1 2014 SPRING NEWSLETTER
This year marked the 16th Annual ‘Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth’ Awareness Week, which ran from March 10 – 16, 2014. The week recognized the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth. Children of the Street Society hosted our 3rd Annual Celebration of Success and Fundraiser on March 13th at the prestigious Hycroft Manor in Vancouver, in recognition of Awareness Week. Approximately 150 guests attended including representatives from federal and provincial government, law enforcement agencies, service providers, corporate and private funders, parents, and community groups who work in partnership to combat the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in BC. The event was emceed once again by Mr. Bill Good of CKNW and featured keynote speaker BC’s Crown Counsel Damienne Darby, who shared lessons learned from her experience dealing with exploited youth. Thank you to all our guests who attend!
SOME OF THE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS FEATURED AT OUR CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS EVENT
2 PICTURES FROM OUR CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS
MASTER OF CEREMONIES BILL GOOD
MAT VAN LAER AND BEV CSIKOS FROM RCMP INTERNET CHILD EXPLOITATION (ICE) UNIT
OUR BOARD MEMBER STEPHANIE FRANCO (FAR RIGHT) WITH SOME OF OUR GUESTS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND BC CROWN COUNSEL DAMIENNE DARBY
3 PICTURES FROM OUR CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS (L-R): TREASURER SARAH HARRIS, ALLANA MENNIE AND PRESIDENT KRISTAL LOW
BILL GOOD WITH OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DIANE SOWDEN
SOME OF OUR GUESTS WATCHING THE KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTOR PRESIDENT KRISTAL LOW WELCOMING GUESTS
4 PICTURES FROM OUR CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS
FACILITATORS DAVID AND ASHLEIGH SHOWING GUESTS A SNAPSHOT OF OUR WORKSHOP
FACILITATORS TIM AND TIANA SHOWING GUESTS A SNAPSHOT OF OUR WORKSHOP
VOLUNTEERS JENNIFER AND LUCILLE GREETING GUESTS
CHILDREN OF THE STREET SOCIETY STAFF
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DIANE SOWDEN SPEAKING
SOME OF OUR GUESTS WATCHING THE PRESENTATION
5 CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS FUNDRAISER Feedback from some of our guests “My friend and I attended your event at Hycroft and were very impressed with the quality of the arrangements. There was such a diverse selection of silent auction items; the bidders’ sign-up idea was novel and useful, and the bid sheets were very prepared. We enjoyed the appetizers, and the professionally wine was pleasant and in very generous quantity. Your keynote speaker was very enlightening and interesting, even though so much of her presentation was directed towards law enforcement. We still learned a lot. All of the staff from Children of the Street were friendly and welcoming.”
“I attend many events throughout the year for various reasons and I found this to be a classy event with great food and a great format (silent auction, demonstration of the school programs, keynote speaker, etc.). As an individual very much interested in politics, legal, and social issues, I found the keynote speaker’s content very informative and interesting so I was quite intrigued by the detail she provided. I could see the value that Children of the Street provides to the community in the context that prevention is a far more effective way to address the issue.”
Soroptimist International of the Langleys “Not only was it held in a beautiful venue, we found the appetizers and drinks a real treat! We really enjoyed the speakers and learned quite a bit more about the topic your organization is working with. The young reps from the group did an amazing job in their role plays (we were really moved to tears at some points), and we are now armed with knowledge that we can pass along for the greater good!”
Jonathan Pagtakhan CIBC “Often social events within a non-profit organization are difficult to justify. Is it worthwhile? Yes! When done right, as this evening was, events provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the organization and its supporters, celebrate the staff who deliver amazing programs, and to be inspired to “do more” by advocates like Damienne Darby.”
