.
“Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. with improv comedy and dance to follow with silent and live auctions,” says Labrie. “Tickets are $85 each and are sold at RCMP detachment, Re/Max, S.L. Ford; people attending should wear formal or semi-formal attire.”
The Leader thought it would be a good idea to give a little background on what exactly Victim Services does in the area. We found out that it works in partnership with the RCMP and its sole purpose is to provide support, information and referrals to community members in Slave Lake and in M.D. 124.
“Goals of the RCMP-based victims services program are; lessen the immediate impact of crime on a victim. This can be done by alleviating stress on that victim by providing support, information and referrals in time of crisis,” says Labrie.
“We help victims cope with the effects of crime by providing information on the following: their police file status, the court process and case disposition, victim impact statements, police procedure, community resources, compensation application procedures and whatever else may be of help.”
Labrie adds, “We focus on the prevention of further victimization through education of crime prevention techniques and provide encouragement to the victim; promote a positive liaison between the police, court system and the victim so that a better flow of information and support is created; provide ongoing public awareness through the promotion of existing programs; provide well-trained volunteers who are able to maintain the integrity of and ensure confidentiality for all contacts with police, victims and the public at large.”
Call 780-849-6884 or email victimservices2008@gmail.com to arrange ticket purchase.

 

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