Party Crasher: Leading Change

The ACWS teams up with professional athletes in the fight against domestic violence.

Photography by Jason Everitt

About 65 people, including business leaders, government officials and professional athletes, gathered in the Empire Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald to raise awareness for the prevention of domestic violence. The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) hosted the Jan. 16 event, which featured a talk by filmmaker and anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz. “This is one of the great, sad, tragic issues of our time, our culture and our history. Men’s violence against women is a world-wide problem,” said Katz, who has been involved with ACWS since 2005.

This organization provides support to women’s shelters across the province through education, research and services. Players from the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders were also present at the talk, as the ACWS is developing a partnership with both football teams.”It’s exciting to work with ACWS and sports organizations,” said Katz, who lives in the Los Angeles area but speaks regularly at the organization’s events. “There’s a lot of energy happening here and elsewhere to build partnerships between men and women to get us to the next level.

1. Jason Hills and Amy Moats

2. Christie Lavan and former mayor Jan Reimer

3. Jonathan Anderson and Keon Raymond

4. Doris Stevens and David Stevens

5. Matt McPhee and Len Rhodes

6. Heather Morrison and Kris Andreychuk

7. Maureen MacKay and Andrea Ferguson

8. Andres Torres and Colleen Pirie

9. Deputy Minister, Alberta Human Services, Steve MacDonald and Mayor Don Iveson

10. Matt Nichols, Nate Coehoorn and Ryan King

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