Judy Robertson Pamela Curran
“I have the honour to be the Sergeant in charge of the Vancouver Police – Counter Exploitation Unit (CEU) and work with a committed group of police officers. CEU is the only policing investigative unit in the Province of BC that is dedicated to dealing on a full-time basis with the victims and families affected by the criminal exploitation of their daughters and sons involved in the sex trade. On Tuesday, March 13, 2014, I attended the Children of the Street ‘Celebration of Success and Fundraiser’. The presentation from TCO² was entertaining, educational and illuminating and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The featured speaker, Crown Counsel Damienne Darby, provided essential information on Human Trafficking and the challenges faced by investigators and prosecutors. This yearly event that has been not only supported by the Vancouver Police Department, but also by interested citizens who are determined to make a difference. Diane Sowden, her outstanding staff, and generous supporters offered those attending with a night of social interaction, wonderful speakers, and opportunities for creative donations. Our successes in the policing world are complemented and enhanced by the continuing collaboration with the Children of the Street Society, their outstanding educational programs and advocacy within our community.”
Sgt. Richard Akin Vancouver Police Department, Counter Exploitation Unit (CEU)
6 CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS FUNDRAISER
The highlight of our Celebration of Success event was a raffle, for two return flight tickets anywhere in WestJet’s world, courtesy of WestJet. Congratulations to Sgt. Richard Akin from the Vancouver Police Department who won the grand prize! We would like to thank Brian Sanders who was last year’s raffle winner, for drawing the winning ticket and thank you to WestJet for their generous donation which contributed to the success of our event!
LAST YEAR’S RAFFLE WINNER BRIAN SANDERS DRAWING THE WINNING TICKET
WINNER RICHARD AKIN (FAR RIGHT) RECEIVES HIS PRIZE
As part of our Celebration of Success event, we hosted a Silent Auction fundraiser. Thank you to those who participated in our auction and congratulations to all of our prize winners! A sincere THANK YOU to the following companies, organizations and individuals who generously donated items to make our fundraiser a huge success:
Arms Reach Bistro Arts Club Bard on the Beach BC Lions BeautifulEyes Build-A-Bear Metrotown Capilano Suspension Bridge Chuck Jung Associates Elisabeth Bakker Esposito Massage Fable Restaurant Garden Works Hard Rock Casino Hawksworth Restaurant Holt Renfrew Vancouver Jonathan Pagtakhan Kalev Fitness Solutions MAC Cosmetics Metropolis at Metrotown Metropolis Eyecare Centre
Nature’s Creations P&G Professional Health Pacific National Exhibition Pourhouse Vancouver Purdy’s Chocolate Raw Canvas Science World Stacey Williams Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver Telus Vancouver Aquarium Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club Vancouver Canucks Vancouver International Film Festival Vancouver Opera Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Vancouver ThreatreSports League Waves Coffee West Restaurant Ziptrek Eco Tours
7 TCO² WORKSHOP Since the start of the 2013/2014 school year, our Workshop Facilitators delivered 445 TCO2 workshops for over 19,267 youth across BC, including 57 workshops for 1,059 high-risk youth. 91 workshops were delivered for elementary students, 45 for middle school, and 235 for secondary audiences. We have visited over 25 communities, including Bella Coola, Squamish, Gibsons, Madeira Park, Halfmoon Bay, Sechelt, Agassiz, and regions throughout the Lower Mainland. Highlights included: - A trip to the Sunshine Coast in partnership with School District 46 where 20 workshops were delivered to over 1,000 youth grades 5-12; 3 of those workshops were for high-risk groups. - Workshops for youth at the South Vancouver Learning Centre, Union Gospel Mission, Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), Apex Secondary School, Chilliwack Education Centre, Qmunity GAB Youth, and more - Workshops for community members and service providers at Vancity Maillardville, Ministry of Justice, Soroptimist International of the Langleys and Salvation Army’s Deborah’s Gate - 2 workshops for 60 youth at the British Columbia Federation of Youth in Care Networks Event -
A workshop for an all-girls group through the Vancouver School board
Presented to over 75 participants at the Annual Gathering Our Voices Conference held by BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Presented to over 30 participants at the British Columbia Alternate Education Association Conference
WORKSHOP FACILITATORS TIM AND TIANA
WORKSHOP FACILITATORS DAVID AND ASHLEIGH
TCO² (TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES, TAKING CARE OF OTHERS) IS AN EDUCATIONAL PREVENTION WORKSHOP DELIVERED TO YOUTH (AGES 10-18) ACROSS BC, INTENDED TO TEACH YOUTH ABOUT HOW TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR PEERS SAFE FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING. INTERESTED IN HAVING TCO² PRESENT TO YOUR GROUP? PLEASE CONTACT OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR KEV AT 604 939 6055 OR KLESCISIN@CHILDRENOFTHESTREET.COM.
