Season's Greetings from REACH Edmonton!

Season's Greetings!

From all of us at REACH Edmonton, we wish you a very happy holiday and a peaceful and safe New Year. We value our relationship and look forward to working with you to make Edmonton a safer city in 2013 and in the future.

A message from the Board Chair and Executive Director

Heading into this holiday season we want to take this opportunity to draw attention to REACH Edmonton's accomplishments in 2012 and share our plans for 2013.

This has been a busy year for the REACH Board. The board developed the strategic plan, solidified its policies, delivered a balanced budget, held a successful AGM and helped to grow the REACH membership in Edmonton. Some board members were also honoured with the Queen's Jubilee Medal - including Police Chief Rod Knecht, Kyle Dube, Rachelle Venne and the Honourable Allan H. Wachowich Q.C. LL.D.

Throughout the last year, REACH Edmonton has made progress on a number of initiatives and projects. These accomplishments include:

  • Submitting a Youth Gang Prevention Fund proposal to the National Crime Prevention Centre in partnership with the Africa Centre, the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Catholic School District, the Edmonton John Howard Society, the Edmonton Police Service, the Edmonton Public School Board, Native Counselling Services of Alberta and YOUCAN Youth Services.

  • Hosting Community Safety Conversations with the African and Aboriginal communities and the city's citizens at large. These events included 12 ward-specific conversations, two Aboriginal events and an event with the African community.

  • Moving the 24/7 initiative forward with the development of an iPhone app for front-line workers and the release of a Request for Proposals in partnership with Homeward Trust for a Crisis Service Diversion Team.

  • Acting as the project manager for Safe Community Innovation Fund projects including the REACH Aboriginal Leadership Circle, the REACH Immigrant and Refugee Initiative and Schools as Community Hubs.

  • Supporting Injera in bringing communities together and building trust with local police, as part of the Violence Reduction Action Plan.

All board members continue to connect with the community and make a significant contribution to safety in Edmonton by representing and promoting REACH across the city.

Looking back on all this success in 2012, we are looking forward to our plans for the upcoming year, such as:

  • Moving forward with the 24/7 initiative

  • Creating a Fund Development Strategy

  • Developing elements of the Neighbourhood Organizing Initiative

  • Assisting our REACH Aboriginal Leadership Circle, Schools as Community Hubs and REACH Immigrant and Refugee Initiative partners

We are excited about continuing to work with government, growing our membership and striving to become a centre of excellence.

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season and look forward to working with you to make Edmonton a safer city in 2013.

Jon Hall, Board Chair & Jan Fox, Executive Director