The 2021–2022 year brought much change to the Community Engagement department.
Some of our most senior team members departed SACE for new and exciting opportunities this year. As challenging as it was to see these phenomenal people move on from their full-time roles, we were fortunate to retain a few as contractors to provide continued mentorship and support. It’s also been exciting to see remaining staff settle into leadership roles, and new staff bring energy, ideas, and diverse experiences and perspectives to our team.
Along with the staff changes, CE has had to continue to manage the shifting landscape caused by COVID-19. For the second year, our services were delivered almost entirely online. Fortunately, CE has proved time and again how incredibly adaptable and versatile we can be. Despite the challenges associated with online service delivery, we are truly stronger than ever, and providing more services, to a larger demographic, than ever before.
The SACE Community Engagement department is home to our community-facing programs: the SACE Support and Information Line, Public Education, Institutional Support, Community and Agency Development, Community Outreach, and Volunteer Services. In addition to the external work our team completed this past year, we put a strong focus on internal development and growth. A few examples include:
This ever-expanding basis of knowledge our team cultivates on topics that intersect with the issue of sexual violence gives us the foundation we need to continue to innovate and strengthen our sexual violence prevention and support services, and to provide the wrap-around support that makes SACE so essential and unique.