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Press Release: New Clinic Serving Survivors of Human Trafficking to open in Ottawa

Press Release for H.E.A.L.T.H.

H (healthcare). E (education). A (advocacy). L (linkage). T (trauma informed). H (healing).

Press- First of it’s kind in Canada –  H.E.A.L.T.H. is a collaborative project between Voice Found, Ottawa Victim Services and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Tara Leach.

 Click here for further information about H.E.A.L.T.H.

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Conspiracy of Hope

It’s often said that certain people come into your life for a reason. Sometimes you’re not sure why you’re so drawn to them, but you are, and you are forever grateful that you’ve met. For me, Suzanne Sagmeister is one such person.

October 8. 2011

October 8. 2011

5 years ago I started seeing photographs of people that were taking my breath away. Often these were engagement or wedding photos. The capture of personalities, the edgy and unique setting, the moods – really just everything about these photos spoke to me. When my eldest son announced he was getting married, I knew what my wedding gift would be. I contacted my future daughter-in-law, asked her to look at Suzanne’s work and on October 8, 2011 the wedding day was beautifully captured by Suzanne.

Last year I discovered that Suzanne had started Conspiracy of Hope – a grassroots photographic movement to create conversation about suicide, inspire hope and save lives. I was drawn to the organization for so many reason – many of which she did not know about when she was in Ottawa to shoot my son’s wedding. She did not know there were survivors in attendance – people whose lives had been forever changed by the loss of loved ones to suicide. I believe she knew about the work I was doing with Voice Found but it was not a conversation we had during the course of wedding festivities. And we certainly never spoke about my personal struggles and the fact that child sexual abuse is a significant risk factor for suicidal behaviour.

Suzanne is now preparing to embark on a cross Canada tour to photograph survivors of suicide for a book to be titled ‘Life After Dark’. Called ‘Architects of Hope’, these survivors are people who have lost a loved one to suicide or have survived an attempt. When I learned of this project, I knew I needed to help in whatever way I could. After all, it is by talking and sharing that we can best help save lives. People need to know they are not alone and that suicide – like child sex abuse – is largely preventable.

My contribution to this project is serving as the Ambassador for Ontario. As such I am looking for people in the Thunder Bay and Ottawa areas who are interested in sharing their stories as ‘Architects of Hope’. If you are interested in participating, please contact me cynthia at voicefound.ca. Dates for ThunderBay are around June 23rd/24th and in Ottawa June 27th/28th.

Suzanne is a beautiful person embarking on a powerful journey. I know why we met – and I am forever grateful that we did. Down to earth, sincere, super creative and beautiful inside and out – I know you will love her as much as I do!

Contact me today if you would like to be a part of this book. Your story WILL save a life. Your courage will inspire others. Your pain will have purpose.

Shaping the Future Together

The crime of child sexual abuse affects every single one of us. The financial and societal costs are huge and yet it is a crime that can mostly be prevented!

During National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, we are leveraging the theme of ‘Shaping the Future Together’ and doing just that. Here are some ways you can actively participate in shaping a future that sees a reduction in the incidents of child sex abuse and more support for survivors!

SURVEY – April 19th to 25th – CANADA – Have Your Say

We’re getting ready to deliver more services and programs but before we do that, we want your feedback. This is your opportunity to provide us with some insight into what would be valuable for you. Let’s work together to shape a safe and happy future for children and survivors.
This anonymous survey will take you about 5 minutes to complete.

April 18th – Saint John, NB – Stewards of Children

2 hour child sex abuse prevention training that provides you with tools and confidence to prevent, recognize or respond to child sexual abuse. Register today!

April 23rd – Ottawa, ON – Share YOUR Story

Survivor, friend, law enforcement, health care provider, partner, spouse, colleague, neighbour, parent. You are invited to share your story from your unique perspective. Share a poem, make a statement, share your story or part of it. We will be video taping what you share. Ultimately, we will create one video masterpiece that uses YOUR voice and YOUR story to tell a powerful story.
Please use the registration form at the bottom of this page. Registration is required and must be received no later than noon April 22nd.

April 24th – Ottawa, ON – Facilitator Training

We are training facilitators to deliver Stewards of Children training. People from Nunavut, New Brunswick and Ontario have already signed up to join us. These individuals will be helping to shape the future by becoming authorized facilitators who can then train adults in their communities on how to prevent, recognize or respond to child sexual abuse. Registration is limited with only 2 spots left. We must have your registration in no later than April 17th.

