Belief Statements:

We believe individuals and groups dealings with distress, trauma, suicide, sexual, and physical abuse, have the right to access skilled, caring and professional services.

We believe that each person has dignity and deserves to be treated with respect, without discrimination.

We believe in an individual’s resiliency, ability to grow through crisis, ability to take control and responsibility for their lives, and choose healthy, respectful behaviors to others.

Though we do not condone certain behaviors, engaging in such behaviors does not negate that person’s innate worth.

Vision Statement

We envision healthy individuals and families within healthy, supportive communities.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a confident, caring approach to helping people in crisis.

Target Statement

Our organization serves individuals and communities dealing with crisis and trauma in Northwest Alberta, past and present.

Aim Statement

We strive to develop an organization with skills, knowledge and resources in dealing with crisis, post traumatic stress, sexual abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and suicide. Also, to influence and educate communities to respond to individuals and victims with compassion and respect.

Board of Directors

Building safe and caring communities through support and education

Delbert Lubeck

President

Delbert has served on the Pace Board since 1997. He is a Red Seal and Blue Seal Heavy Equipment Technician. Delbert has many years of mechanical, management and business experience. He has started a successful small business and has mentored others in their small businesses. Delbert is currently a Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) Instructor for Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC). Delbert’s community involvement has included serving as a volunteer fire fighter, Canada Winter Games, and more than 20 years on the Pace Board of Directors.

Connie Korpan

Vice President

Connie has served on the Pace Board since 2007. She has been a Psychology instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) since 2001. Connie also provides supervision to GPRC students in their community-based research projects, such as A Needs Assessment of Supports at Odyssey House for Clients Experiencing Domestic Violence and Substance Misuse. She is also the principal investigator conducting community-based research under the umbrella of “Community Enhancement Research” at GPRC.  She has worked on several projects in Grande Prairie, including: Evaluation of the Police and Crisis Team (PACT), assessment of the Integrated Family Violence Unit, and provision of assistance to other community leaders in conducting research in a variety of areas including; assessment of newcomers’ need for the Grande Prairie Local Immigration Partnership. Connie is an active member of several community boards and networks, including the Suicide Prevention Resource Centre, and the Prevention of Family Violence Network.

Judith Hall

Secretary

Judith was trained as a Registered Nurse at the Kent & Canterbury Hospital in the UK, prior to relocating to Grande Prairie in 1979. The focus of Judith’s nursing career has largely been in Mental Health, and she has owned and operated a private counselling practice in Grande Prairie for over 26 years. Judith has served on the Pace Board since 2010.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Treasurer

Dennis has served on the Pace Board for over 15 years. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA)/Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), graduating university in 1970 and being admitted to The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) in 1975. Dennis has worked as an audit manager for an international accounting firm, was the treasurer for the University of Alberta (U of A), as well as a college instructor at GPRC. He currently has an accounting practice in Grande Prairie.

Dennis has held a wide range of volunteer and community service positions and continues to actively engaged in supporting the continued growth and resiliency of Grande Prairie.

Bill Walker

Director

Bill Walker is currently a Municipal and Emergency Management Consultant with Transitional Solutions Inc. which provides management consulting to municipal and other clients and has served as the CAO for the Town of Beaverlodge. Bill previously worked with the City of Grande Prairie for over 40 years and during this time served in the capacity of Fire-fighter, Lieutenant, Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Chief, Manager of Protective & Emergency Services, Protective Services Director and Community Safety Director.

Bill holds the professional designation of Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM). His belief in lifelong learning has lead to opportunities in a number of different areas. He has instructed a number of courses and seminars and has presented internationally to diverse groups such as the World Burn Congress and the United Arab Emirates Conference on Environment & Disaster Planning as well as to a number of Alberta and local organizations. Bill is currently a member of the Board for the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services and PACE.

He is married to Kim and they have 3 children, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is an artist and loves drawing and painting landscapes and people as well as traveling to different areas of the world.

