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211 region-wide directory for

community services coming soon

Residents of the West Yellowhead will soon wide array of languages. At launch, the service represents an initiative by the collaborative
have a new, convenient service available to will be available for social groups and programs, municipalities of , Edson, Yellowhead County,
connect with the resources in their area. but there is also the potential to expand the and Hinton to provide an all in one directory
In early 2016, the Councils of Yellowhead program to even include recreation and other resource for important area services. At launch,
County, Edson, and Hinton pledged a combined groups as well. the directory will include information on area
25,000 dollars to create a regional 211 coalition. Using the service will be easy. Dial 211, services ranging from social supports to
Since that time, service towers have been confirm you're a person by pressing one, and talk municipal services, with the potential to add
erected, progress has begun to bring all of the to the operator. They'll know what area you're more variety of information in the future. Dialing
regions service providers into one easy to use calling from, and so will know which 211 anytime, from anywhere within the West
directory, and now that effort is coming to community's resources to connect you with. And Yellowhead, will connect users with a live agent
fruition. if your immediate community doesn't have what who has access to the combined networks of our
Starting mid-December, residents will have you're looking for, our directory will offer three communities. Also available online is a free
access to the 211 directory, 24 hours a day. A call services in neighbouring communities, bridging anonymous chat service for those who just need
in the area from any land or cellular based the gap and bringing all three communities' someone to talk to.
telephone will connect users with a live person essential services into one convenient point of
who will help them connect with the program contact.
they need. The service will be accessible to Backgrounder:
teletype devices, and support is available for a This 211 service
Importance of Victim Edson RCMP School

Impact Statements

by Deanna Mitchener feeling and what they have been Resource Officer
experiencing since the crime. What
If you have been a victim of crime they have had to cope with, if they starts in schools
are you aware that you can write a are having trouble sleeping, eating
victim impact statement for the or may have difficulty
courts? concentrating. How you are feeling The Edson RCMP have initiated a school and community events and
If you are a victim you may not about yourself and those around you pilot project to place a School working on community priorities
know how to write a statement or such as your family and friends," Resource Officer (SRO) in to local including drugs, suicide and bullying
are under stress and unsure of what said Talpash. schools for the 2016-2017 school prevention.”
all needs to be in your statement. "When writing about the physical year. This position adds to the There are no changes to how
Colleen Talpash, program manager impact the individual may wish to repertoire of experience and tools the matters can be reported to Police,
with the Edson and District Victim write about how they were hurt or detachment brings to realize safety in reports of crimes can be made 24
Services, says, "Victim impact any medical problems they have as the community. hours to Edson RCMP Detachment at
The project builds upon the Edson (780) 723-8800. The position will
statements are important for the a result of the crime," said Talpash.
courts to consider. These statements "Everything mentioned in the Community Safety Initiative in work on a referral and proactive
give the victim of a crime a chance victim impact statement must be partnership with the Town of Edson, basis.
to tell the court how the crime has truthful, accurate and relevant to the Yellowhead County and local school
personally affected them. The crime of which the accused has boards to establish a positive
statement can include how the been found guilty. After a finding of relationship between youth and EVENT REMINDER
crime has affected the individual's guilt and before sentencing the Police and provide another role
mind and body, affected them victim impact statement can be read model in the schools for students. November 26
St. Catherine's Anglican Church and
financially and their sense of in court. It will be at that time that The SRO will work in and with the Grace Lutheran Church Christmas
security." the judge will consider the victim local independent and regional Tea and Bazaar at the Red Brick Arts
When writing about the emotional impact statement when deciding on division schools to enhance safety of Centre Noon – 3 p.m. Team room,
impact of the crime the individual the sentence," said Talpash. youths. baking, crafts, silent auction.a
can touch on how their life changed For more information call Victim “Cst. Sarah Pennoyer is welcomed November 27
or the lives of those close to them Services and speak with Colleen to the full-time position and has Frosty's Fun Winter Sale takes place
since the crime. "They should Talpash or Donna Watchel at 780- already begun in the position making from 9am-3pm at the Edson
remember to include how they are 723-8813. appearances at local schools,” states Friendship Centre. There are lots of
Staff Sergeant Peter King. “We want vendors to choose from with door
to be proactive in being visible in prizes available.

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