Rimbey resident Mike Steiner is featured in the Voices of Men calendar for the month of July, 2019. Calendar photos by Jan Boyarzin.

Voices of Rimbey calendar coming next year

Last year Rimbey Area Community Wellness Association put together a calendar called Voices of Men

Last year Rimbey & Area Community Wellness Association put together a calendar called Voices of Men 2019.

The purpose of the calendar was to get the message out regarding social issues surrounding family violence, bullying, addiction and mental health.

Each month, The Voices of Men calendar features a black and white photo of a male member of the community along with a short message against family violence.

This year the wellness association has decided to create another calendar promoting the same message.

“Talking helps reduce the stigma related to family violence, bullying, addiction and mental health,” said co-ordinator Leanne Evans.

The wellness association has opted to broaden their scope for their 2020 calendar and call it Voices of Rimbey. While the message remains the same, the group wants to involve individuals and groups from different walks of life in their calendar.

They are also hoping to include some artwork from local youth.

Any groups or individuals who would be interested in participating in the Voices of Rimbey calendar can call Leanne Evans at 403-843-4304.

Healthy relationships are the foundation of safe and caring communities. Children who grow up with adults in a healthy relationship are more likely to thrive and flourish. People in healthy relationships live longer and are happier.

Family violence is a silent, hidden crime. The majority of assaults go unreported. usually, family violence occurs in the privacy of the home. Seldom are their witnesses.

Family violence permeates all levels of society and all areas of the country. It is the only crime where the victim always knows the identity of the offender.

Family violence has shattered the lives of people of all ages, representing every occupation and profession.

In addiction to suffering physical injuries, victims of family violence often end up blaming themselves for the abuse.

Some victims come to regard violence as a natural part of family relationships.

Family violence is a social and health issue.

For more information on family violence and mental health check out

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2018001/article/54960/s10-eng.htm

for mental health: https://alberta.cmha.ca/mental-illness-in-canada/

The Rimbey and Area Wellness Association consists of like minded community members who choose to be involved in order to make a difference in their community.

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