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Calgary Stampeders leading change on domestic violence

Fort Macleod and district residents are invited Wednesday, April 25 to become part of a cultural change led by a Canadian Football League team.
Members of the Calgary Stampeders will give a presentation on domestic violence and abuse against women.
“Domestic violence is a problem in a lot of different communities and ours is one of them,” Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services director Angie O’Connor said.
The Calgary Stampeders have partnered with the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters in a program to stop domestic violence and abuse against women.
Through “Leading Change: The Alberta CFL Project,” Stampeders players and coaches received three days of training in gender-based violence prevention.
“They’ve got some great results in changing the way people think about domestic violence,” O’Connor said.
Leading Change: The Alberta CFL Project is based on the principle of the power of peers to create social change.
The program promotes respectful relationships, along with recognizing and interrupting inappropriate and abusive behaviour.
“They want people to be more aware of the language of abuse,” O’Connor said. “They want people to be more comfortable with leading by example. Sometimes that’s not so easy.”
The Stampeders have also enacted a public awareness program with announcements during games at McMahon Stadium.
The community is invited for a pulled pork dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
There is no admission fee, but anyone planning on having dinner is asked to pre-register at 403-553-4491 by Friday, April 20.
Following dinner, the Leading Change presentation will begin.
There is no admission charge, and no reservations are needed for people just attending the presentation.
“Everyone in the community is invited,” O’Connor said.
On Thursday, April 26 Leading Change presentations will be made to Grade 10-12 students at F.P. Walshe school.

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