By Stan Ashbee
Sunny South News
Leading Change, a gender-based violence prevention program, was presented to high school students across the region by Barons-Eureka-Warner Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). The program, which explores issues of bullying, harassment, sexism and dating violence, was presented to Kate Andrews High School students in Coaldale last Tuesday. The program was also presented to high school students in Picture Butte. Former Calgary Stampeder linebacker and two-time Grey Cup winner Keon Raymond and Catie Kickman from the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) were the facilitators.
According to a media release, Leading Change is a unique program, as it is a partnership between CFL Alberta teams including the Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos and ACWS. The media release stated students gain an increased awareness and understanding of gender-based violence, abuse and harassment, and the role individuals can play to stop it.
According to the media release, far too many young people today struggle with issues of abuse, harassment and violence inside and outside of relationships, and reaching out to youth can put an end to cycles of violence and control.
During the Coaldale presentation, director of FCSS Zakk Morrison conveyed to students the presentation is a call to action to end violence against women and girls.
“The Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders are teaming up off the field to address relationship abuse and the cycle of violence, which are both serious problems in our society. Keon is here today to share with us the message, everyone can play a role promoting healthy relationships and creating peaceful schools and communities,” noted Morrison, during his introduction.