Gail Haakstad

Director

Gail is proud to call Grande Prairie and the Peace region her home. Gail’s background is in sales, recreation, education and owner-operator of a commercial art gallery for 12 years.  Gail graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary where she received a diploma in Community Recreation before returning home to Grande Prairie. Eventually marrying and starting her own family, Gail and her husband Carmen’s are firm believers in the importance of giving back to the community that has been so good to them. Gail has contributed to many different organizations over the years: Odyssey House, Grande Prairie Regional College, The Prairie Art Gallery, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Queen Elizabeth 11 Hospital Foundation, Cancer, The Alzheimer Society, and The Community Foundation, to name a few. Gail has served on the Pace Board since 2012.

Dwight Logan

Director

Dwight has served on the Pace Board since 2013. Dwight Logan was born in Edmonton and raised in Grande Prairie. He received a BA in History & English from the University of Alberta in 1969, and his teaching certificate in 1970. Dwight has been a long-time fixture on Grande Prairie City Council, having served four terms as alderman and three terms as mayor.  Dwight’s extensive contributions to the community include volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters; serving as a director in many organizations: Peace Counselling, Chamber of Commerce, Municipal Planning Commission, Canadian Red Cross, Grande Prairie Airport Commission, Prairie Art Gallery, GP Museum, Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie, and the Centre 2000 board; and as Chairman of others: Grande Prairie & District United Way, John Howard Society, Subdivision and Appeal Board, Downtown Association.

Roxie Rutt

Director

Roxie has served on the Pace board since 2016. She is a representative of the MD of Greenview, where she is serving her second term as a Councillor representing Ward 7, Crooked Creek/Ridgevalley/Sturgeon Heights. Roxie retired from Education in 2012, having taught many years in the Public and Catholic school systems. Her most recent positions were as a Teacher and Administrator for the Peace Wapiti School District, 14 years in Penson School in Grovedale and 5 years in Ridgevalley, her old High School. She has lived most of her life in the area and is pleased to be giving back to her community in this small way.

Don McKenna

Director

Superintendent Donnan Mckenna is a 28-year veteran of the RCMP, has a degree in justice and law enforcement, and developed ‘K’ Division’s Crime Reduction Strategy for the province of Alberta. He oversaw the creation of the habitual offender management policy and the crime reduction policy; was commissioned for three years to Ottawa as the inspector-in-charge of operational policy and compliance with the RCMP; and sits on the provincial death review committee and the John Howard Society board. McKenna also spent a year in the Ivory Coast as the Canadian contingent commander for the UN’s foreign police unit. Don joined the Pace Board in 2016.

Jade Rowe

Director

Jade Rowe joined the Board of Directors in 2018.

Gregory Towler

Director

Gregory joined the Pace Board in 2018.

Our Funders

What Clients Say…

“This is the best program for families . . . my child likes coming here to see his dad.”

 

~ Safe Visitation

“Essential Service . . . great program with excellent facilitators.”

~ Women’s Support Group

“I had to force myself to come every week, even though I looked forward to it. The course was pretty deep, it dealt with both the head stuff and the heart stuff. I loved the course, and learned a lot about myself.”

~ Inter-generational Healing

“You guys were great to work with. The program helped me get past my emotions and then focus on my child’s needs.”

 

~ Safe Visitation

“I learned to recognize sexual harassment. There are a lot of things I didn’t know counted as sexual harassment that happens to me. It`s not ok for me to be treated that way and now I feel more confident standing up to that.”

~ Public Awareness Presentation: Student Grade 7-12

“Very informative & I am learning and using new coping skills & life skills. Should have done this a long time ago . . . I am changing and watching the others change.”

 

~ Women’s Support Group

“I want to thank you for being the go between, for me and my ex-wife. Your advice on how to help the kids get through the separation helped me out a lot. I think we will miss you for a while.”

~ Safe Visitation

“The biggest realization I had is to take care of myself, that if I am not safe, and if I cannot control my emotions, and communicate my feelings and needs, I cannot help the children build those skills. I now believe in myself, and I deserve to have safety and respect in my relationships.”

~ Inter-generational Healing

“Pace has made a change in me I would never be able to do on my own . . . Thank you, Pace for giving me my life back.”

 

~ Women’s Support Group

“You guys are fantastic, not sure how this would have turned out for us if Pace did not have the safe visitation program.”

~ Safe Visitation

“I do not know what would have happened to my kids if this program was not available.”

~ Safe Visitation

“If it weren’t for this group of amazing women and our facilitator I would be the suicidal, desperate depressed person that was my life before this program.”