Look for Facebook posts and tweets from us throughout the week. We’ll share prevention tips and much more!

REGISTER FOR APRIL 23RD – SHARE YOUR STORY

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Consequences

A small team of students from the Interactive Multi-Media class at Algonquin College in Ottawa worked with us to develop a powerful video called ‘Consequences’.
We are so proud of the children who volunteered to appear in this video and their parents who understand the importance of this message.

Kickass Canadians

“It’s at this point, and only this point, in telling her story that Cynthia starts to cry. Not when confiding the details of her abuse, of the graphic emotional and physical violence done to her, but in acknowledging the resulting feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness, and the realization that she isn’t bad or crazy—that her responses, all of them, were perfectly normal responses to obscenely abnormal acts.”

Read the story of a Kickass Canadian and the founder of Voice Found.

Call for Board Members

We are looking to fill a few positions on our board of directors. The people we are looking for must be committed to helping guide Voice Found to fulfill it’s mission. Experience in charitable organizations and non-profits is desirable.

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MediaStyle provides training space for Voice Found

It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have some additional new training space thanks to the generosity of the good folks at MediaStyle!

IdeaSpace is Ottawa’s new and exciting downtown collaboration space, studio and special events venue. Located at 131 Bank Street, 4th floor – we know you will find this space easy to get to and a wonderful place to learn!

We will be delivering Stewards of Children, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training and Volunteer Facilitator Training here starting on January 11th.

MediaStyle is passionate about teaching communications skills and also creates strategic plans and killer content for web, radio and television.
Web. Social. TV. Radio. Brand creation. Street level. Mobile. They’ve done it all from concept through integrated execution. They create killer content. Passionately.

We analyze the media, track public relations trends and interview media creators. You don’t need a PR agency when you have MediaStyle.
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Fashion Designer Diane Kroe Supports Voice Found

Diane Kroe has been supporting Voice Found since she met the founder in the spring of 2010. They immediately hit it off with their shared love of travel, fashion and a desire to stop children from being sexually abused.

Every show season, Diane raises money for Voice Found and ends a busy year in the founder’s home town of Ottawa. This year Diane has designed a gorgeous, reversible red and black dress called ‘Limitless Chiffon’ and she will be auctioning it off with all proceeds going to Voice Found.

You can see and bid on the dress at booth # 311 at Ottawa’s Originals Show that is taking place at the Ernst & Young Centre from December 12th to 22nd.

Bidding starts at $200.00 and if the dress is not your size – don’t worry, Diane will make one in your size. (allow 2 weeks) Bidding closes at the end of the day on December 21st and the winner will be announced and contacted that evening.

Please stop by and see Diane Kroe’s signature collections that embrace chic, smart styling to give glamorous detail to multi-function. These timeless, easy care, wrinkle-free pieces are perfect for any occasion and a must-have for travelling light.

Volunteer Facilitator Training – Ottawa

We are thrilled to offer the NEW Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse prevention training. This new curriculum has been well received since its launch in September and we need your help to deliver this important training!

We will be holding a volunteer facilitator training workshop in Ottawa on February 28th, 2014. Information on the workshop and role of the facilitator can be found here. Please read the information and complete the steps. Once you submit your application, we will provide you with additional details.

In order for the training to proceed, we need at least 10 people. We will work with you on fundraising ideas and MAY have some subsidies available.

Payment must be made in full before February 15th, 2014. Refunds will be provided if there are not enough people to conduct the training.

We are the only organization in Canada authorized to deliver the new Stewards of Children training. We do hope you will join us. You WILL be making a difference in the life of children in your community.

Canadian content will be included in this training.

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Giving Tuesday

Children are being sexually abused. Right now. In your neighbourhood. In your youth-serving organization. Perhaps even in your own home.

Voice Found knows that children can be protected from sexual predators but only if adults are provided with education and prevention information. With your support, we can deliver training to individuals, youth-serving organizations and communities across Canada.

Sexual predators are cunning. They are everywhere that children are. And it will take an army of educated, caring adults to stop them.

On this Giving Tuesday – Please consider making a donation to help us to keep children safe from sexual abuse. Simply click on the DONATE button on the top right of this webpage.