Bryanna sits in a classroom at her Calgary high school

 

 

Bryanna was only 16 years old when she moved out of her family home. Unlike most of her classmates at the time, she spent her days worrying about having enough money to buy food and pay rent. School, she says, just wasn’t a priority.

“When I first started high school, I didn’t have any support; I had no one to turn to. Everyone in my family had dropped out of school so I figured I would do the same. I thought that I wouldn’t need my education for anything and I couldn’t see myself going to college. I was convinced that I would end up working a minimum wage job for the rest of my life,” she says.

“I had nobody to sit me down and say, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll figure this out.’ I wasn’t very hopeful for the future,” she adds.

A short while after, Bryanna met Brittany, an All In for Youth Success Coach who provides support to youth facing barriers that prevent them from completing high school. When Brittany asked her what she planned on doing after graduation, Bryanna replied that she wanted become a veterinary technician. But, with no emotional or financial support, she didn’t think her dream could become a reality.

Brittany disagreed. “Financial barriers should never keep you from being who you want to be, or where you want to be in life. I will help you access funds and apply for bursaries. I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but we’ll figure it out together. Your life isn’t going to be hopeless.”

That was two years ago. Today, Bryanna is enrolled at Bow Valley College, studying to become a veterinary assistant. She credits her success to working hard, and having Brittany by her side.

“I used to be really pessimistic about life, but I have learned that it does get better. You aren’t always going to be at the lowest point in your life, and asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. I’m proud of what I have accomplished, and how far I’ve come with a little support. I can take pride in myself. I made it.”

Work in action

Bryanna moved out of her family home at 16 years old

Connected with Brittany, and All In for Youth Success Coach

Brittany helped secure funds and bursaries for Bryanna’s education

Now studying to be a Veterinary Technician at Bow Valley College

 

A few of Calgary’s North of McKnight Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative smile at one of their monthly meetings

In 2010, United Way held several roundtable discussions with the North of McKnight community residents to gain a better understanding of the issues and challenges that they face. Family violence emerged as a key community priority.

To combat the issue, residents formed the North of McKnight Domestic Violence Prevention Collaborative, a coalition of 18 primarily ethno-cultural and faith-based groups focused on educating and preventing domestic violence in their communities. For many of the victims, the collaborative offers vital culturally-appropriate counselling and peer support that they cannot access elsewhere.

“Going to the police or seeking help through mainstream services isn’t an option for many of our neighbours and friends. Because of their religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds, they are reluctant to reach out for help. They fear their cases won’t be handled properly, and this fear prevents them from leaving the violent situations they find themselves in,” says Atiya Ashna, North of McKnight Communities Society Board member.

When members of the collaborative first appeared on local ethnic media outlets to openly discuss the issue, they received a surge of phone calls from battered women seeking help. Since then, the group has helped hundreds of women escape domestic violence situations. Religious leaders, scholars, and community leaders from diverse backgrounds are using their influence and voice to spread awareness and provide an extra layer of safety to the impacted individuals and families.

“Most of our residents come from cultures that are male dominated. We are working with religious leaders to educate the men and help them understand the impact of family violence. Members from different ethnic groups are organizing workshops and events in order to engage residents of all ages. We’re all collectively trying to remove the stigma around domestic violence. If we keep talking about it, it’s no longer going to be a hidden problem,” says Humaira Falak, Taradale community group. “Having 18 different ethnic and religious based groups come together isn’t always easy, but we are working hard to support victims and survivors. When we started out, no one wanted to talk about the issue and now, not only are people talking, they’re taking action. That’s the power of a community.”

Work in action

This is a coalition of 18 primary ethno-cultural and faith-based groups

Working together to end domestic violence in their communities

Offers culturally-appropriate counselling and peer support

Has helped hundreds of women escape domestic abuse

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