‘Breakfast with the Guys’ aims to shine a light on domestic violence

An early morning event Nov. 9 is aiming to raise funds and raise awareness around the problem of domestic violence.

A purple ribbon is the symbol of the campaign to end domestic violence.

A purple ribbon is the symbol of the campaign to end domestic violence.

An early morning event Nov. 9 is aiming to raise funds and raise awareness around the problem of domestic violence.

On November 9 Leduc FCSS is organizing “Breakfast with the Guys,” an event that’s held in Canada and the U.S. to bring men together for a delicious breakfast, listen to guests speakers discuss the issue of violence in families and to stand up and be counted as men in the community who reject family violence.

Amanda Ulrickson, family support coordinator for Leduc FCSS, said the event is also important to raise funding for two worthy local organizations.

“We’re raising funds and intending to bring awareness to the community on the issue of family violence,” said Ulrickson by phone Sept. 18.

“One hundred per cent of the proceeds go to Riseup House, a women’s outreach centre in Leduc, and the Camrose Women’s Shelter.”

Ulrickson said the highlight of the morning will be comments from guest speaker Mark Wynn. “He is a 21 year member of the Nashville Metro Police Department and served as lieutenant of the domestic violence division,” she said. Ulrickson said Wynn has a mountain of valuable insight into the causes and effects of family violence in a community.

Ulrickson said family violence affects every community, rich or poor. “Well, I think family violence only gets reported 20 per cent of the time, and it can happen in any community,” she said.

The FCSS spokesperson said Breakfast with the Guys is not only going to feature a delicious breakfast menu, but is also a great opportunity to network with others in the community and to show support for victims of family violence. The breakfast is not male-exclusive, and anyone is welcome.

“We’re just really encouraging businesses to attend, to take action to end violence and abuse against women,” Ulrickson said.

Breakfast with the Guys, hosted by Mayor Greg Krischke, will be held Nov. 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Royal Executive Inn. Tickets are $60 per person, or $400 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at Leduc FCSS located at the Leduc Civic Centre in the old Library space at #1 Alexandra Park. Tickets are available until Nov. 6. More information is available by calling Leduc FCSS at 780-980-7109.

Breakfast with the Guys is sponsored by Southfork, Fortis Alberta, Leduc-Nisku EDA, the Leduc Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Leduc.