Edmontonians REACH out for safety

Edmonton, June 22, 2010 - REACH Edmonton held its inaugural meeting today, ratifying a board of directors and meeting with its founding members. REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities is a non-profit society that seeks out the best ideas and practices to "build a culture of community safety in one generation." It is member-based and places priority on (encouraging positive life choices as a primary crime prevention strategy) addressing the root causes of crime by investing in prevention. "We are so thrilled to have such an exceptional group of individuals serving as the first board of this innovative organization," said interim executive director Kate Gunn. "We are excited to begin working with our new board, our members, and all Edmontonians, to develop and implement ways to make Edmonton a safer community for all." As of June 22, REACH Edmonton has 92 individual and 60 corporate members. Memberships in the organization are now available: $25/year for individuals and $50/year for corporations. As a member, people will be able to offer ideas, participate on committees and enable initiatives to help make Edmonton safer. "People who are not members can also be engaged in the work of REACH Edmonton," said Ms. Gunn. "However, members have voting privileges, and it's a way for people to invest, and be invested, in the organization." REACH Edmonton will be focused on three key areas: investing in children, youth and families; catalyzing change; and engaging Edmontonians in community safety. Anyone can be a member and get involved in making Edmonton a safer community. REACH Edmonton builds on the successes of other organizations, evidence-based best practices and partnerships to anticipate and prevent safety issues, as well as help remedy existing issues in an effective way. Memberships are available by emailing reachedmonton@gmail.com or by calling 780-442-5422. For more information, visit www.reachreport.ca.