Community leader training aims to create homegrown safety solutions

EDMONTON - REACH Edmonton is offering free community leadership training sessions this spring in response to concerns heard from citizens across the city during public meetings in 2012. After hearing from more than 300 citizens at 15 public meetings last year (see Community Safety Conversations - Summary Report), REACH is offering sessions March 2 and June 8 that will train citizens in building public relationships, recruiting volunteers and developing community leaders. "We believe that the solutions to community safety lie within the community," said REACH Edmonton Executive Director Jan Fox. "Just putting more police officers on the street is not sustainable in the long run. We want to empower community leaders by giving them the tools they need to be the change in their own neighbourhoods." The training sessions are free, all-day events from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The March 2 session will take place at the Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre and the June 8 session will take place at the Northgate Lions Seniors Centre. Early registration is recommended as there is a maximum capacity of 60 people per session. To register, email marilyn.gray@reachedmonton.ca. To register online for the March 2 session, click here. To register online for the June 8 session, click here. For all media enquiries, please contact Marilyn Gray at (587) 991-3142. -30-