Core in the Community

The Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch

The Be Brave Ranch by Ray LaBonte and Family is a treatment centre focused solely to help children who have been sexually abused, as well as their families. The Be Brave Ranch program (supported by Little Warriors) offers these children a place to heal and increase their chances of growing into healthy adults, and supports both the child and their families in their own environment for a full year.

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St.Albert Food Bank

The St. Albert Food Bank has been providing emergency nutritional support to the community since 1984.

The St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village (SAFBCV) assists disadvantaged residents to reach or return to a state of independence, personal safety and improved quality of life and empowerment.  The Community Village Community Liaison Worker coordinates client access to appropriate community-based social agencies and provide assistance to individuals in social crises which could include, but not limited to, housing and food insecurities, abuse and unemployment. For more information about the St.Albert Food Bank visit .

Kids Up Front EdmonTon

Kids Up Front Edmonton provides experiences to deserving children and youth in the Edmonton area. We believe that all kids should have access to enriching experiences like arts, culture, and sporting events. Attendance at events like these helps to foster feelings of inclusion and belonging in the children we help. Kids Up Front reaches children in need through our innovative program by distributing tickets, classes, and passes to more than 200 partner agencies in the Edmonton area.

Stop Abuse In Families Society

Our founder, Ireen Slater, found herself a single mum of 4 children and decided to go back to school to upgrade her skills in order to gain employment. Having been in an abusive relationship herself, and knowing what the support of friends, colleagues, a great counsellor meant in her life, she tried to find ways to support others in similar situations. She was encouraged to go back to school to do what she had a passion for: social work. While attending a family violence conference, she reached out to a friend in the RCMP and suggested the need for a support group for those dealing with domestic abuse in St Albert.


Not long after that the St Albert Interfaith Council put a call out for a working group to address domestic abuse. Ireen chaired the group that eventually became the Stop Abuse in Families (SAIF) Society, incorporated in 1989.  Ireen started building capacity right away, looking for professionals who could help with the work. Fundraising, finding volunteers to run programs and raising awareness of domestic abuse was the immediate need. Beginning with support groups, teaching courses on family violence and abuse and soon, including youth programs as part of their core offerings, SAIF began to meet the needs of families trying to address the issues related to abuse and to work towards healing. It became evident that prevention was equally as important to break the cycles of abuse and so an education coordinator was added to the team. 


Today, SAIF operates with the same mandate – to support, to educate and to advocate for those who have experienced and/or witnessed family violence and abuse. We’ve grown to include a small clinical team of psychologists and social workers who provide short term counselling; referrals & supports; education programs to support healthy relationships; and a training ground for professionals looking to build their understanding of domestic abuse and violence.

Thanks to Ireen’s vision and dedication, SAIF continues to provide services to local families.