Embarking on a transformative journey to repair, rebuild, and repurpose our 1927 building’s basement foundation, we aim to instill new vitality into this historic structure, forging a future where it serves as a nurturing haven for Children & Youth as they navigate the justice system.
HELP LSAS reach their goal of $450,000 to repair the crumbling foundation of their 1927 community building!
Funds raised to date
Little Bear’s Den is a required community space that will support the expansion and demand for services within our Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre Program. The renovation to our 1927 community building will be repurposed by building additional space for Little Bear children and youth to journey through their investigation and feel safe. Little Bear’s Den will be complete with the following:
- Two state-of-the-art forensic interview rooms
- Accompanying observation rooms
- Nature-based themes throughout
- A meeting space
- A smudging room
The benefits are:
- A safe and comfortable environment for children and youth
- Wrap-around support for children, youth, and families impacted by abuse
- Soothing nature-based energy to support healing and wellness
- Cultural spaces and acknowledgements in line with Truth and Reconciliation efforts
- Maintenance of RCMP provincial standards for the digital and audio recording of evidence
Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services (LSAS) found great success raising money through our A Night Under The Stars Gala. We have not met our goal yet; however, we are hopeful for the future and the ongoing support offered by communities, businesses, and individuals. Over the last four decades of dedication, long hours, countless grants, and funding proposals, passionate staff, and the support of the community and surrounding areas, LSAS has grown into the non- profit organization it is today. LSAS provides crisis intervention, counselling, advocacy, and support to children, youth, families, and individuals affected by sexual violence, family violence, exploitation, and other types of abuse.
The Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is a direct benefit to rural and remote Albertans and Saskatchewan residents. Key direct partners include RCMP Detachments from both sides of the border, Central Alberta Children’s Services and the Ministry of Social Services, Crown Prosecutors and Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services. The community as a whole requires this to be an available and accessible option for growing generations.
girls will experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18 years.
boys will experience some form of sexual violence before the age of 18 years.
Generally speaking, 45% of the population has disclosed sexual assault or abuse
Thank you to Synergy Credit Union for their $50,000 donation!
Here’s how to give:
Make a one time donation
Make a monthly donation
Recognition of donors will be showcased at the entrance of the basement.
Support today by contributing directly towards our goal through the below donation form.
ONE $500 donation
TWO $250 donations (monthly)
FIVE $100 donations (monthly)
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- Synergy Credit Union
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- Abby Road Flowers & Gifts
- Gold Horse Casino
- Northwind Radio
- Narra Studios
- Integra Engineering
- Servus Credit Union
- Reid & Wright Signs
- Spiros Restaurant
- One The Line Creative Consulting
- Furniture Gallery
- Moonlight Photography
- Veikle Agro
Initially, City Hall and Fire Department the building had cemented rooms with original wooden doors that led to city jail cells, a small wooden door that once connected buildings through an underground tunnel which is now filled in with soil, and two antique vaults that were utilized nearly 100 years ago. We truly value the opportunity to maintain and enhance the building we call home as the agency recognizes that this building is an integral part of Lloydminster’s heritage.
LSAS had humble beginnings and provided initial services in the basement of Dr. Stelmachuck’s building before moving to a small residential house located at 5311-50th Avenue. Fortunately, in 2003 the agency was in the position to financially invest in a home to call their own. Through the generosity and support of Mark Harty and family, the agency purchased the old City Hall building that was property of Harty Developments Ltd. For many years, LSAS only occupied the main floor of the community building and the top two floors were rented as apartments and/or commercial space. The Centre has also been known as a hub for businesses and organizations that included legal representatives, aesthetician services, as well as the Men at Risk Program offered through Alberta Health Services. With the community’s support and awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence in conjunction with services offered by LSAS; the agency began to experience overwhelming demands for programming and resources. With the expansion of services and increase of staff, the agency grew to occupy the entire building.
Services have grown immensely since the ’80s. LSAS has created a safe and comfortable environment for anyone to access healing and supportive services. Growing from a volunteer staff to a funded team of dedicated, motivated, and inspiring members has given LSAS the opportunity to embrace innovation and progressive movements to provide best practices and unique healing opportunities. In the mid-2000s, the team recognized the increase of children under the age of 12 who were exhibiting sexual behaviour concerns. Thus, a program was piloted; however, it was not until 2016 that a successful Sexual Behaviour Program was implemented. Educational presentations and group programs offer a span of topics such as consent, social media, compassion, bullying, harassment, and self-esteem. The program ensures statistics and engaging content are delivered to children, youth, adults, and professionals.
In 2011, LSAS facilitators became licensed to deliver the provincial First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse TrainingTM and continue this two-day workshop, among other training opportunities, today. In May 2019, the soft opening of Little Bear invited community partners, funders like the Fred North Charitable Foundation and Ryken Group LTD, staff, volunteers, and families to tour the renovated facility and understand more about each LSAS division. In October 2019, interviews began being conducted on site with collaboration from the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment leading the way. This multi- disciplinary team truly makes a positive change in the community. The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) was established in April 2016 as a part of an Alberta provincial movement to ensure effective support for those who have experienced recent sexual violence when accessing medical services in Emergency Rooms. Advancements in the Police and Court Support Program were a direct result of Alberta provincial advocacy for change in the justice system as it pertains to sexual violence in 2018. The Border City Rotary Club funded new court books for children, youth, adults, and caregivers. As a result of organizational growth, LSAS services expanded to include Anger Resolution, Non-Suicidal Self- Injury Support, Art and Play Integration, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This shift in services resulted in a third division of LSAS – North Ryken Enhanced Services. The variety of modalities within LSAS creates space for clients to choose what might fit best for them as they navigate the healing process. In 2022, LSAS supported 800 individuals. True to LSAS’s nature, there are ongoing projects and plans. Unfortunately, the ravages of time are beginning to show, and the basement structure is no longer structurally sound. LSAS Building provides a safe space for individuals and families on their healing journey. As you can imagine, this need for the Foundation repair has left LSAS devastated at the prospect of losing our beloved building that we have loved for the past 20 years. Despite this challenge, LSAS is determined to transform the space into “Little Bear’s Den,” expanding the Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre to continue providing a safe haven for individuals and families on their healing journey.
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM/COURT SUPPORT
SART is available to clients by accessing emergency, medical services at the Lloydminster Hospital, seeking help at the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment, or through crisis call and/or walk- in crisis support at LSAS.
The Police and Court Support Program specializes in providing services to any client that is a victim of sexual violence going through the judicial system. Those referred to the program are connected with a Court Advocate. They advocate for the client with key partners in the justice field as they navigate court preparation and potential trial dates.
THE LITTLE BEAR CHILD & ADVOCACY CENTRE
The Little Bear Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is a division of Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services (LSAS). Little Bear is a warm and inviting place where RCMP and Children’s Services are welcome to conduct forensic interviews and Crown Prosecutors can meet with clients. Little Bear Child & Youth Advocates are a caring support throughout the entire process – from greeting the child/youth and their non-offending family members to providing emotional support, a visit to Lilly’s Toy Room and offering referrals onto healing supports afterwards.
LSAS provides individual support to children, youth, adults, and families who have been, directly or indirectly, impacted by sexual violence. Services are offered to all genders, ethnicities, socio-economic status, and age. Clients are assigned to a Crisis Interventionist and will work together for healing and hope. Crisis Interventionists collaborate to support siblings, parents, friends, and other family members as they support their loved ones.