8 2014 YOUTH ART ENGAGEMENT PROJECT The Youth Art Engagement Project is a multi-session program that pairs sexual exploitation prevention education with social justice art creation. Youth participants are offered the opportunity to receive education, develop awareness initiatives, creatively express themselves, and practice peer leadership skills in their communities. This yearâ€™s project engages three separate groups with over 40 participants, in partnership with Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education (CABE), Centennial Secondary School Transitions Program and Gay-Straight Alliance students, and Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) Aries Program. Participants are creating masks, spoken word/rap, music, paintings, photography, sculpture, and street art, which will be shared in a Youth Art Gallery Celebration, this June.
Some of our youth participants creating their art pieces
Some of the topics included in the Youth Art Engagement Project include: gender, social media and technology in relation to exploitation and trafficking, addictions, gangs and exploitation, peer-to-peer empowerment, as well as capacity building of youth participants to take a leadership role in preventing sexual exploitation and human trafficking from happening to them and their peers. Thank you to our generous funders CKNW Orphansâ€™ Fund, Metro Vancouver, Ministry of Justice, SpencerCreo Foundation, and The Amir & Yasmin Virani Family Foundation for making a positive impact for youth in our community by supporting our Youth Art Engagement Project!
9 ADULT EDUCATION WORKSHOPS Over a five month period, Children of the Street Society delivered 24 workshops for 645
participants, or over 40 hours of education. Some of the highlights included traveling to Penticton and Bella Coola, as well as presenting workshops for: -
Ministry of Children and Family Development Tri-Cities Children and Youth Mental Health Workers
Purpose Societyâ€™s frontline workers
Half the Sky Advocacy Womenâ€™s Group
Wake Up Langley, in partnership with Youth Unlimited and Aldergrove Neighbourhood Services
British Columbia Alternate Education Association Conference
Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School Young Parent Program
South Okanagan Victims Assistance Society service providers
Some of our upcoming workshops include Qmunity, Kelowna SD23 Safe Schools Community Meeting, Vancouver Coastal Health Youth Clinic Inservice event, and much more!
FASHION FOR FREEDOM On February 21st, high school student Ronak held a fundraiser to benefit Children of the Street Society by hosting a fashion show at Ridgeway Elementary School in North Vancouver. Ronak and her friends raised awareness about child/youth sexual exploitation and human trafficking, as well as fundraised over $500 for our Society!
Fashion show underway!
Thank you to Ronak and friends for all your dedication, time and hard work to make this such a success!
(L-R) COS Program Coordinator Kev, Ronak and COS Fund Development Coordinator Chrys
10 SUPPORTER HIGHLIGHTS Every year, we work with members and businesses in the community who support the prevention of child/youth sexual exploitation and human trafficking by proactively raising awareness and funds for this issue. Below are a few of our recent community supporters:
Thank you to Nita and the Ladiesâ€™ Bridge Club who has supported us since 2008 through their bi-annual Bridge Tournament in Pitt Meadows. We were invited once again to their spring fundraiser which raised nearly $1,000 in November. To date, the tournament has raised over $12,000 for us since 2008!
Weâ€™d like to thank Porcaro Communications for their ongoing support for many years, as well as developing our 2012/2013 Annual Report!
Thank you to Canadian Tire in Coquitlam for their ongoing support and for providing us with so much support maintaining our vehicles! You can visit them at 1200 Seguin Drive (corner of King Edward St and Schoolhouse).
11 SAVE THE DATES Children of the Street Society is hosting two events coming up in June! Please save the date for the following:
PICTURES FROM LAST YEAR’S YOUTH ART GALLERY EVENT
Join us on the evening of
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014 at Winslow Centre in Coquitlam, BC Featuring refreshments, music and an interactive art gallery filled with social justice artwork created by youth participants from our Youth Art Engagement Project!
