ABOUT PACE CENTRE

Building Safe & Caring Communities Through Support & Education

Our Belief Statement

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.

Pace Center History

Building Safe and Caring Communities Through Support and Education

1980 Pace Center Opens
Pace Center Opens
  • 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
1981 Programs Established
Sexual Assault & Abuse Programs Established
  • 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
1982 Crisis Line Established
Multi-Purpose Crisis Line Established
  • Expanding services-multipurpose crisis line established
1983 Sponsoring Agency
Sponsoring Agency for Suicide Prevention
  • P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the Suicide Prevention Center, providing referrals, education & networking to the Peace Region
1986 New Programs Established
New Programs Established
  • 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
1988 Program Expansion
Child Abuse Treatment Program Expansion
  • P.A.C.E expands the Child Abuse Treatment program, integrating services, non-offending parents & offenders
1989 Regional Conferences Hosting
Regional Conferences Hosting
  • Hosted first of 3 regional conferences addressing northern communities responding to physical and sexual violence
1990 Information Group Established
Information Group Established
  • P.A.C.E offers its first information group
1992 Breakfast Club Established
At-Risk Breakfast Club Established
  • The “Breakfast Club” is established for at-risk youth
1993 AASAC Founding Membership
Alberta Founding Member of AASAC
  • 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)
1994 Family Support Program
Family Support Program Integration
  • 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
1996 New Programs Established
New Programs Established
  • Suicide Prevention begins offering the Men’s Support Group
  • P.A.C.E implements parenting groups for parents of children with special needs
1997 New Workshop Developed
"Cost of Empathy" Workshop Developed
  • P.A.C.E develops the “Cost of Empathy” workshops for child welfare supervisors across Alberta
1998 Child Welfare Accreditation
Child Welfare Accreditation
  • P.A.C.E receives accreditation for Child Welfare programs
1999 Partnershipip Established
Partnership With Muttart Foundation
  • P.A.C.E partners with the Muttart Foundation to bring vicarious trauma expertise to our region
2000 Critical Response Team
Critical Response Team Registered
  • P.A.C.E registers the Critical Response team in the Rural Crisis Int. program
2002 Crisis Line Shutdown
Multi-Purpose Crisis Line Shutdown
  • P.A.C.E shuts down multipurpose crisis line when provincial line is established
2003 Fundraising & Support Groups
Fundraising & Support Groups Established
  • The Bike 4 Life Fundraising Campaign is established
  • P.A.C.E begins offering the Women’s Support Group
2004 Trauma Support Group
Trauma Support Group Start
  • P.A.C.E starts 5-week Trauma Support Group
2005 Community Treatment Program
Community Treatment Program Start
  • P.A.C.E starts the Community Treatment Program
2011 New Programs
New Programs Established
  • P.A.C.E begins offering the 17-week Caring Dads program
  • P.A.C.E starts Monitored Exchange
2012 Caribou Child & Youth Centre
Caribou Child & Youth Centre Sponsorship
  • P.A.C.E becomes the sponsoring agency for the Caribou Child & Youth Centre, one of only 3 Child & Youth Advocacy Centres in Alberta
2013 Intergenerational Healing
Intergenerational Healing Group Established
  • P.A.C.E establishes the 15-week Intergenerational Healing: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Parenting Group
2014 Rebranding
Rebranding Process
  • 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)
2015 New Campaign
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Campaign
  • Pace hosts the first Grande Prairie Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Campaign in conjunction with Sexual Violence Awareness Month
2016 Regional Conference
Presentation of Regional Conference
  • P.A.C.E. and the Caribou Child & Youth Centre co-present their first regional conference, providing educational training supports for service providers addressing issues of child maltreatment
2018 STOP Program Established
Sex Trade Offender Program (STOP) Established
  • 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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