~ Women’s Support Group

“I am so glad Grande Prairie has this program. I know without it I would not have been able to see my girls and stay attached to them. Just a wonderful place to come. You made us feel comfortable and safe to talk about things.”

~ Safe Visitation

“I am talking about how abuse has affected me with my sisters, we are all talking about things we never used to speak about, we want to end the trauma with our generation, we want to be there for our children.”

~ Inter-generational Healing

“This [Who Do You Tell] program is extremely well organized, presented, and thoughtful. It should be in every school. ”

~ Who Do You Tell Presentation: Teacher Grade 7-12

“Staff are excellent and help me talk about my frustrations in the situation.”

 

~ Safe Visitation

“Absolutely grateful and blessed to attend the group, I fell that it is saving my life and very important for my future.”

~ Women’s Support Group

“I never thought of myself as important before, everyone else’s needs came before mine. This has flipped for me – I am setting healthy boundaries, talking about my feelings, my thoughts, what I need, and it is working. ”

~ Inter-generational Healing

“The visits went very well, liked the staff. Coordinator taught me a lot about my children and how to listen to them.”

 

~ Safe Visitation

Our History

Over 35+ Years in the community

  • RCMP stats reveal an increase in Sexual Assaults in Grande Prairie and surrounding area. A steering committee is formed to identify strategies to address increasing needs
  • Based on the steering committee’s intensive work, the first P.A.C.E Board of Directors is elected
  • P.A.C.E (Providing Assistance, Counselling, and Education) opens its doors and starts seeing victims of sexual violence and abuse

  • The first volunteers for the crisis line are trained
  • Support for victims of Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse programs are established
  • First treatment groups for adults of sexual abuse as children are held
  • Crisis Intervention, Sexual Abuse as Children programs, and individual counselling begin

  • Expanding services-multipurpose crisis line established

  • P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the Suicide Prevention Center, providing referrals, education & networking to the Peace Region

  • P.A.C.E establishes the Intra-Familiar Child Sexual Abuse treatment program
  • P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the C.A.R.E kit

  • P.A.C.E expands the Child Abuse Treatment program, integrating services, non-offending parents & offenders

  • Hosted first of 3 regional conferences addressing northern communities responding to physical and sexual violence

  • P.A.C.E offers its first information group

  • The “Breakfast Club” is established for at-risk youth

  • P.A.C.E becomes a founding member of the AB Association of Sexual Assault Centers (AASAC), now the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS)

  • P.A.C.E integrates the Family Support program consisting of in-home support workers, youth workers and drivers for families with Child Welfare Status

  • Suicide Prevention begins offering the Men’s Support Group
  • P.A.C.E implements parenting groups for parents of children with special needs

  • P.A.C.E develops the “Cost of Empathy” workshops for child welfare supervisors across Alberta

  • P.A.C.E receives accreditation for Child Welfare programs

  • P.A.C.E partners with the Muttart Foundation to bring vicarious trauma expertise to our region

  • P.A.C.E registers the Critical Response team in the Rural Crisis Int. program

  • P.A.C.E shuts down multipurpose crisis line when provincial line is established

  • The Bike 4 Life Fundraising Campaign is established
  • P.A.C.E begins offering the Women’s Support Group

  • P.A.C.E starts 5-week Trauma Support Group

  • P.A.C.E starts the Community Treatment Program

  • P.A.C.E begins offering the 17-week Caring Dads program
  • P.A.C.E starts Monitored Exchange

  • P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the Caribou Child & Youth Centre, one of only 3 Child & Youth Advocacy Centres in Alberta

  • P.A.C.E establishes the 15-week Intergenerational Healing: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Parenting Group

  • P.A.C.E undergoes a rebranding process to more accurately reflect its role in the region, becoming Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre (Pace Centre)

  • Pace hosts the first Grande Prairie Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Campaign in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month

  • Pace and the Caribou Child & Youth Centre co-present their first regional conference, providing educational training supports for service providers addressing issues of child maltreatment

  • In partnership with the Crown Prosecutors office, RCMP, HIV North, Alberta Health Services and Crime Prevention, Pace establishes the first Sex Trade Offender Program (STOP) in the region, modelled on the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) STOP program in Edmonton.

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