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR DONATING AN ITEM FOR OUR SILENT AUCTION? PICTURES FROM LAST YEAR’S PUB NIGHT FUNDRAISER
PLEASE CONTACT OUR FUND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR CHRYS CHOE AT CCHOE@CHILDRENOFTH ESTREET.COM.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014 at 6 PM Micky’s Public House at 170 Golden Drive, Coquitlam Featuring a raffle draw for a 16GB iPad Air and a silent auction with lots of great prizes! Please see our Pub Night poster on the next page for more details.
12 5th ANNUAL PUB NIGHT FUNDRAISER
13 FACTS ABOUT CHILD/YOUTH SEXUAL EXPLOITATION Child and youth sexual exploitation is a devastating form of human trafficking and sexual abuse, and itâ€™s happening here, in British Columbia.
14 2014 SPRING NEWSLETTER
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS! (TOP) JEREMY, CINDY, DONYA, AND PETER (BOTTOM) MAGGIE, JENNIFER AND LUCILLE
VOLUNTEERS HARD AT WORK SETTING UP THE EVENT
In March, we had 7 committed volunteers who contributed almost 40 hours to support our Celebration of Success and Fundraiser. Thank you to our volunteers Cindy, Donya, Jeremy, Peter, Maggie, Jennifer and Lucille for all your efforts and for your role in our success! If you’re interested in volunteering with Children of the Street Society, please contact our Fund Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604-777-7510 x 105.
There are many ways you can be involved with helping us to prevent child and youth sexual exploitation and trafficking in BC! Memberships and Donations play a big part in our everyday work. Support from individuals like you enables us to maintain and expand the positive impact we have on children and youth across the province. Our annual membership starts at $15 for individuals and proceeds from memberships and donations go towards our prevention-based workshops.
How Your Donations Help:
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Workshop resources and supplies for 10 youth participants Gas for 1 full day of workshops A one-hour workshop for 30 high-risk youth participants A two-hour Youth Art Engagement session for 10 high-risk youth participants One-on-one support for a youth and/or family affected by sexual exploitation Donate by phone, in person or online:
604 777 7510
208-1130 Austin Avenue Coquitlam, BC MON-FRI | 9AM – 4PM
15 FUNDERS & SUPPORTERS
As always, Children of the Street Society is grateful for the many supporters who have provided funds to the Society over the years, and have played a key role in our success and growth. Each contribution has helped us to fill a vital gap in the prevention and education of sexual exploitation in British Columbia. We are sincerely grateful to all our funders and supporters and we look forward to continuing these partnerships and welcoming new ones:
» Austin Properties » BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch » Ladies Bridge Club Fundraiser » Canadian Tire, Coquitlam » CIBC » City of Langley » City of Richmond » City of Surrey » City of Vancouver » CKNW Orphans’ Fund » Cosette Vancouver » Diamond Foundation » Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy » McCarthy Tétrault Foundation » Metro Vancouver » Ministry of Children and Family Development » Ministry of Justice
» National Council of Jewish Women Vancouver » PlEA Community Services Society of BC » RONA, Austin Heights » Silver Wheaton » SpencerCreo Foundation » The Amir & Yasmin Virani Family Foundation » The Evening Optimist Club of Coquitlam » The Hamber Foundation » The McLean Foundation » Soroptimist International of the Langleys » West Vancouver Community Foundation » Vancity Maillardville Thank you to all of our committed members, monthly donors as well as those who have contributed honoraria and individual donations. We are grateful for your support!
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin
Fuchsia-coloured ribbons symbolize efforts to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Fuchsia is a combination of red, for red light districts and purple, the provincial colour for violence prevention. Please wear a fuchsia ribbon to help raise awareness. Ribbons are available by contacting Children of the Street Society.
CONTACT INFORMATION Children of the Street Society 208-1130 Austin Avenue Coquitlam, BC V3K 3P5 P: 604 777 7510 F: 604 525 0024 E: email@example.com